Manila North Tollways Corporation, the concessionaire of the North Luzon Expressway, has confirmed that it will begin construction of the 5.65km Segment 10, the second and last component of the NLEX Harbor Link, this month. The ground-breaking ceremony for the segment was done a couple of months ago.
To be constructed above the existing railroad of Philippine National Railways and scheduled to be completed in 2016, the P10.5-billion NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 "will provide a more convenient expressway route to the Port areas," thereby improving cargo movement and allowing cargo trucks to make more trips since they will be free of the truck ban within Metro Manila.
The NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 will also supposedly decongest Metro Manila since it will offer motorists an alternative route to the NLEX, apart from the interchanges on EDSA/Balintawak and Mindanao Avenue. MNTC estimates that around 30,000 vehicles will benefit from the new expressway daily.
"Segment 10 is part of our expansion program geared toward connecting the NLEX to key areas in Metro Manila with the ultimate goal of providing convenience to motorists and promoting commerce in the metropolis and nearby provinces," said MNTC president Rodrigo Franco. "We want to bring the traditional NLEX experience of safe and speedy travel to motorists who will be using Harbor Link. We therefore guarantee them the same seamless travel they enjoy at the main NLEX."
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