NLEx Harbor Link expressway breaks ground; new road seen to ease Metro traffic

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MANILA, Philippines—Motorists may have a reason to celebrate.

If all goes well, in three year’s time, new routes that link McArthur Highway in Valenzuela City and C-3 Road in Caloocan and Navotas with the Northern Luzon Expressway will be at their disposal, a project that, when completed, will help ease traffic on major thoroughfares such as Edsa, according to Manila North Tollways Corp. officials.

In groundbreaking ceremonies held Thursday on the Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEx), MNTC authorities announced the start of construction of the Harbor Link, which they hope will make NLEx more accessible to motorists.

One of the link’s components, Segment 9, is set to be built by the end of February, Kiko Dagohoy, MNTC media specialist, said.

The 2.1-kilometer road will connect the NLEx Cloverleaf and McArthur Highway.

Segment 10, which is a 5.65-kilometer road that will connect the McArthur Interchange with C3 Road, is set to be constructed in two years time, according to Dagohoy.

“So all in all, both segments (are expected to be completed) in three years,” he said.

According to MNTC president Rodrigo Franco, the primary aim of the construction of both segments is to expand the NLEx to help ease the traffic in other major thoroughfares.

Upon the completion of Segment 9, traffic is expected to be reduced at the NLEx Valenzuela Interchange, and the stretch between Edsa-Balintawak and Edsa-Cubao in Quezon City, he said.

Dagohoy added that motorists going to the Port Area can opt to use Segment 10 as soon as it is completed, instead of passing through Manila.

“So the traffic (there) can be reduced,” he said.

He said the total cost of the entire project was P10 billion.

He added that this would be jointly shouldered by the MNTC (70 percent) and the government (30 percent).

Completion of the multibillion-peso road project is expected to drive economic growth in Caloocan, Malabon, Valenzuela, and Quezon City.

“This road will lead to more efficient cargo distribution and meet the need for faster and more convenient travel,” said Ramoncito Fernandez, president of MNTC’s parent firm, Metro Pacific Tollways Corp.

MNTC president Rodrigo Franco for his part said the Harbor Link road would attract 30,000 new vehicles to the NLEx, as well as create 10,000 jobs while to roads are being built.

“We hope to be able to contribute to the robust economic growth of the country under the Aquino administration,” Franco said.

He said the Harbor Link road would allow truckers and logistics firms to travel out of the port area to Northern and Central Luzon at any time of day without violating Metro Manila’s 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. truck ban.

“Today, trucks have to exit through Balintawak and take public roads to get to the port area. Once this is complete, they can go straight to the port area. This will lead to the more timely delivery of goods, as well as lower accident incidence,” Franco said.

The Harbor Link road would also form part of the NLEx-SLEx (Southern Luzon Expressway) Connector Road that MPTC has proposed to build. MPTC’s proposal will undergo a Swiss challenge, where other interested parties will be given the chance to submit better offers, before the end of the first semester.

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  • sanjuan683

    ok yan gawa lang gawa ng maraming kalsada para maraming trabaho.

  • Guest

    Sana may direct link na rin ang LRT at MRT from SM North EDSA to Roosevelt Muñoz. Para isang loop na talaga ang MRT at LRT. Para wala ng inconvenience sa commuters.

  • les21reago

    Segment 9 = 2.1 kilometer road and segment 10 = 5.65 kilometer road or a TOTAL of 7.75 kilometer road at a COST of 10 billion pesos, 3 billion from the government 7 billion from MNTC and to creating 10,000 jobs…
    10 billion over 7.75 Kilometer road = 1.29 billion pesos per kilometer road…HOW exorbitant…so so expensive and this is what monkey business is all about too?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AR3F3RNQX4U3PKBI526NJI6BYM Jose

      Take the Swiss Challenge. Did it say how many lanes, how many bridges or elevated portion, how many private lots to be acquired, etc?  Improvement of Coastal Road/Macapagal highway without acquisition of lots costs the GMA Administration about the same, ha ha ha.

    • vaporub123

      thats what we call 60-40. 60% kickbacks+share of “commissioners”+overheads for personal use. the remaining 40% for the substandard materials+profit of the contractors and suppliers.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B5HXITWGDUTJF2JPFTXRIOY7NQ Danyale

      Take into considerations the cost of the Right-of-Way: what about those private, individual properties (land, buildings, houses); establishments that will be displaced; informal settlers to be relocated and the land to where they would build their new houses, these things should put into account. Does the contractor can destroy these properties to build the roads without compensating their rightful owners???

      • les21reago

         Dear fellow taxpayer (should U R paying direct taxes ),
        You are altogether summarizing costing of the subject…And i assumed you are an intelligent voracious reader too…
        For you INFO, the US government is now UNDERTAKING a millinium circumferential road in SAMAR considered 3rd largest ISLAND of the country…IT IS COSTING A LITTLE OVER 400 million USD…
        Imagine a circumferential road of Samar as to how many kilometers that would be…it is paying the same right of way and affected improvements thereon as what you say.
        Here comes a 7.75 kilometer road that is COSTING 240 million USD…Don’t you SMELL fishy in here consult a doctor?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B5HXITWGDUTJF2JPFTXRIOY7NQ Danyale

        Noted…the government must review and review and review the total cost if its soo exhorbitant. Comparing property prices between Manila and Samar, manila properties is way up than that of samar, likewise, if you demolish a thousand houses/buildings in metro manila, perhaps in samar it will be lesser houses will be affected, empty lots and rice fields will be much of it, again, property prices in the provinces are way below than that of mega-manila, and that is the difference in costing.

  • welee1

    Finally! Keep moving please.

  • NEILMCNALLY

    For we country-bumpkins,a map showing the proposed new connections would have been really helpful in getting the information across..

  • Platypus09

    This one sounds promising and a good idea.

    Whatever it takes to decongest.

    But there are other things that need to be done. MM population is multiplying fast that catching up should be done fast as well to even out traffic issues.

  • themask celestial

    thumbs up!

  • manny_ksa

    At Pesos 1.29B per kilometer, this is Pesos1.29 million per meter. Too much.
    And why three long  years —  about 200 meters per month — this is turtle pace. :)

  • neilabarca

    Kahit na long overdue na itong linkage road network,  naghihintay ang population.  ANg nao-obserbahan lang ng marami, almost 100 x PRESS RELEASES na ito,   ni isang buhos ng isang sakong semento,  isang paghuhukay man lang,  wala pang masisimulan  o  nagagawa.  Hanggang PRESS RELEASES lang,  kaduda-duda tuloy… 

    Kung linking NLEX – SLEX lang ang pag-uusapan,    RAILWAY cargo  network pa rin ang pinaka the best.  Pansamantalang solution lang ito at carbon pollution lang ang maidudulot sa mamamayan.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NRLFHB4ZOMCNGDUJ2ZINRV7DAQ Juan

    blah blah blah blah.

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