By Emmie V. Abadilla
The 2.6-km NLEX Harbor Link (R10 Section) and the 8-km NLEX Connector elevated expressways in CAMANAVA are now 65 percent complete and will be partially operational by the middle of next month.
They will be fully completed by March, 2020, according to Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar after inspecting the project yesterday.
The section stretches west from the new Caloocan Interchange to Radial Road 10 in Navotas City. An important feature of the project is a new off-ramp that will bring motorists directly from the NLEX to Dagat-Dagatan in Malabon City.
Strategically interconnected at the new Caloocan Interchange along C3/5th Avenue, the twin expressways are seen as urgent infrastructure solutions expected to provide relief to the thousands of commuters and motorists challenged by Metro Manila’s daily traffic.
Villar together with NLEX Corporation President and GM J. Luigi L. Bautista also witnessed the full blast foundation works of the first 5km section of the NLEX Connector expressway at the new Caloocan Interchange.
This section will extend to the future Sampaloc Interchange near España Boulevard, Manila.
“Working on the bored pile foundation is a delicate part of the construction process. A systematic laying of the foundation is being carefully and precisely engineered to prevent mounting traffic and ensure safety in the construction area,” Bautista pointed out.
A total of 223 piers will be built to support the all-weather, all-vehicle NLEX Connector which will eventually interconnect with the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 in Sta. Mesa, Manila.
“We are glad that these PPP projects are making good progress,” noted Secretary Villar, highlighting that these elevated and integrated expressways projects will be “game changers”.