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NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 opening to public soon: DPWH

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 21 February 2019 02:20 AM

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar with his team during the final inspection of
North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link Segment 10 | Courtesy: PIA Central Luzon

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)

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Duterte to lead inauguration of NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 28 February 2019 04:59 PM

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)

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Drowsy driver tips over 16-wheeler

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 13 December 2018 02:33 PM

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Fighting off sleep while on the road, a driver ended up tipping over the 16-wheeler truck he was driving along North Luzon Expressway in Balintawak, Thursday at dawn.

Stephen Morones,30, was driving with delivery helper, Fernando Santillan, when he suddenly felt drowsy from working all night loading containers until morning.

He tried to park by the side of the road for a quick nap but was prevented from doing so.

“Tatabi dapat ako diyan kaya lang sinusundan kami ng wrecker. Nakikusap ako ng kahit 30 minutes lang, hindi ako pinagbigyan eh, kaya dinerecho ko na (I was going to park by the side but a wrecker was following us. I asked if I could have at least 30 minutes, but they wouldn’t allow it. So, I just kept on driving),” Morones said.

Struggling to stay awake, he continued to drive not realizing that he was already falling asleep at the wheel.

The truck initially crashed into a concrete separator and a road sign before flipping over onto its side, blocking the two lanes on NLEX.

Santillan sustained foot injuries and complained of pain in the hip while Morones has trouble walking after the accident.

No one else was reported hurt by the incident.

The crash caused heavy traffic on NLEX and Edsa northbound prompting the NLEX traffic control to send for a lifter to haul the truck to the impounding area at the Pulilan Exit.

The truck’s driver will be facing reckless driving resulting in damage to property. — Chato Alonsagay (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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More toll collection points to open in NLEx, SCTEx, CAVITEx during Undas

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, 23 October 2018 04:49 PM

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) is gearing up for the surge of motorists in expressways beginning October 31 to November 5.

The MPTC is planning to set up additional toll collection points in strategic areas along the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx); the Subic–Clark–Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx); and the Manila–Cavite Expressway (CAVITEx).

The plan is expected to ease the flow of vehicles and shorten queues of motorists at toll plazas.

The MPTC is also planning to suspend all construction works in the three major expressways to keep the roads free of obstructions.

There will also be patrol teams to manage traffic flow on ground and motorist camps in strategic areas along the thoroughfares where motorists can avail of free WiFi access, drinking water and first aid treatment or basic mechanical services in case of road emergencies.

Meanwhile, the MPTC reminds motorists to make sure they enter the proper toll gate to avoid delays.

“Iyon po namang mga toll plazas natin malayo pa lang makikita na natin ang mga signs. Iyong green arrow kung cash payer ka, doon lang; iyon lang ang tumbukin nating lane. Dapat malayo pa lang tingnan na ng mga motorista. Magdesisyon na sila kung saan dapat gumamit na toll,” said Glenn Campos, the vice president for technology and operation management of the NLEX Corporation.

The Toll Regulatory Board noted that there will be no increase in toll rate despite continuous road improvements and expansion works in NLEx, SCTEx, and CAVITEx.

The Board said they are still having a thorough study on whether to approve the P9.00 toll rate increase being requested by the MPTC.

“Iyang toll rate na iyan ingat na ingat tayo ngayon dyan, ang gobyerno, dahil kasi ayaw na nating maka-contribute pa sa inflation sa sitwasyon natin ngayon,” said TRB member Alberto Suansing.

But in event that the toll rate hike is approved, Suansing said, it will be collected on a staggered basis so as not to burden the motorists. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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