NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 opening to public soon: DPWH
admin • February 21, 2019 • 2640
MANILA, Philippines — Traffic up North will soon be decongested with the imminent opening of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link Segment 10.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) conducted a dry-run on Wednesday for the opening of the elevated portion of the NLEX Harbor Link tollway on February 26, 2019.
According to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, 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.
“Lahat po ng trucks galing sa ports, pwede na nilang gamitin ito papuntang NLEX, so hindi na kailangan dumaan sa mga arteries natin sa Metro Manila,” Villar added.
The DPWH chief also said that the newly-constructed road is expected to ease travel from C3 Road to NLEX from five (5) to ten (10) minutes. It will also 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.
He also assured that motorists using the Harbor link will not be charged for the first two weeks of the opening.
“Ngayon, may option na sila dito na lang sa Harbor link diresto na sa Manila area. Makakatulong din sa traffic sa EDSA sa C5, at ang expected traffic dito ay 30,000 a day at yun din ang mababawas sa traffic sa Metro Manila,” he said.
Aside from lessened travel time, the new road is also envisioned to open more opportunities in nearby towns, such as the creation of more jobs and the ascent of land value.
The DPWH began the project in 2014, in partnership with the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation which operates the NLEX Corporation.
Villar assured that the new road is safe for motorists’ use and is at par with the international safety standards.
“Napakalaking bagay kasi sa ngayon may truck ban, pero ‘pag nag-open na po ito, dito na dadaan ang mga truck papuntang NLEX, napakalaking bagay. Isipin n’yo na lang ‘yung truck, is equal to ilang kotse yan? Sa laki ng truck, malaking bagay sa traffic. We make sure that our new road (follows) international standard sa safety,” Villar concluded. — Robie de Guzman (with reports from Nestor Torres)
MANILA, Philippines – Several lanes in the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) will be temporarily closed to motorists from November 5 to 8, its management warned.
In an advisory, NLEX said a lane in both northbound and southbound directions will be closed on Nov. 5 from 12midnight to 4 a.m., and 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. of Nov. 6 to give way to the Department of Public Works and Highways’ construction of the new Bocaue Interchange Bridge.
The NLEX also said a bridge condition assessment will also be conducted on the northbound sections of the expressway.
It said the portions to be assessed include Tullahan River Bridge, approximately 600 meters past Balintawak Toll Plaza, and Malaking Sapa Bridge-Northbound after Lawang Bato exit.
The management said the bridge assessment will be conducted at night time, and one lane will be closed to motorists from November 5 to 8 at 12 midnight to 4 a.m.
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Corporation is set to start the construction of the P1.6 billion Subic Freeport Expressway (SFEX) capacity expansion project after a groundbreaking ceremony held on Thursday (Sept. 12).
NLEX Corporation President and General Manager Luigi Bautista said the project is aimed at promoting traffic safety and easing travel time to and from the Subic Bay Freeport.
“By increasing the road capacity of SFEX, which traverses the provinces of Bataan and Zambales, the transport of goods in and out of the Subic Freeport would be faster and easier,” Bautista said.
The SFEX capacity expansion project includes the construction of two additional lanes, two bridges at Jadjad and Argonaut and a two-lane tunnel parallel to the existing tunnel.
Also included in the project are the installation of expressway-standard LED lights to improve motorists’ visibility at night and the raising of Maritan-Highway-Rizal Highway-Tipo Road junction which is usually waterlogged during rainy days.
“One of the key drivers of economic growth is the network of high-quality roads. The NLEX Corp., through NLEX and SCTEX, and the soon- to-expanded SFEX not only intends to accelerate development but also hopes to encourage travel convenience and road safety,” Bautista said in a separate statement.
The 8.2-kilometer SFEX, also known as Subic-Tipo Expressway or NLEX Segment 7, links Subic Bay Freeport and the 94-kilometer Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway.
The project, expected to be completed next year, is seen to enhance accessibility and promote travel efficiency on the key road that connects Bataan and Zambales.
It is also expected to boost Subic’s competitiveness in trade and tourism industries. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Leslie Huidem)
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