The Metro North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) officially launches the NLEX Metro Expressway Link today. The new Metro Expressway Link is a 16.2-kilometer expansion of the tollway which connects the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) to Sta. Mesa, Manila, linking the highway with an equivalent 'connector' from the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).

"The NLEX Metro Expressway Link will dramatically change the skyline of Metro Manila. More important, it will significantly reduce travel time between NLEX and SLEX, decongest Metro Manila's arterial roads, eradicate truck ban concerns, thus, allows the unhampered transport of goods from Luzon's Northern and Southern provinces to the metropolis 24/7," said Mr. Ramoncito Fernandez, president and CEO, Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation.

FROM LEFT: Raul L. Ignacio (SVP, Construction and Engineering, Manila North Tollways Corporation); Romulo S. Quimbo (SVP, Legal, Manila North Tollways Corporation); Rodrigo Franco (President and CEO, Manila North Tollways Corporation); Ramoncito Fernandez (President and CEO, Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation); Jose Ma. K. Lim (President and CEO, Metro Pacific Investment Corporation); Atty. Elpidio Jamora Jr. (Chairman, Philippine National Construction Corporation); Luis F. Sison (President and CEO, PNCC); Cristino Panlilio, Head, Negotiation Committee, PNCC); Nora Vinluan (Director and Member of Negotiation Committee, PNCC), and Atty. Rosendo Capco (Director and Member, Negotiation Committee, PNCC).

The new extension will be composed of elevated 4-lane divided (2x2) carriageways. The three-part Metro Expressway Link will cost a total of PhP30.09-B. MNTC was given the official go-ahead today after Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corporation (MPTDC) and the government-owned Philippine National Construction Corporation (PNCC) inked a joint venture agreement for the expansion project.

Segment 9 construction

Segment 9

The first stage, a 2.4-kilometer-long stretch which spans from the Smart Connect Interchange ‘cloverleaf' in Valenzuela City until Macarthur Highway. The stretch provides an easy connection from Mindanao Avenue to Macarthur Highway providing an elevated tollway road for the CAMANAVA area. Segment 9 is scheduled to open by June of 2014.

Segment 10.1

Segment 10.1 (formerly Segment 10)

The second component, 5.8-kilometers long connects MacArthur Highway from Segment 9 to the C-3 in Caloocan City, strategically located by the Manila North Harbor. Segment 10.1 is scheduled to begin middle of 2014, after the completion of the first stage. It is expected to be completed in 2015.

Segment 10.2

Segment 10.2 (formerly Connector Road)

The third and latest part, is the longest at 8-kilometers long. It spans from C-3 in Caloocan City until Sta. Mesa, Manila, with some portions elevated above the railroad tracks of the Philippine National Railway (PNR). Segment 10.2 is expected to commence third quarter of 2014 to complete by 2016, pending government approval.

The PhP18-B investment proposal for Segment 10.2 has been submitted to the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) for approval.