NLEX completing 3 major projects for 2022

Published May 21, 2022, 7:08 AM

by Emmie V. Abadilla

NLEX Corporation will complete and operate three major projects within the second half of 2022 – the NLEX Connector, the NLEX C5 Link Mindanao Avenue-Quirino Highway Section, and the Candaba Third Viaduct, President J. Luigi L. Bautista announced.

“We continue contributing to our country’s economic recovery by ramping up our infrastructure improvements to enhance the mobility and safety of motorists,” he added.

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Todate, the eight-kilometer NLEX Connector is 70 percent complete.

The first five kilometers of its España Section between Caloocan and España interchanges is now standing and will be finished within the year.

The entire elevated road extends the expressway southward from NLEX Harbor Link Caloocan Interchange on C3 Road, España Blvd., R. Magsaysay Blvd., all the way to Sta. Mesa, Manila.

The NLEX Connector provides 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, and spur development between Metro Manila and surrounding provinces.

Once opened, this expressway, which runs mostly above the alignment of the Philippine National Railways (PNR), will serve 35,000 motorists.

Within this year, NLEX Corp. likewise plans to start constructing the first two kilometers of the NLEX C5 Link section between the Mindanao Avenue toll plaza and Quirino Highway in Novaliches, Quezon City.

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.

It is a vital portion of the Metro Pacific’s Urban Ring Road, the interconnected tollway network linking the west, east, north, and south sides of Metro Manila.

When completed, it will reduce travel time between Mindanao Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue to 10 minutes instead of the usual 45 minutes.

Also included in the NLEX Corp.’s 2022 project pipeline is the third bridge at Candaba Viaduct.

Situated between Pulilan, Bulacan, and Apalit, Pampanga, the Candaba Viaduct is a strategic expressway link serving the Metro Manila, and Central and North Luzon road corridor for several years.

The Candaba Third Viaduct project, expected to be completed in 24 months, will expand the five-kilometer bridge from the existing three lanes without shoulder to three lanes with inner and outer shoulder per direction.

Aside from making travels safer and more convenient, this new bridge will also shorten journeys, increasinh the maximum speed at the Viaduct from 60 kilometers per hour to 80kph.

Earlier this year, NLEX announced its other ongoing projects.

These include 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.

Already, the tollway firm has finished working on the link slabs of San Matias Bridge between San Fernando and San Simon interchanges, and the girders of Marilao Interchange Bridge in Marilao, Bulacan.

NLEX Corporation is a unit of the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), the toll road arm of the Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC).

 
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