NLEx-SLEx connector set to start construction in June

posted April 01, 2018 at 07:00 pm by Darwin G. Amojelar

NLEX Corp. said it will start the construction of the P23-billion expressway linking North Luzon Expressway and South Luzon Expressway by June.

“By June or July, we should be mobilizing by that date,” NLEX president and chief executive Rodrigo Franco said.

NLEX secured the notice of award from the Public Works Department on Sept. 19, 2016, but the construction of the NLEx-SLEx Connector Road was affected by the delay in the delivery of right-of-way.

The project is an unsolicited proposal approved by the National Economic and Development Authority under the build-operate-transfer scheme for the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of an 8-kilometer elevated toll expressway over the right-of-way of Philippine National Railways.

The project starts at the junction of NLEx Segment 10 at C-3 Road/5th Ave. in Caloocan City and will connect to South Luzon Expressway though Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 Project in Manila. 

Upon its completion in 2021, the elevated expressway will provide motorists another alternative to the heavily congested Edsa.

The project is also expected to reduce travel time between NLEx and SLEx from two hours to only 20 minutes.

NLEX budgeted P19 billion this year for the construction of NLEx-SLEx Project and the Harbor Link Segment 10, including the R10 Section in Dagat-Dagatan, Navotas City. 

Expected to be opened this year, Harbor Link Segment 10 is a 5.7-km elevated expressway traversing NLEx from Smart Connect Interchange and cross over Mac Arthur Highway in Valenzuela City with down ramps along C3/5th Ave. Interchange in Caloocan City. 

Once Harbor Link is fully completed, travel between the Port of Manila and NLEx will take only 10 minutes and will provide direct expressway access to commercial vehicles, specially heavy trucks. 

Around 40,000 vehicles traversing the Port of Manila and NLEx daily are expected to benefit from Harbor Link.