DPWH eyes completion of NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 this year

MANILA Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said on Tuesday that they are looking to finish the construction of NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 this year.

With this, he noted that the 8.25-kilometer segment which covers the 6-lane road from McArthur Highway to Valenzuela City to Circumferential Road 3 (C-3), Caloocan City and the 4-lane elevated road from C-3 Road, Caloocan City to R-10, Navotas City is being fast tracked.

We are doing our best for the timely completion of Segment 10 that will significantly improve the movement of cargo from the Port of Manila by providing a direct connection between R10 and NLEX and decongest Metro Manila roads by providing direct access to NLEX without passing through EDSA or the Balintawak Toll Plaza, Villar said.

The additional 8.18-kilometer segment will reduce travel time between NLEX Valenzuela and R10 from 23 to just 11 minutes via Balintawak-EDSA Monumento, and from 26 to just 13 minutes via Balintawak-A. Bonifacio/C-3.

The NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 is envisioned to alleviate traffic congestion.Once opened, travel time from the Manila Port to the NLEX will take only 10 minutes.

Villar together with Department of Transportation Secretary Art Tugade and Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President and CEO Vivencio Dizon conducted an inspection on the project on May 29.

On the other hand, the DPWH chief added that another 8.35-kilometer portion under Segment 8.2 will be constructed to complete the entire NLEX Harbor Link Project. It involves the construction of a four (4) lane road from Segment 8.1 at Mindanao Avenue to Republic Avenue turning right to Luzon Avenue up to Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City.

The construction is set to start in 2019 or earlier as road right-of-way acquisition is being fast tracked, requiring an allocation of PHP7.45 billion.

The NLEX Harbor Link Project which is a 21.65-km toll road extension of NLEX from Mindanao Avenue, Quezon City to the C-3 in Caloocan City and to Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City.

It is being implemented by concessionaire Manila North Tollways Corp. (MNTC) under the supervision of Toll Regulatory Board, with road right-of-way acquisition under the DPWH. (PR)

Source: Philippine News Agency