With just a few days left before it's opened to the public, the Department of Public Works and Highway is putting the finishing touches on the soon-to-be-opened C3-R10 Section of the NLEX Harbor Link.
Yesterday, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar personally inspected the elevated expressway before its scheduled opening on June 15, 2020. From using drones to survey the new segment from up above, to actually driving along the new portion of the new C3-R10 segment, the DPWH wanted to make sure that the road is ready starting next week.
Once the new section of the road is officially open to the public, Villar claims that motorists and truckers will be able to go to and from the port of Manila and North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) at a shorter amount of time.
That's because the C3-R10 section will serve as an extension to the existing 5.65-kilometer NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 which passes through Karuhatan, Valenzuela City, Governor Pascual Avenue in Malabon City, and 5th Avenue/C3 Road, Caloocan City. This allows cargo trucks and private vehicles to bypass EDSA and the Balintawak Toll Plaza.
“As promised, by June 15, NLEX Harbor Link will be completed. Travel time from Manila to Quezon City will be reduced to only 15 to 20 minutes,” said Villar. The Secretary also commended the 2,000 construction workers that resumed work last May 2020, allowing for the project to be completed on time.
The DPWH originally planned to fully open the new C3-R10 section of NLEX Harbor Link last March. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic and community quarantines being put into place, the DPWH had to defer construction work, and delay its opening.