Truckers, motorists and commuters heading to Malabon, Caloocan and Navotas from the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) can now get to their destinations faster and easier. This was made possible after the NLEX Corporation, along with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) officially opened the new NLEX Harbor Link Malabon Exit.
Inaugurated last February 21, the new road will serve as a new point of access from Caloocan Interchange, C3 Road to Dagat-Dagatan Avenue. DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar, along with NLEX president and general manager J. Luigi L. Bautista, held the inaugural drive-thru of the opening of the new exit of the elevated expressway.
While the entire Harbor Link C3-R10 section has yet to be fully opened, Villar claims that the opening of the Malabon Exit will provide immediate relief from daily bumper-to-bumper traffic in the CAMANAVA area, especially along C3 Road. Trucks bound for or returning from Manila ports will benefit greatly from the exit, as will traffic in the general area as they can access the piers quicker without using the smaller inroads as much.
Once the entire C3-R10 section is opened next month, however, travel time between NLEX and CAMANAVA will be further reduced.
“About 30,000 motorists per day will stand to benefit from this new road once the entire Harbor Link C3-R10 Section is fully completed, helping reduce travel time for the traffic-weary public, providing more turnaround trips for the trucking sector, and growing businesses for merchants and local communities,” said Villar.
As for Bautista, he said that the NLEX Corporation is fully committed to support the government’s aim to decongest traffic in Metro Manila through infrastructure projects that improve commuter mobility between airports, seaports, and growth corridors in both the north and the south. Bautista also explained that the decision to open the Malabon exit a month before the whole C3-R10 section was in response to the clamor of motorists for immediate relief from heavy traffic in the CAMANAVA area.
“We are cognizant of the government’s desire to find quick solutions to the traffic problem in Metro Manila. That is why aside from expediting the completion of the entire project, we have also rationalized our construction sequence and resource planning to accommodate the early opening of this Malabon Exit,” added Bautista.
Aside from reducing traffic in the area, the opening of the new Malabon Exit is also expected to boost tourism in the cities of Malabon, Caloocan, and Navotas. Bautista mentioned that improved accessibility has ignited optimism for the future of the city. Not only will it provide safe and hassle-free daily travel, it will also unlock tourism and business potentials in the CAMANAVA area.
With the opening of the entire C3-R10 section of the NLEX Harbor Link just a month away, motorists living in Malabon, Caloocan and Navotas can soon reap the benefits of the new elevated roadway.