The P10.5-billion elevated NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 expressway is expected to be completed before the end of 2017, which will cut travel time by more than minutes from the Port of Manila to the North Expressway, the Department of Public Works and Highways said.
The elevated expressway will provide direct access between the port area in Manila and the northern provinces of Luzon via NLEX. It is the second and last component of NLEX Harbor Link, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said.
Villar said the 5.65-kilometer Segment 10 expressway will connect Segment 9 at MacArthur Highway in Valenzuela City to C-3 Road (5th Avenue) in Caloocan City.
The Public Works chief said that the program, dubbed “Build, Build, Build” is the administration’s infrastructure program where several government agencies are partnered in implementing major projects such as roads, bridges, railways, airports, and green cities to bolster development and ease traffic congestion in the country.
“When completed, travel time from the Manila Port to the NLEX will take only 10 minutes as it is designed to provide direct access between the port area and the northern part of Luzon via the NLEX. It will decongest Metro Manila by providing an alternative entry to NLEX, without passing Edsa and other busy streets of Manila,” he said.
“The NLEX Harbor Link will be a great boost to the country’s cargo transport industry as cargo trucks will have 24/7 direct access from the port area to the northern provinces of Luzon and vice versa,” according to Metro Pacific Investments Corp. Chairman Manuel Pangilinan.
“The P10.5-billion project, which is using the alignment of the Philippine National Railways [PNR], traverses Karuhatan in Valenzuela City, Governor Pascual Avenue in Malabon City, and C3 road in Caloocan City,” Villar said.
“The Duterte administration is keen on prioritizing projects which not only aim to address traffic problems but also generate massive investments to help improve the lives of the Filipino people,” Villar added.