NLEX Corporation is building a P2 billion, two-kilometer expressway section between the existing Mindanao Avenue toll plaza and Quirino Highway, Novaliches, Quezon City, within the second half of this year.
“The construction of this section will be welcome news for NLEX commuters who face daily traffic gridlock in the congested portions of Mindanao Avenue,” NLEX Corporation President and GM J. Luigi L. Bautista announced Sunday, (June 27).
“Eventually, this section will be integrated into the future NLEX expansion to C5 /C.P. Garcia near Katipunan Avenue,” he noted.
“We foresee an interconnected tollway network that will be accessible to the west, east, north, and south sides of Metro Manila.”
The project will also be welcome news for the transport logistics sector comprised of container cargo trucks, haulers and other commercial vehicles as it provides an alternate route to the ports of Manila via NLEX Harbor Link all the way to the new Navotas Interchange along Mel Lopez Blvd, R-10.
The new 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, Quezon City.
The entire NLEX C5 Link project is expected to benefit 45,000 motorists daily and cut travel time between Mindanao Avenue to Commonwealth Avenue to 10 minutes instead of the usual 45 minutes.
Aside from this project, the tollway firm is fast-tracking the first 5-km. section of the NLEX Connector to España Blvd. in Sampaloc, Manila along the PNR railroad tracks.
The NLEX Connector is expected to reduce travel time from NLEX to South Luzon Expressway from two hours to just 20 minutes and is seen to support business activities in fast-growing regions such as Central Luzon and Calabarzon.
Published June 28, 2021, 2:32 PM, Manila Bulletin
by Emmie V. Abadilla