‘Urban Ring Road’ in the works
MPTC building north-south tollways link for seamless city travel
That’s the brainchild of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation which has started suiting the action to what it calls a powerful idea whose time has come. “That’s why we call it the ‘MPTC Urban Ring Road,’ which is designed to improve circulation and assure unimpeded traffic flow,” said Rodrigo E. Franco, MPTC President and CEO. The MPTC Urban Ring Road solves city traffic by providing high-speed, high-standard seamless network of expressways within and around Metro Manila. It will decongest local roads and strengthen the road network configuration by separating local in-city trips from inter-city to inter-regional travel. The key strategy is to “by-pass the heart of every city,” Franco explained, citing the interesting analogy of the “circulatory system” -- composed of the heart, arterial roads that by-pass the heart, the seamless flow that brings vitality to city life – and the overall improvement of circulation around the metropolis. Composed of MPTC’s C-5 Expressway, C-5 South Link, and the NLEX – CAVITEX Port Link Expressway, the Ring Road toll roads lead motorists to avoid the congested traffic of CP Garcia Avenue/Katipunan Avenue to South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) via existing C-5 Road, EDSA North and Quezon Avenue. These traverse Manila and Quezon City, and by-pass heavy traffic on EDSA South, Baclaran and Taft Avenue that cover the cities of Makati, Paranaque, Pasay, and the southside of Manila. After the NLEX extensions Segment 8.1 and 8.2 past Mindanao Avenue, the motoring public will soon be able to use the C-5 Expressway, a 19.4km 62.7-billion project that will connect Quezon City to Taguig. The usual two-hour travel time from NLEX to SLEX via the existing C-5 Road will be reduced to only 15 minutes. Linking up with the C-5 Expressway is the CAVITEX C-5 South Link, a seven-kilometer tollway. It will serve as an alternative route from C-5 Road going to Roxas Boulevard and the CAVITEX Zapote Interchange, other than the NAIA Expressway, East and West Service Roads, and Sucat Road.