Back in 2016, the Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corporation (MPTDC) was awarded the North Luzon Expressway – South Luzon Expressway (NLEX-SLEX) Connector Road Project. Two years since, and construction of the eight kilometer, elevated expressway is expected to being in June later this year. The announcement was made earlier in April by NLEX president and CEO Rodrigo Franco.
"By June or July, we should be mobilizing by that date," said Franco.
In review, the Php 23.2 billion expressway will link NLEX and SLEX once construction is completed by 2021. The elevated expressway starts at the end of Segment 10 of the NLEX at Cirucumferential Road 3 (C-3) in Caloocan City. It will then connect to the Polytechnic University of the Philippines campus in Sta. Mesa with the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 being a common point.
Upon completion, the NLEX-SLEX Connector Road is expected to reduce travel time from the two expressways from 1.5 to 2 hours to only 15-20 minutes. Furthermore, the goverment also expects it to help decongest traffic along EDSA and C-5.
Together with the construction beginning on the connector road, the Harbor Link Segment 10 expressway is also expected to be open this year. The 5.7km elevated expressway will connect the Port of Manila and NLEX, reducing travel time to only 10 mins. This would help ease traffic in the port area and provide direct expressway access to trucks and other commercial vehicles.