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The Toll Regulatory Board has reportedly asked the operators of both the North and South Luzon Expressways to work together to link both highways.

According to ABS-CBNNews.com, the TRB has asked the Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) and the Citra Metro Manila Tollways Corporation (CMMTC)--the developers of the North Luzon Expressway and the South Luzon Expressway, respectively--to work together to create a roadway that will connect both expressways. The report added that both operators have agreed to comply with the TRB's request.

In June 2010, the MNTC presented to the government a plan to link both expressways via a 13.24km elevated expressway. To minimize right-of-way acquisition costs, the plan has 10.54km of the expressway being built over the Philippine National Railways tracks, with three exits located on Quirino, España and 5th Avenue.

As for the CMMTC, it revealed last February a plan to create a 14km elevated highway that would link the Skyway from Buendia in Makati City to Balintawak in Quezon City, with exits located along Quirino, Plaza Dilao, Aurora Boulevard, E. Rodriguez Avenue, Quezon Boulevard, Sgt. Rivera, and Balintawak.

Although the proposals are distinctly different from one another, one common area that was agreed upon by both operators is to start the south-end portion of the link from Buendia in Makati City all the way to Plaza Dilao in Manila.

Last May, both proposals were presented to President Benigno Aquino III.

So, do you think we'll see the NLEX connected to the SLEX in our lifetime?

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