The NLEX Harbor Link section in Navotas City was opened Monday and is expected to reduce travel time from Manila’s Port Area to Quezon City to just 20 minutes.
The latest NLEX Harbor Link elevated section between the new Caloocan Interchange, C3 Road/5th Avenue, and the new Navotas Interchange was opened to NLEX motorists and Manila port freight carriers on June 15, 2020, after construction was delayed due to the community quarantine to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), and NLEX Corporation led the opening of the new 2.6 km elevated section that will expand the NLEX network to the CAMANAVA area and eventually to Mel Lopez Boulevard (formerly R10) in Manila.
The new NLEX Harbor Link section features the following:
- the new Caloocan interchange (with on and off-ramps along Grace Park)
- the new Malabon Exit (with off-ramp on Dagat-Dagatan Avenue)
- the new Navotas Interchange (with on and off-ramps on North Bay Boulevard South)
NLEX said the section lengthens the existing Harbor Link (the 2.42-kilometer Segment 9 between the NLEX Interchange to Bgy. Karuhatan, Valenzuela City and the 5.65-kilometer Segment 10 between Bgy. Karuhatan to the new Caloocan Interchange in Grace Park C3/5th Avenue).
“The expanded NLEX Harbor Link will certainly boost the government’s traffic decongestion efforts in Metro Manila and other major thoroughfares. This will be an alternative route between Quezon City and Manila. From the Mindanao Toll Plaza, motorists may now reach the Port Area in Manila in about 15 to 20 minutes,” said DPWH Secretary Mark Villar.
The elevated expressway, which is envisioned to improve the road sector’s network and eventually upgrade Luzon’s supply chain, is seen to benefit around 30,000 vehicles per day.
The faster travel time is seen to result in increased economic activities in Metro Manila and North and Central Luzon regions according to NLEX Corporation President and GM J. Luigi L. Bautista.
The section was completed while Luzon underwent a community quarantine, shared Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) President and CEO Rodrigo E. Franco.
Motorists using the entire Harbor Link are also assured of the same safety features and high-quality pavement that they have been used to along the NLEX.
The completion of the NLEX Harbor Link, one of the major road projects targeted to be finished in 2020, is expected to eventually cut travel time from the Port Area in Manila to NLEX to just 10 minutes.
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