MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is working double-time to complete the construction of the North Luzon Expressway-South Luzon Expressway (NLEx-SLEx) connector project, one of the major projects under the administration’s ‘Build, Build, Build” program.
The agency targets to finish the project by the end of the second quarter of 2021.
Earlier on Tuesday (November 5), DPWH Secretary Mark Villar inspected the construction of the project’s section in Grace Park, Caloocan.
Likewise, the DPWH awarded the contract on the construction of the said section of the NLEx Connector project to DMCI Holdings.
The project is an elevated expressway that traverses from New Caloocan Interchange in C3 Road in Caloocan City to España Avenue in Manila.
Based on the plan, this section of the Connector will have a direct link to the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 project near the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in Sta. Mesa, Manila.
The agency said the project will serve over 35,000 vehicles daily.
Also, travel time from NLEx to SLEx is expected to be cut short from two hours to at least 20 minutes once completed.
“Malaking bagay po ito sa decongestion ng Metro Manila kasi lahat po ng trucks galing sa port hindi na kailangan dumaan sa major thoroughfares ng Metro Manila (kundi) dito na aakyat sa may R-10 at pwede na silang dumerecho sa NLEx or SLEx,” Villar said.
(This will hugely help in decongesting Metro Manila traffic because all trucks coming from the port will no longer ply on major thoroughfares but from here in R-10 they can go straight to NLEx or SLEx.)
“We expect that within November (construction here in the Connector project will be full force),” he added.
Currently, the DPWH has already settled about 50% of the right of way issues in connection with the NLEx-SLEx Connector project.
The construction will use heavy equipment that might obstruct the Philippine National Railway track along C-3 Road but the PNR management assured that it will not affect the operations of the PNR train service.
“Ang problema namin is project staging ibig sabihin ng staging maraming mga crane maraming heavy equipment na gagalaw-galaw diyan, may train na tumatakbo pa (Our concern now is project staging. During staging there will me more cranes and heavy equipment operating while the train is also running),” said Jun Magno, PNR’s General Manager.
“Paplanuhin lang namin kung paano namin papatakbuhin mga trains, paano namin papatakbuhin mga heavy equipment (We will plan on how to run our trains and the heavy equipment),” he added. – MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)
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