NLEX Corporation announced plans to start the construction of a two-kilometer expressway section that would link the existing Mindanao Avenue toll plaza to the Quirino Highway in Novaliches, Quezon City within the second half of the year.
NLEX Corporation President and GM Luigi Bautista said, “The construction of this new P2- billion expressway section will be welcome news for NLEX commuters who currently face daily traffic gridlock in the congested portions of Mindanao Avenue. Eventually, this section will be integrated into the future NLEX expansion to C5 /CP Garcia near Katipunan Avenue. We foresee an interconnected tollway network that will be accessible to the west, east, north, and south sides of Metro Manila,” Bautista was quoted as saying.
“The construction of the new section is part of the DPWH Build, Build, Build Program and is expected to contribute to the government’s economic stimulus initiative aimed at generating more jobs and helping revive the economy amid the pandemic,” he added.
The 11.5-kilometer NLEX C5 Link project to be put up between Mindanao Avenue, Quirino Highway, Regalado Avenue, Congressional Avenue and C.P. Garcia Avenue is expected to benefit 45,000 motorists daily and cut travel time between Mindanao Avenue to Commonwealth Avenue to 10 minutes instead of the usual 45 minutes.
The NLEX Corporation said that the project will also provide an alternate route for container cargo trucks, haulers and other commercial vehicles to the ports of Manila via NLEX Harbor Link all the way to the new Navotas Interchange along Mel Lopez Boulevard, R-10.
Aside from the initial two-kilometer stretch of the C5 Link, the tollway operator is fast-tracking the completion of the first first-kilometer section of the NLEX Connector to España Boulevard in Sampaloc, Manila along the PNR railroad tracks.
The NLEX Connector is expected to reduce travel time from NLEX to South Luzon Expressway from two hours to just 20 minutes and support business activities in fast-growing regions such as Central Luzon and Calabarzon.
Photos from NLEX Corporation