The Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) recently announced that they will begin constructing the 8-km connector road linking the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) ahead of schedule. Specifically, the MPTC says construction is expected to begin by January 2019 instead of the company's agreement with a May 2019 start.

“We are still looking at a construction start ahead of contract schedule. The company initially wanted to start the construction of the link road sometime last month due to the pressure from the public works department’s creation of a right-of-way task force. However, it has yet to award a contractor for the project,” said Rodrigo E. Franco, president of MPTC.

Franco states that that his company plans to push construction ahead of schedule as the connector road is seen as a crucial infrastructure that will help solve the traffic problem in Metro Manila. He also adds that the NLEX connector project is not delayed. Rather, they have just decided to move the release date earlier. Ground breaking on the NLEX connector road is expected to take place in September.

Currently, MPTC is still looking for a contractor to build the upcoming NLEX Connector Road. It is envisioned to be an 8-km long, four-lane elevated toll-road that will connect both NLEX and SLEX. It will extend the southward portion of NLEX from the end of Segment 10 in C-3 Road Caloocan City to PUP Santa Mesa, Manila, connecting to the Skyway Stage 3.

Once complete, around 35,000 motorists are expected to use it per day. The road is expected to be complete by December 2020 ahead of its May 2021 schedule given the current timeline.