By EMMIE V. ABADILLA
The multi-level North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Caloocan Interchange along C3 Road, where the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10, its C3-R10 Section, and the NLEX Connector converge, will soon be completed, the NLEX Corporation yesterday announced.
The interchange is essential to the completion of the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 C3-R10 Section meant to benefit 30,000 vehicles daily, as they traverse the network from NLEX to Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Manila and vice versa.
NLEX Corporation recently installed steel girders “crucial in our construction process,” according to President and General Manager J. Luigi L. Bautista. “We target to open the Malabon Exit next month (February, 2020) and the entire C3-R10 Section by March 2020.”
So far, the tollway company has completed most of the bored pile foundations for the C3-R10 Section while column, crosshead erection works, beam launching, and deck concreting are in progress.
The project will be “delivered as scheduled”, he confirmed. “Our team is working double-time to make the C3-R10 Section accessible and provide travel convenience to our motorists.”
The tollway firm opened the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 in February, 2019. The 5.65-kilometer, 6-lane, elevated expressway originates in Karuhatan, Valenzuela City over Governor Pascual Avenue in Malabon City and Caloocan Interchange. It is extending 2.6 kilometers from Caloocan to R10, Navotas City.
NLEX Connector, on the other hand, is also under construction. The 8-kilometer expressway is being built along the Philippine National Railways (PNR) tracks from the end of Segment 10 on C3/5th Avenue to PUP Sta. Mesa, Manila.
The C3-R10 Section will cater to port traffic thus significantly speed up the transport of goods from Central and North Luzon to Port of Manila.
“The NLEX Harbor Link will significantly impact trade and commerce while providing solutions to Metro Manila traffic woes as cargo trucks will have 24/7 access from the port to NLEX,” noted Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, whose agency is in-charge of the project.
Being the country’s shipping gateway for local and international trade, the Port of Manila has been vital to the country’s transport and logistics network.
Various stakeholders who stand to benefit from the soon-to-open C3-R10 Section, are optimistic that these will ease up traffic for the transport industry and the people.