The Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) has begun negotiations with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) regarding the revision of the terms of reference (TOR) concerning the design and construction of the proposed NLEX-SLEX Connector Road.

Once finalized, the project may then be opened to a Swiss Challenge by July.  This is a form of bidding involving the government which, after receiving an unsolicited bid, will publish it and invite third parties to either match or exceed the bid.

“Hopefully, terms will be approved before June and Swiss Challenge can commence by July,” said Rodrigo Franco, president of the MNTC.

The entire NLEX-SLEX Connector Road is 13 kilometers long.  The 8-kilometer stretch is what is under negotiation.  It was initially projected to cost Php 18 billion and was to be a joint venture between the MNTC and state-owned Philippine National Construction Corporation (PNCC) before the Department of Justice (DOJ) overruled the matter.  It is now projected at Php 14 billion.

The remaining 5 kilometers of the proposed connector road will be shouldered by Citra Metro Manila Tollways Corporation as it connects to the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 project.