A new stretch of road may soon connect the existing Mindanao Avenue toll plaza in NLEX Harbor Link with Quirino Highway in Novaliches, Quezon City. NLEX Corporation recently announced plans to construct a 2-kilometer expressway segment that will link the two.
According to J. Luigi L. Bautista, president, and general manager of NLEX Corporation, the construction of the PHP 2-billion expressway segment will help NLEX commuters avoid daily gridlock traffic along Mindanao Avenue.
“Eventually, this section will be integrated into the future NLEX expansion to C5 /C.P. Garcia near Katipunan Avenue. We foresee an interconnected tollway network that will be accessible to the west, east, north, and south sides of Metro Manila,” added Bautista.
The construction of the new road will benefit truckers, logistic companies, and other commercial vehicles. It will serve as an alternate route to Port of Manila via NLEX Harbor Link all the way to the New Navotas Interchange.
The new expressway project is part of the 11.5-kilometer NLEX-C5 Link between Mindanao Avenue, Quirino Highway, Regalado Avenue, Congressional Avenue, and C.P. Garcia Avenue in Quezon City. Once complete, motorists will be able to travel between NLEX and SLEX easier and faster.
NLEX Corporation estimates that the entire NLEX-C5 Link Project will benefit around 45,000 motorists daily. More importantly, it will cut travel time between Mindanao Avenue to Commonwealth Avenue to just 10 minutes instead of the usual 45 minutes.
Currently, Skyway 3 is already providing a direct means of getting to and from NLEX and SLEX, as well as connecting Makati with Quezon City. But to maximize the available routes motorists can take, having more interconnecting roads will help the public (as well as truckers) get to their destinations faster.
When will we be able to drive on the new expressway? Well, we're not yet sure. NLEX Corporation has yet to announce when construction of the planned road project will begin. Hopefully, they will be able to start on it very soon.