CLARK FREEPORT -- The multi-level North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Caloocan Interchange along C3 Road will soon be completed with a massive steel girder launching undertaken recently.
“The installation of these girders is crucial in our construction process as we target to open the Malabon Exit by February 2020 and the entire C3-R10 Section by March 2020,” NLEX Corporation president and general manager Luigi Bautista said.
The interchange will serve as a strategic converging point of NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10, its C3-R10 Section, and the NLEX Connector. It is aimed at providing efficient journeys for motorists traversing the said expressway network from NLEX to Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Manila and vice versa.
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 rapidly in progress.
With the project’s current status and utmost productivity at site, the tollway company is confident to deliver the project as scheduled.
“Our team is working double-time to make the C3-R10 Section accessible and provide travel convenience to our motorists,” Bautista said.
Opened in February 2019, NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 is the 5.65-kilometer, six-lane elevated expressway that 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 eight-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.
Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, whose agency is in-charge of the project, said the new interchange is essential to the completion of the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 C3-R10 Section - a highly anticipated expressway project that will benefit around 30,000 vehicles daily.
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 also providing solutions to Metro Manila traffic woes as cargo trucks will have 24/7 access from the port to NLEX,” Villar said.
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.
“When the off-ramp directly to the port becomes operational, we can do more trips because there will be less travel time, there is no truck ban on NLEX plus we can save on diesel consumption,” Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines (CTAP) president Mario Yap said.
Also having a positive outlook is Malabon City Mayor Antolin Oreta III who noted that “the completion of the entire NLEX Harbor Link will help reduce the number of cargo vehicles piling up on local roads, make commuting less stressful for the public, and improve productivity in our city.”