DPWH sets bidding for NLEX-SLEX connector

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As planned, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Friday invited interested parties to participate in the Swiss challenge for the connector road that will link the North and South Luzon expressways.

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In an invitation to bid, DPWH said that it has received and approved an unsolicited proposal from Metro Pacific Investments Corporation to extend NLEX utilizing the existing right of way of the Philippine North Expressway from 63 Road in Caloocan to Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in Sta. Mesa and connecting to SLEX through South Metro Manila Skyway System Project (MMSS).

The planned 8-km elevated toll expressway from NLEX Segment 10 at the Circumferential Road, C-3 in 5th Avenue, Caloocan and connecting to SLEX is part of DPWH’s master plan for the High Standard Highways System.

As prescribed by the Build Operate Transfer (BOT) Law, DPWH is inviting private companies to submit comparative proposals better than that of MPIC, the proponent of the unsolicited proposal.

Qualification and tender documents will be available from April 16 until May 24 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Office of the Secretariat of the Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) for public-private partnership (PPP) service at the Port Area in Manila.

Submission of comparative proposal documents and a fee of P200,000 must be submitted by July 5, 2016 at the DPWH’s office also in the Port Area.

The connector road is expected to provide an alternative route going to the port area in Manila North Harbor, decongesting traffic while reducing travel time between the port and NLEX to 20 minutes from 2 hours.

The project will cater to 35,000 motorists a day.

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