By Emmie V. Abadilla
The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link Segment 10, the elevated expressway traversing the cities of Valenzuela, Malabon, and Caloocan, will be open to the motoring public this month, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar yesterday announced.
“We are now ready to inaugurate this traffic decongestion project to ease the traffic woes of the public. Once opened, travel time between C3 and NLEX will take approximately 10 minutes and around 30,000 vehicles are expected to use this road,” he remarked.
Featured as one of the big-ticket projects in the current administration’s infrastructure program, the 5.65-km NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 will improve accessibility and connectivity between key areas of Metro Manila and the northern provinces of Luzon via the NLEX.
The NLEX Harbor Link serves as an alternative southbound route to Metro Manila bypassing Balintawak Cloverleaf and EDSA. It will also facilitate efficient delivery of goods as cargo trucks will have 24/7 direct access from the port area to the provinces in northern Luzon and vice versa via the NLEX.
“With this alternative route, travelers from Manila to Central and North Luzon may have shorter travel time as they can head straight to the NLEX bypassing EDSA and the Balintawak Toll Plaza,” Villar pointed out, adding that “the next phase of this project is the 2.6-km section from C3 Road, Caloocan City to R10, Navotas City.”
NLEX Corporation ’s partnership with the government helped accelerate the construction of the project. “The team did in two to three months what could have been accomplished in five to six months,” according to NLEX Corp. President and General Manager Luigi Bautista.
“The NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 will bring more opportunities in nearby communities and provinces,” he added.
Along with the full opening of the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10, the company will partially open the new Caloocan Interchange — the fourth gateway of NLEX to Metro Manila, after Balintawak, Mindanao Avenue, and Karuhatan.
The new Caloocan Interchange serves as the point where the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10, the C3-R-10 section, and the NLEX Connector will converge. This junction is located along the PNR tracks in 5th Avenue/C3 Road in Caloocan City.