NLEX's Segment 9 opens Thursday

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 18 2015 10:24 PM | Updated as of Mar 19 2015 07:29 AM

MANILA – Segment 9 of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link is set to open on Thursday, March 19.

Segment 9 connects NLEX from the Smart Connect Interchange to MacArthur Highway in Karuhatan, Valenzuela City.

The 2.42-kilometer new road was built at a cost of P1.59 billion will provide motorists an alternate access to Valenzuela City and Manila port areas through the NLEX.

“Vehicles going to CAMANAVA via NLEX can take the west-bound ramp at the Smart Connect Interchange, proceed through Segment 9 and take MacArthur Highway instead of exiting at the Valenzuela Interchange and passing through the congested Maysan Road. Vehicles going to the Port Area, can take the same route and pass by Monumento in Caloocan instead of exiting at Balintawak and going through traffic-heavy EDSA,” Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) president Rodrigo Franco said in a statement.

“By linking NLEX and MacArthur Highway, we expect to see increased economic activities in these areas since it will improve transport logistics through the more efficient movement of trucks,” he added.

Segment 9 features two vehicular overpasses, two pedestrian overpasses, and is equipped with toll collection system, traffic management and telecommunication systems, median lighting, lane markings, signages, emergency call boxes and lay-bays.

Segment 9 requires payment by motorists upon entry the same toll fees as those currently collected in the existing NLEX Open System. Toll rates will be as follows: Class 1: P45, Class 2: P114, Class 3: P136.

The 5.65-km Segment 10, meanwhile, is expected to finished in late 2016.

Segments 9 and 10 will be linked via the NLEX Karuhatan Valenzuela Interchange.

Segment 10 will primarily cater to port traffic and is envisioned to significantly speed up and reduce the cost of the transport of goods from Central and Northern Luzon to the country’s premier harbors.

“When Segments 9 and 10 become operational, the country’s port congestion problem will be a thing of the past,” Franco said.