MNTC eyes completing NLEX-Harbor Link by Dec 2016

By Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 21 2015 01:48 PM | Updated as of Jul 23 2015 12:26 AM

 

MANILA (UPDATED) - Manila North Tollways Corp. (MNTC) is eyeing to complete the NLEX-Harbor ink road by December 2016 if the right-of-way issues along north rail section are resolved.

 

MNTC said the right-of-way delivery is only at 25 percent today.

The road project is originally targeted to be finished by the third quarter of next year, but because of right-of-way issues, it has been moved to December 2016.

"Ang isang kailangan namin ang ma-access sana 'yung North Rail section, natigil ito, nagawa sila, but tumutulong ang DOTC at DPWH sa atin na tumutulong sa amin na mapablis,” said Nemie Castillo, vice president for construction at MNTC.

The first segment of the NLEX-Harbor Link or Segment 9 was opened last March 2015 while construction is still ongoing for the second and last segment of NLEX-Harbor Link, Segment 10.

The 5.65-kilometer Segment 10 will connect MacArthur Highway to C3 in the port area. Segment 10 is an elevated expressway inside the PNR right-of-way. The PNR, once revived, will be constructed under the Segment 10.

A casting yard has been set up on site so that the fabrication of girders will be close to the construction site. MNTC explained that this avoided the task of transporting 1,500 girders to the site through heavy traffic.

As of now, MNTC said Segment 10 is 15 percent complete.

The new road is expected to improve congestion for cargo trucks coming from Manila. Around 27,000 vehicles are estimated to traverse the constructed road per day and cut travel time by half.

“The city streets, luluwag 'yan, may alternative na to C3 and Bonifacio. Mas mabilis na 'yung turnaround din ng cargo,” said Ramoncito Fernandez, chief executive of MNTC said.

Only one toll gate will be built at the end of Segment 10, but MNTC assures that the fee will be affordable.

“There is a toll fee already approved by the toll regulatory board, but this will be implemented once we open it to the public. We assure you that it is not high," the firm said.

This road project will serve as an extension of NLEX and eventually will be the take-off point of the NLEX-SLEX Connector Road project.