Duterte to lead inauguration of NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10

Robie de Guzman   •   February 28, 2019   •   2705

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is set to lead the inauguration of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link Segment 10 on Thursday.

According to Malacañang, the program for the opening of the completed elevated portion of the NLEX Harbor link tollway will be held this afternoon.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) earlier said that the 5.65-kilometer road, which traverses the cities of Valenzuela, Malabon and Caloocan, aims to make the delivery of goods quicker and more efficient for truckers as it will directly connect the expressway to the port area and vice versa.

It is also expected to ease travel from C3 Road to NLEX from five (5) to ten (10) minutes, decongest traffic along EDSA and help motorists gain easier access to NLEX as it bypasses the Balintawak Area as well as the Balintawak toll plaza.

A P45 fee is set for the Harbor Link tollway but motorists who will use it for the first two weeks of the opening will not be charged, the DPWH said.

Aside from this, Duterte is also expected to grace the groundbreaking ceremony for the NLEX-SLEX Connector Road Project on Thursday.

The elevated expressway will be four-lane wide and eight-kilometre long. It will traverse from C3 Road Caloocan Interchange to Blumentritt and España roads towards Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) and Sta. Mesa in Manila.

The construction project, which costs around P23.5 billion, will begin on April 2019 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. – Robie de Guzman (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

NLEX to probe coping beam collapse incident in Skyway Stage 3 project

Robie de Guzman   •   August 19, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Corporation on Monday said it will probe the incident of coping beam collapse that caused traffic build-up at the southbound lane of Balintawak in Quezon City on Sunday.

In a Twitter post, the NLEX Corp. said the decision came “after a coping beam being lifted for one of the piers detached during the installation yesterday morning.”  

It said a review will be conducted on the lifting and other construction procedures used by the contractor of the San Miguel-led Citra Central Expressway Corporation Skyway Stage 3 project.  

“The NLEX Corporation and San Miguel-led Citra Central Expressway Corporation (CCEC) today said they will conduct a review of the lifting procedures and other construction methodologies to be employed by the contractor for the Skyway Stage 3 Project within the NLEX area to ensure safety of motorists and construction personnel,” it said.

Around 9 a.m. on Sunday, a 58-ton coping beam being installed for the project fell down after it got detached from its hook.

The NLEX said the incident caused the flow of traffic to slow down at Balintawak-Camachile area.

The coping beam was fully retrieved at past 12 p.m., making three lanes passable.

The Skyway Stage 3 project is an 18.68-kilometer elevated expressway that will connect Buendia in Makati City to Balintawak, Quezon City.

It is projected to be completed by the first quarter of 2020.

DPWH to conduct road repairs from August 16-19

Robie de Guzman   •   August 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways is set to conduct road repairs and reblocking from August 16 (Friday) to August 19 (Monday), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced.

In an advisory, the MMDA said the road repair will start at 11 p.m. later in the following roads:

SOUTHBOUND:

  • EDSA fronting Sojen and fronting Chevrolet (5th lane from sidewalk)
  • EDSA from Magallanes – Baclaran Bus Stop to Magallanes – Alabang Bus Stop (outer lane)
  • EDSA Eugenio Lopez – Sct. Borromeo (desilting and construction of manhole)
  • Katipunan Ave. from approach Boni Serrano Tunnel (truck lane)
  • Quezon City along EDSA Southbound between West Avenue and Philam Village (restoration/concreting works)

EASTBOUND:

  • Quirino Highway Theresa Heights and before Belfast (inner lane)
  • Elliptical Rd before Commonwealth Ave. (7th lane from outer sidewalk)


WESTBOUND

  • General Luis before Oriental Tin

NORTHBOUND

  • EDSA before New York St. (1st lane from sidewalk)
  • C-5 Road C.P Garcia approach to Kalayaan Ave. Ext.


Motorists are advised to avoid the said areas and use alternate routes instead.

Affected roads will be fully passable by 5 a.m. on Monday, August 19.

DPWH confident Makati to Cubao trip in 5 minutes possible by December

Robie de Guzman   •   August 7, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Wednesday expressed confidence that it will be able to achieve President Rodrigo Duterte’s target of reducing the travel time from Cubao in Quezon City to Makati City to five minutes by December.

There are only four months left before the president’s deadline which was issued early this year but the DPWH said the shortened travel time will be made possible through a “combination” of infrastructure projects in Metro Manila seen to be completed this year.

When asked which projects will help shorten the drive, Anna Mae Lamentillo, who heads the DPWH’s Build, Build, Build Interagency Committee, admitted there is no singular way to do it.

She added that a bigger announcement will be made on how the target will be achieved.

“There is no singular strategy for this program pero ayaw kong ma-preempt ang (but I don’t want to preempt the) formal announcement for this project. I hope we can wait for the formal announcement on how this will be done,” she told reporters during a Malacañang press briefing.

Some of the projects under the Duterte administration’s infrastructure program are designed to reduce road traffic and travel time especially in Metro Manila’s major thoroughfares, Edsa and C5.

These include the Metro Manila Skyway Project, North Luzon Expressway Harbor Link, C5 South Link, and the NLEx-SLEx Connector Road which are seen to offer access and alternate routes for motorists.

Also being constructed are bridges seen to link business hubs, as well as railway projects that are envisioned to reduce the travel time and ease road congestions.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar earlier said that some of the projects are expected to be completed within this year

“What we have right now is a master plan that will effectively decongest Edsa and C5 by about 300,000 vehicles in total,” Lamentillo said.

Solving traffic woes in Edsa is one of Duterte’s promises that is yet to be fulfilled. He previously asked Congress to grant him emergency powers to solve the problem but to no avail.

In his fourth State of the Nation Address, Duterte ordered local governments to clear public roads being used for private ends.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has responded to the chief executive’s order by directing mayors to conduct a 60-day operation to clear roads of illegal vendors and structures obstructing sidewalks. (with details form Rosalie Coz)

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