Public Works Secretary Mark Villar on Friday announced that the C3-R10 Section of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) Harbor Link Segment 10, the elevated expressway that will provide direct access between Radial Road 10 (R10) in Navotas City and the NLEx and is envisioned to boost trade performance and delivery of goods to Central Luzon and Northern Luzon, is slated for partial opening next month.
“The project is now 75 percent complete. We are on track to open the C3 to Dagat-Dagatan Avenue by February and the entire C3-R10 Section by March to help decongest major roads such as EDSA and C5,” said Villar.
“With the full completion of the project, we expect to reduce travel time from Port Area [in Manila] to NLEx [in Bulacan] to just 10 minutes,” he added.
Touted as a legacy project of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, the 2.6-kilometer C3-R10 Section from Caloocan Interchange, C3 Road in Caloocan City to R10 in Navotas City will connect with the 5.65-kilometer NLEx Harbor Link Segment 10 that passes through Karuhatan in Valenzuela City, Governor Pascual Avenue in Malabon City and 5th Avenue/C3 Road in Caloocan City.
“We’re very excited to fulfill our vision of decongesting Metro Manila traffic, which is one of the major thrusts of the administration’s infrastructure program,” Villar said.
Apart from alleviating daily traffic woes of motorists and commuters, the elevated expressway is seen significantly benefiting the transport logistics industry, as cargo trucks will have 24/7 access from the port to NLEx, sparing users from the truck ban and congested local roads.
“Now that the NLEx Harbor Link Segment 10’s C3-R10 Section is about to be completed, we are aiming to contribute more to the productive capacity of the economy, generate jobs and ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila,” NLEX Corp. President and General Manager J. Luigi Bautista said.