The Manila North Tollways Corporation, the concessionaire of the North Luzon Expressway, recently held ground-breaking rites for the construction of the P10.5-billion NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10. The ceremony was capped with the lowering of a time capsule at the grounds of the Philippine National Railway Data Center in Caloocan City, which is directly under the segment's alignment.
"Segment 10 is the second and last segment of the NLEX Harbor Link," said MNTC president and chief executive Rodrigo Franco. "Segment 10 is going to be an engineering marvel. Simultaneously, you will have the rare sight of an expressway running alongside a commuter train. The expressway will be elevated, and so the tollway will hover above the commuter railroad."
The 5.65km elevated roadway will start at the MacArthur Highway in Valenzuela City and will end on C3 Road in Caloocan City. Construction work is scheduled to start in April, with the project's completion expected in 2016. Once it's operational, the Harbor Link can reportedly accommodate and manage as many as 30,000 cargo trucks daily, which Franco said is "a great boost to Philippine commerce."
The NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 is also a vital section of the NLEX-SLEX connector road that aims to cut down travel time between Balintawak and Santa Mesa to 30 minutes instead of the current two hours.