The shipment of goods to Manila’s Port Area from northern and central Luzon is expected to be faster and easier with the opening of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) Harbor Link segment this month, said Public Works Secretary Mark Villar.
With the new link, travel time from NLEx in Valenzuela City to Port Area was also expected to be shorter, he said.
“When this is completed, travel time from circumferential road 3 (C3) in Caloocan City and NLEx will be reduced to 10 minutes,” Villar said.
The road project is composed of the 5.65-kilometer elevated expressway traversing NLEx from MacArthur Highway in Karuhatan, Valenzuela City, and passing through the cities of Malabon and Caloocan and the 2.6-km section between C3 in Caloocan and R10 in Navotas.
The road network will also ease traffic congestion on Edsa and the north sections of Metro Manila as an estimated of 30,000 cars, trucks and container vans from Port Area pass through the expressway.
Villar said the P15.5-billion project would also make the country’s transport industry easier as cargo trucks would have direct access to the Port Area to the northern provinces of Luzon and vice versa via NLEx.
Other benefits of Segment 10’s completion include an increase in land value around the area and the more employment opportunities, said NLEX Corporation president Luigi Bautista.
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