Here’s a good news for the riding public.
The Department of Public Works and Highways just gave the riding public its small Christmas gift this October, it announced recently that it has completed the delivery of right of way (ROW) for the first section of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link Segment 10, which will pave way for a lighter traffic in Metro Manila by December as its target date.
|North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link segment 10 (photo credit to autodeal.com)|
Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said after inspecting the n ewly constructed portion of the project together with NLEX officials “We are happy that our team was able to deliver 100 percent right-of-way for the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10. We hope we can finish this just in time for the Christmas rush to help ease the public’s traffic woes.”
The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX ) Harbor Link Segment 10 is composed of the 5.65-kilometer elevated expressway traversing the NLEX from MacArthur Highway Karuhatan in Valenzuela City, passing through Malabon City and C3 Road in Caloocan City, and the 2.6-km section between C3 Road and R10 in Navotas City.
The first section of it, the right of way (ROW) has been 100% completely delivered, is already at 83% completion, as for the second section is at 5% completion.
“Our target delivery date is by Christmas. So this will be passable by Christmas time. We will deliver our commitments to the Filipino people. We will deliver our commitments to decongest our major cities,” Villar said.
The NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 was primarily created to boost the country’s transport and logistics industry as heavy cargo trucks will have 24/7 direct access from the port area to the north of Luzon and vice versa via NLEX.
“30,000 a day is the minimum volume of vehicles that will pass through Harbor Link. All of these are trucks, Type 3 vehicles and not the small ones. So a lot of the traffic in Metro Manila will really be gone when this opens,” Villar added.
An elevated expressway will be constructed and it is expected to decongest Metro Manila by providing an alternative entry to NLEX, bypassing EDSA and other busy streets of Manila.
By December opening it is expected that the travel time from Manila ports to NLEX will approximately 10 minutes, instead of the current one hour average, according to the DPWH Secretary.
Metro Pacific Tollways and NLEX Corp. president Rodrigo Franco, cites the advantages of the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 which aside from the travel time convenience, it is expected to spur investments in areas it will pass through.