Motorists and truckers that need to get to the Manila Port Area as quickly as possible can now do so after the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and NLEX Corporation officially opened the C3-R10 segment of the NLEX Harbor Link.
The new 2.6-kilometer elevated section extends the existing 5.65-kilometer Segment 10 of NLEX Harbor Link and connects with the new Caloocan Interchange, C3 Road/5th Avenue, and the new Navotas Interchange.
The Caloocan Interchange has on- and off-ramps along Grace Park while the new Malabon exit gets an off-ramp on Dagat-Dagatan Avenue. Lastly, the new Navotas Interchange comes with on-ramps and off-ramps on the North Bay Boulevard South.
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said that with the opening of the C3-R10 section of NLEX Harbor Link, it will decongest traffic in Metro Manila as cargo trucks and other motorists can now directly go to Port Area instead of having to go through Quezon Avenue, EDSA or A. Bonifacio in Manila. And since there is no truck ban along NLEX, cargo trucks will enjoy 24/7 access towards the port area which also translates to a faster turnover of deliveries of essential goods to Metro Manila.
“The expanded NLEX Harbor Link will certainly boost the government’s traffic decongestion efforts in Metro Manila and other major thoroughfares. This will be an alternative route between Quezon City and Manila. From the Mindanao Toll Plaza, motorists may now reach the Port Area in Manila in about 15 to 20 minutes,” said Villar.
Luigi L. Bautista, president, and general manager of NLEX Corporation said that NLEX Harbor Link will alleviate Metro Manila traffic as it will benefit around 30,000 vehicles per day, and speed up transport of goods in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and Northern Luzon.
Before the year ends, the DPWH and NLEX Corporation is looking to complete a new exit ramp which will directly lead to the Navotas Fish Port Complex. Eventually, the NLEX Harbor Link will reach as far as Mel Lopez Boulevard (formerly R10) in Manila.
Toll fees are currently waived at the new C3-R10 section of the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10.