About 30,000 vehicles are expected to benefit daily when the last component of the P10.5-billion North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link is constructed this month.Work on the 5.65-kilometer Segment 10, the second and last component of the NLEX Harbor Link, will start following the signing of the civil works construction contract between the Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) and Leighton Contractors (Asia) Limited.
Segment 10—the third venture between MNTC and Leighton— will be an elevated roadway connecting Segment 9 at MacArthur Highway in Malinta, Valenzuela City to C3 Road (5th Avenue) in Grace Park, Caloocan City.
The project will be completed in 2016 and help motorists travel faster to the Port Area as well as improve the movement of cargo trucks that will be freed from the truck ban.
Segment 10 will also help decongest Metro Manila since it is another alternative to the NLEX aside from EDSA/Balintawak and Mindanao Avenue. Cargo trucks, buses and commercial vehicles do not need to use Metro Manila’s congested streets to access the NLEX.
“Segment 10 is part of our expansion program geared towards connecting the NLEX to key areas in Metro Manila with the ultimate goal of providing convenience to motorists and promoting commerce in the metropolis and nearby provinces,” according to MNTC President Rodrigo Franco.
MNTC is the builder and concessionaire of the NLEX while Leighton is an internationally-known construction company previously engaged by MNTC for the 84- kilometer NLEX mainline and 2.7-km NLEX Mindanao Avenue Link Segment 8.1.
Under the contract, Leighton will put up the foundation, substructures and superstructures for the 2×2 lane elevated expressway to be constructed above the existing railroad of the Philippine National Railways.
Last March 3, the ground–breaking ceremonies of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link or the NLEX Segment 10.1 were held in PNR Data Center, Barangay 64, Caloocan City.
Meanwhile, construction of Segment 9 of the NLEX Harbor Link is in full swing.
The 2.4 kilometer area—the first component of the Harbor Link—will directly connect Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City to MacArthur Highway in Valenzuela City.
The P1.59-billion road segment is scheduled to begin commercial operations by the third quarter of the year.