MANILA, Philippines — The government is set to construct a new elevated expressway in a part of Northern Metro Manila that would connect NLEX and Road 20 to Manila.
On Tuesday, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Corporation led the ground breaking ceremony in the NLEX Harbor link segment 10.
The 2.6-kilometer highway will cover the MacArthur Highway in Valenzuela City, Governor Pascual Avenue in Malabon and C3 Road in Caloocan.
Through this, the travel time of vehicles carrying cargoes going to central and northern Luzon will become faster.
The DPWH said the project will be a big help in easing the normally heavy flow of vehicles in Metro Manila.
“There would be a huge cut in congestion, especially along EDSA. Because the trucks that usually ply in Metro Manila can pass through the NLEX via the harbor link,” said DPWH Secretary Mark Villar.
Upon completion, the travel time of motorists from the port area to NLEX is expected to take only 10 minutes.
The project might also help improve businesses and trade in the country.
“We expect a significant contribution of the NLEX system to the Philippine economy. It would be a big relief if we can directly bring to R-10 the NLEX because R-10 has already been cleared and it’s a wide highway,” said Manila North Tollways Corporation president Rod Franco.
As of today, DPWH is addressing the right of way issues in areas that would be covered by the project. The DPWH and NLEX Corporation target to complete the construction of the expressway by December 2018. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue