The Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) breaks ground for the PhP10.5-B NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 project at the Philippine National Railway Data Center in Caloocan City. The ceremony is a result of the go-ahead given last January for the Metro Expressway Link to connect the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) to the Manila container port and eventually to the Southern Luzon Expressway (SLEX). Present at the ceremony were Department of Transportation and Communication Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson.
The newly launched 5.65-kilometer segment will connect Segment 9 which spans from the SMART Connect interchange to MacArthur Highway in Valenzuela City to C-3 road in Caloocan City. The tollway operator expects to begin construction of Segment 10 in April with completion expected in 2016.
An earlier report says Segment 10 would be extended to about 5.8-kilometers and renamed to Segment 10.1 with an 8-kilometer Segment 10.2 connector road which the toll operator hopes to commence by third quarter of 2014. The proposal has yet to be approved by the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) and other related government agencies.
MNTC expects their project to be a huge boost to the multibillion-Peso cargo transport industry in the Philippines with a capacity to accomodate and manage a substantial traffic of 30,000 cargo-handling trucks daily. The NLEX Harbor Link will be "a great boost to Philippines commerce," says Rodrigo E. Franco, MNTC President and CEO.
Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) president and CEO Jose Ma. Lim cited that the Segment 10 will ease the daily traffic situation faced by cargo trucks. The project will traverse the cities of Valenzuela, Malabon and Caloocan. Construction will start at the MacArthur Highway in Valenzuela City and will end at C3 Road, Caloocan City.
"Segment 10 is the second and last segment of the NLEX Harbor Link. The other component, the 2.4-km Segment 9, is nearing completion and is expected to be operational this July," Franco said.
"Segment 10 is going to be an engineering marvel. Simultaneously, you will have the rare sight of an expressway running alongside a commuter train. The expressway will be elevated, and so the tollway will hover above the commuter railroad," Franco added.
"Metro Pacific is steadfast in supporting President Aquino's infrastructure program, our modest target is to double the length of our country’s 300-plus kilometer toll roads in five to eight years," said Ramoncito S. Fernandez President and CEO of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation.