Motorists and truckers that frequently go to and from the Port of Manila from up north will soon be able to get to their destinations faster.

Yesterday, the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) led the groundbreaking ceremony of the construction of the 2.6 – kilometer R-10 section of the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10. When completed, vehicles will have direct access to both the port area and the northern provinces via NLEX.

Key persons present during the groundbreaking ceremony included DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, Navotas City Mayor John Reynald Tiangco, Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan, Malabon City Mayor Antolin Oreta III and NLEX Corporation president Rodrigo Franco.

Construction of NLEX Harbor Link R-10 officially begins

“This project will complete the C5 section that will connect Mindanao Avenue to Navotas. It is expected to improve transport logistics and drive business investments in the CAMANAVA, and Central and Northern Luzon provinces,” said Villar.

In review, the R-10 is the continuation of the 5.7 – kilometer Segment 10 eleveated expressway that passes through MacArthur Highway in Valenzuela City, Governor Pascual Avenue in Malabon City and C3 Road / 5th Avenue in Caloocan City. It's a part of the massive NLEX Harbor Link which aims to reduce traffic in Metro Manila by offering an alternative route between Port of Manila and NLEX.

Construction of NLEX Harbor Link R-10 officially begins

“Beyond providing world-class infrastructure, the company is also hoping to deliver further convenience to motorists and contribute to the growth of its host communities,” said Franco.

It is set to be completed by December 2018 and will approximately allow motorists to travel between the Port of Manila and NLEX in only 10 minutes. Cargo trucks will also have 24/7 access from the ports to their respective destinations as the expressway is not covered by the truck ban.