Officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and NLEX Corporation conducted an inspection of the ongoing 8-kilometer NLEX-SLEX Connector Road Project that will extend NLEX Southward from Segment 10 to Skyway Stage 3.
DPWH Senior Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut representing Secretary Roger G. Mercado, visited the on-going construction of the second section of NLEX Connector at España, Manila.
According to Senior Undersecretary Yabut, MNTC reported that the project which will serve as the first connector toll road for all vehicles including heavy trucks, is now almost halfway-finished with 45 percent of civil works completed.
The project inspection was also attended by DPWH Undersecretary Maria Catalina E. Cabral, Assistant Secretary Wilfredo Mallari, Director Constante Llanes Jr., and Director Alex Bote.
Section 1 which is the 5.15-kilometer segment from C3, Caloocan to España, Manila is now 64.5 percent complete while the 2.75-kilometer Section 2 from España, Manila to PUP Sta. Mesa, Manila is now 3.1 percent complete.
When completed, the elevated road will reduce travel time from SLEX to NLEX to just 20 minutes and benefit at least 35,000 motorists/vehicles per day.
Using the 4-lane toll road, travel time from Clark to Calamba will be reduced from approximately 3 hours to 1 hour and 40 minutes.
The NLEX-SLEX Connector Road Project which costs P23.2 Billion began construction in May 2019. It is expected to be opened by the third quarter of 2023.