Last September, NLEX Corporation, together with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced that work on the first 5-km section of the NLEX Connector was scheduled to be completed early next year.
Currently, work on the elevated expressway is already at 60%. With the goal of finishing work on the first 5-km in Q1 2022, both NLEX Corp. and the DPWH are looking to finish the first segment as soon as possible.
Despite work not yet done on the first section, construction of the second section of the NLEX Connector has started after NLEX Corporation and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) led a groundbreaking ceremony for the remaining 3km section of the elevated expressway. In addition, NLEX Corp. signed an agreement with China Road and Bridges Corporation (CRBC) for the civil works contract of the said project.
Present during the event included DPWH Secretary Roger Mercado, Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation president and CEO Rodrigo Franco, and NLEX Corp. president and general manager J. Luigi. L. Bautista.
According to Mercado, they're looking to complete the Sta. Mesa segment by end of 2022. Once the entire project is complete, the NLEX Connector will provide 24/7 unhampered delivery of goods by truckers that need to travel between NLEX and SLEX, seamlessly.
“We are committed to provide the necessary right-of-way for this project as we target to complete this segment by end of 2022. Upon completion, the NLEX Connector will enable Manila Ports to have a seamless north-south connection and provide further convenience to motorists with the decongestion of major thoroughfares like EDSA and C5,” said Mercado.
Once fully opened, NLEX Corp. says that the connector is expected to benefit 35,000 motorists. It will span a total of 8-km and will extend southward from the NLEX Harbor Link Caloocan Interchange, 5th Avenue/C3 Road passing through Espana Boulevard, R. Magsaysay Boulevard, and eventually connect to the Skyway Stage 3 within the vicinity of Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP).