DPWH and NLEX officials witness the bored piling activities at the NLEX Connector site in Sampaloc Manila

CITY OF MEYCAUAYAN–Department of Public Works and Highways and North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) officials are in full works for the NLEX-SLEX Connector which travel time connecting the two highways will be reduced to only 20 minutes when construction is completed by the year end. 

On Tuesday, they inspected the progress of the NLEX Connector Sta. Mesa Section and witnessed the ongoing bored piling or foundation works along Antipolo Street, Sampaloc, Manila.

The particular section, a three-kilometer road is part of the eight-kilometer NLEX Connector which 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. 

For this section, a total of 72 piers will be built to support the elevated, four-lane expressway which will mostly run above the Philippine National Railways (PNR) lines. It will co-exist with the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) North-South railway project and will have two interchanges in España and R. Magsaysay. 

Catering to all vehicle classes, this will provide trucks with 24/7 alternative route, resolving truck ban woes and enabling unimpeded delivery of goods and services. 

DPWH Senior Usec Rafael Yabut-DPWH Usec Catalina Cabral-NLEX VP Nemesio Castillo-NLEX VP Fernando Autor

Upon completion by yearend, NLEX Connector is expected to accommodate around 35,000 motorists daily and is seen to reduce travel time from NLEX to South Luzon Expressway to 20 minutes from the usual two hours, while Clark to Calamba will just be approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes instead of three hours.  

“We are delighted to see the progress of this vital infrastructure which is included in the government’s  “Build! Build! Build!” infrastructure program. Right now, we have accomplished 87 percent right-of-way acquisition for the entire project. The DPWH team is committed to turn over by June 2022 the remaining right-of-way so we can complete this road by yearend,” said DPWH Senior Undersecretary Rafael Yabut in a press release by NLEX.

The project is a vital infrastructure project which will help decongest Metro Manila traffic and improve connectivity between seaports in Manila and airports in NAIA and Clark.

The project began on December and targets completion of the said segment by end of 2022.”

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