NLEX Connector España Section to be completed this year

NLEX Caloocan Interchange

The NLEX Corporation announced that it is eyeing to complete the NLEX Connector España Section within the year.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What is the current status of the NLEX Connector Espana Section's construction?

    The NLEX Corporation said that the five-kilometer section of the NLEX Connector Road is now 70 percent complete.
  • How many motorists are expected to benefit from the project once completed?

    According to the tollway operator, around 35,000 motorists are expected to benefit from the project everyday.
  • In a statement, the tollway operator shared that the five-kilometer España Section of the NLEX Connector Road — situated between Caloocan and España interchanges — is now 70 percent complete and is poised to be completed by the second half of 2022.

    The NLEX Connector aims to provide the supply chain and logistics sector with a more efficient and truck ban-free route, bypassing busy roads such as EDSA and C5.  It will also enhance accessibility to international airports such as NAIA and Clark, help create jobs, and spur development between Metro Manila and its surrounding provinces in the north and south,” the company explained.

    Once opened, around 35,000 motorists are expected to be served by this new expressway on a daily basis, which runs mostly above the alignment of the Philippine National Railways (PNR).

    NLEX Connector at Blumentritt

    Meanwhile, the NLEX Corporation is eyeing to start the construction of the first two kilometers of the NLEX C5 Link section between the Mindanao Avenue toll plaza and Quirino Highway in Novaliches, Quezon City in the second half of 2022.

    “In its entirety, the NLEX C5 Link is an 11.5-kilometer expressway traversing Mindanao Avenue, Quirino Highway, Regalado Avenue, Congressional Avenue and C.P. Garcia Avenue in Quezon City and a vital portion of the Metro Pacific’s Urban Ring Road or the interconnected tollway network that is being developed to link up the west, east, north, and south sides of Metro Manila. When completed, it is seen to reduce the travel time between Mindanao Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue to 10 minutes instead of the usual 45 minutes,” the toll company said.

    NLEX C5 Link

    Apart from that, the firm said that part of its pipeline of projects for the year is the construction of the third bridge at Candaba Viaduct.

    Once started, the Candaba Third Viaduct project, (expected to be completed in 24 months), will expand the five-kilometer bridge from existing three lanes without shoulder to three lanes with inner and outer shoulder per direction. When completed, the aforementioned section of the road will allow motorists to drive from the then maximum speed of 60kph to 80kph.

    Earlier, NLEX announced other ongoing projects such as the link slab replacement at Candaba Viaduct northbound, the annual NLEX-SCTEX pavement repair program, the strengthening of Pasig-Potrero Bridge, the road raising works at Dinalupihan, the preventive maintenance of its various infrastructure assets, and the continued upgrade of its RFID system. It has also finished working on the link slabs of San Matias Bridge which is located between San Fernando and San Simon interchanges, and the girders of Marilao Interchange Bridge in Marilao, Bulacan.

    “We continue to actively contribute to our country’s economic recovery by ramping up our infrastructure improvements that aim to enhance the mobility and safety of motorists,” NLEX Corporation President J. Luigi Bautisa was quoted as saying.

    Photos from NLEX Corporation

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