Construction of NLEX C5 Link 1st 2 kms to begin by Q2

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NLEX Corp. president and general manager J. Luigi Bautista speaking at the Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines' 40th founding anniversary celebration on February 23.
  • Construction of the first two kilometers of the P1.6-billion North Luzon Expressway C5 Link is set to begin by the second quarter of this year
  • It will be completed within a year
  • Section 1A of NLEX C5 Link will be between the Mindanao Avenue toll plaza and Quirino Highway in Novaliches
  • NLEX Corp. hopes to get the greenlight from the Toll Regulatory Board for the P6.4-billion expansion of stretch from NLEX San Fernando to SCTEX Spur in Mabalacat, Pampanga for start of construction by the third quarter
  • The project will expand the stretch from San Fernando to SCTEX Spur from the existing 2×2 lanes to 3×3 lanes in each direction

Construction of the first two kilometers of the P1.6-billion North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) C5 Link is set to begin by the second quarter of this year and is expected to be completed within a year, according to NLEX Corp.

Section 1A (first two kms) of the project will be between the Mindanao Avenue toll plaza and Quirino Highway in Novaliches, NLEX Corp. president and general manager J. Luigi Bautista said during the Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines’ founding anniversary celebration on February 23.

“The construction of this new expressway section will be welcome news for commuters and truckers alike who currently face daily traffic gridlock in the congested portions of Mindanao Avenue,” Bautista said, adding that the section will eventually be integrated into the future NLEX expansion to C5/C.P. Garcia near Katipunan Avenue.

“With the NLEX C5 Link, we foresee an interconnected tollway network that will be accessible to the west, east, north, and south sides of Metro Manila,” Bautista said.

The project will provide trucks with a route that has 24/7 access and help improve transport and logistics.

The project forms part of the future Metro Manila Urban Ring Road connecting NLEX with the Manila- Cavite Expressway.

Another project NLEX Corp. hopes to start this year is the P6.4-billion expansion of the stretch from NLEX San Fernando to Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) Spur in Mabalacat, Pampanga.

When completed, the stretch will feature 3×3 lanes from the existing 2×2 lanes in each direction.

The project includes installation of roadway lighting from NLEX San Fernando all the way to Sta. Ines, Mabalacat in Pampanga, and expansion of the Angeles Interchange to accommodate higher vehicle volume.

Bautista said they hope to get the greenlight for the expansion from the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) soon so they can start the project by the third quarter of this year.

NLEX Corp. recently signed a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Public Works and Highways and TRB to build the Sto. Tomas Interchange between San Simon and San Fernando in Pampanga. The interchange will provide direct access to Santo Tomas and nearby towns and will ease congestion leading to San Fernando by providing an additional entry point to the province.

NLEX Corp. operates NLEX, SCTEX, and NLEX Connector. – Roumina Pablo

READ: NLEX Corp starts NLEX-C5 Link, other key projects for 2024