The North Luzon Harbor Link Segment 9, which will connect the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) with MacArthur Highway in Karuhatan, Valenzuela City, was expected to open on March 18, the Manila North Tollways Corp (MNTC) announced.
“We are just awaiting the toll operations permit from TRB (Toll Regulatory Board). We are targeting next week, maybe March 18,” said Rodrigo Franco, MNTC President and Chief Executive Officer.
“They are still inspecting. There are some works that needed to be completed over the weekend,” he said.
Segement 9 offers motorists another entry point to NLEX in addition to Balintawak and Mindanao Avenues. The road is more than 95 percent completed.
MNTC said the Segment 9 toll fees are as follows: Class 1 P45; Class 2 P114; and Class 3 P136.
In January, MNTC started the construction of the NLEX Karuhatan Valenzuela Interchange, the last major infrastructure to complete the 2.42-kilometer Segment 9 that will link NLEX to MacArthur Highway in Valenzuela City.
Segment 9 is a modern four-lane that cost P1.59 billion and features two pedestrian foot bridges, two vehicular overpasses, and seven drainage box culverts.
Segment 9 aims to make the expressway more accessible to travelers, especially those from Metro Manila.
MNTC said the new road would facilitate the movement of people and goods between Central and Northern Luzon and the northern part of the metropolis, particularly the Caloocan-Malabon-Navotas-Valenzuela (Camanava) area.
It said trucks going to Camanava via NLEX can take the west-bound ramp at the Smart Connect Interchange to proceed to Segment 9 and take MacArthur Highway instead of exiting at the Valenzuela Interchange and passing through the congested Maysan Road.
Trucks going to the Port Area can take the same route and pass by Monumento in Caloocan instead of exiting at Balintawak and going through traffic-heavy EDSA.
The economic benefits that Segment 9 will bring are expected to increase further when Segment 10 of the NLEX Harbor Link is finished in late 2016.