By Betheena Unite
The NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10, an elevated expressway from Valenzuela to C3 Road, will open this January, the Department of Public Works and Highways announced Tuesday.
The department previously set a goal to open the 8.25-kilometer elevated expressway by December 2018, however, the opening was moved to January this year.
“We are happy to announce that the NLEX Harbor Link Project will be accessible to the public by January. When this is completed, travel time from C3 in Caloocan and NLEX, will be reduced to 10 minutes,” Public Works and Highways Mark Villar said.
The almost-completed expressway is composed of the 5.65-km elevated expressway traversing the NLEX from MacArthur Highway Karuhatan, Valenzuela City, passing through Malabon City and C3 Road, Caloocan City, and the 2.6-km section between C3 Road, Caloocan City and R10, Navotas City.
It will greatly cater to trucks from Port Area in Manila to the North Luzon Expressway, Villar said.
The completion of the road project will massively take away about 30,000 cars, mostly trucks, from congested roads in Manila.
“Well isipin mo na lang 30,000 cars a day ang expected traffic sa Harbor Link, so ‘yang 30,000 na ‘yan, ‘yan ang mawawala sa Metro Manila roads natin. So malaking bagay din (Just think about this, 30,000 cars a day are expected to be diverted away from Metro Manila roads. That’s a big thing),” Villar told the Manila Bulletin.
The opening of the road will likewise help solve the port congestion in Manila as the expressway will operate 24/7 without imposing a truck ban.
“The next phase will connect it to R-10 and reduce travel time from Port Area in Manila to Quezon City to approximately 10 minutes,” Villar said.