Construction of NLEX Connector’s Sta. Mesa section starts

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Foundation works mark start of construction of NLEX Connector Sta. Mesa Section. Photo from NLEX Corporation.
  • Foundation works have been laid marking the start of construction for the 3km North Luzon Expressway Connector Sta. Mesa Section in Manila
  • The section is part of the 8-km NLEX Connector that extends NLEX southward from Caloocan Interchange on C3 road and connects to the Skyway Stage 3 in Sta. Mesa
  • NLEX Connector will provide trucks with a 24/7 alternative route, resolving truck ban woes and enabling unimpeded delivery of goods and services
  • It is expected to accommodate around 35,000 motorists daily and reduce travel time from NLEX to South Luzon Expressway to 20 minutes from the usual two hours

Toll operator NLEX Corporation began construction of the 3-kilometer North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Connector Sta. Mesa Section, laying foundation works along Antipolo Street, Sampaloc, Manila.

The section is part of the entire 8-km NLEX Connector that extends the NLEX southward from Caloocan Interchange on C3 road, traverses España Boulevard and R. Magsaysay Boulevard, and connects to the Skyway Stage 3 near the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Sta. Mesa, Manila.

“Progress of the NLEX Connector Sta. Mesa Section will be more visible now as we start laying the foundation for this segment. The bored piles are crucial in providing a sturdy base for our elevated expressway project,” NLEX Corp. president and general manager J. Luigi Bautista said in a statement.

For this section, a total of 72 piers will be built to support the elevated, four-lane expressway that will mostly run above lines of the Philippine National Railways. The section will co-exist with the Department of Transportation’s North-South railway project and will have two interchanges on España and R. Magsaysay.

NLEX Corp. and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) are working together to complete the project, which will help decongest Metro Manila traffic and improve connectivity between seaports in Manila and airports in Pasay and Clark.

During the groundbreaking ceremony for the Sta. Mesa segment last December 2021, Public Works Secretary Roger Mercado committed to “provide the necessary right-of-way for the project as we target to complete this segment by end of 2022.”

Catering to all vehicle classes, the NLEX Connector will provide trucks with a 24/7 alternative route, resolving truck ban woes and enabling unimpeded delivery of goods and services.

Once completed by yearend, the NLEX Connector is expected to accommodate around 35,000 motorists daily and reduce travel time from NLEX to South Luzon Expressway to 20 minutes from the usual two hours, while Clark to Calamba will just be approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes instead of three hours.