NLEX-C5 Link construction to start Q2 of 2024
The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Corporation has announced three major projects for 2024, one of which is the construction of the NLEX-C5 Link expressway. The first 2 kilometers of the new toll road project, which will traverse Mindanao Avenue up to Quirino Highway, will begin in Q2 of this year.
“The construction of this new expressway section will be welcome news for NLEX commuters who currently face daily traffic gridlock in the congested portions of Mindanao Avenue. Eventually, this section will be integrated into the future NLEX expansion to C5/C.P. Garcia near Katipunan Avenue. We foresee an interconnected tollway network that will be accessible to the west, east, north, and south sides of Metro Manila,” said NLEX Corporation president and GM J. Luigi L. Bautista.
The new toll road will have interchanges in Regalado Avenue and near the University of the Philippines/Ateneo de Manila University.
Meanwhile, the Candaba Viaduct project is scheduled to be finished by November 2024. Now at 40% complete, this 5-kilometer viaduct is being built in the middle of the two existing bridges that connect the towns of Pulilan, Bulacan, and Apalit, Pampanga. Once completed, the Candaba Viaduct will be widened to three lanes with inner and outer shoulders in each direction, therefore enhancing motorists’ safety and mobility.
The 3rd major project would be the much-needed expansion of NLEX San Fernando to SCTEX Spur in Mabalacat, Pampanga, which is targeted to start also in Q2 of this year. Once finished, the expressway road capacity of the stretch from San Fernando to SCTEX Spur in Pampanga will be expanded from the existing 2x2 lanes to 3x3 lanes in each direction giving motorists a faster, more seamless travel.
The project also includes the installation of roadway lighting from NLEX San Fernando to Sta. Ines, Mabalacat in Pampanga for added safety and the expansion of the Angeles Interchange to accommodate the increase in volume of vehicles in the area.