During their latest site inspection of the NLEX Harbor Link project, the NLEX Corporation and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said that they expect Harbor Link's Segment 10, the final phase being constructed, to be completed by the end of 2018—two years beyond the original target date.
Delays in right-of-way acquisition have pushed back the completion of the project, but the DPWH has now delivered 95% of total right-of-way requirements, with only 4% and 14% of acquisitions pending in Valenzuela City and Caloocan City, respectively. "We are committed to deliver the remaining right-of-way so we can finish this important infrastructure that will decongest traffic in Manila as soon as possible," said DPWH Secretary Mark Villar.
The NLEX Harbor Link elevated expressway comprises Segment 9, a 2.42km sector from the SMART Connect Interchange to MacArthur Highway in Valenzuela City; Segment 10, a 5.45km stretch from MacArthur Highway to C3 Road in Caloocan City; and the R10 extension, a 2.5km section that terminates in Navotas City. The total cost for all three segments is roughly P20 billion.
The Segment 9 tollway was opened to traffic in March 2015. Once completed, the NLEX Harbor Link is expected to reduce the current travel time from Navotas City to Valenzuela City by half, to just 11 minutes. With the capacity to accommodate some 30,000 cargo trucks on a daily basis, it should likewise lessen traffic congestion on city roads by offering an alternative route to and from NLEX.
The NLEX Corporation also announced earlier this month that its target start date for the construction of the NLEX-SLEX Connector Road has been moved from May 2019 to January 2019, crediting the DPWH’s "faster and efficient right-of-way acquisition and delivery" for the earlier schedule.
Spanning 8km, the four-lane Connector Road is an elevated expressway from Segment 10 of the NLEX Harbor Link in Caloocan City to PUP in Santa Mesa, Manila. Its first section will connect C3 Road to España Boulevard. The project, with an estimated cost of P23 billion, is slated for completion by December 2020 instead of the original May 2021 target.
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