NLEX Connector toll-free for limited time

0
490
NLEX Connector toll-free for limited time
NLEX Connector photo from NLEX Corp.
  • The recently inaugurated first section of the NLEX Connector was opened to motorists toll-free starting March 29 but for a limited time
  • NLEX Corp. says it will issue another announcement to advise motorists when it will begin collecting toll
  • The tollway operator said it will strictly enforce the 60 kilometers per hour speed limit for trucks and 80 kph for cars/SUVs, buses, as well as motorcycles with 400cc and above displacement

Motorists may now use the recently inaugurated first section of the NLEX Connector toll-free for a limited period.

After its inauguration on March 27, the 5-kilometer Caloocan-España Section of the NLEX Connector opened toll-free to the motoring public on March 29, but the free access will be temporary.

“We are offering free access for a limited period, so motorists can experience for themselves the convenience of using the NLEX Connector,” toll operator NLEX Corp. president J. Luigi L. Bautista said in a statement.

NLEX Corp. said it will issue another announcement to advise motorists when it will start collecting toll on the new expressway, which was built to improve mobility and deliver economic development opportunities in North and South Luzon.

With the opening of the first section of the elevated expressway, NLEX Corp. said motorists may now enjoy the comfort of traveling between Caloocan and Manila in just five minutes instead of 30 minutes or longer when using local roads.

NLEX Corp. said the opening is timely for the anticipated influx of travelers during the Holy Week.

While the new road is designed to cater to all expressway vehicle classifications, the NLEX management will strictly enforce the 60 kilometer per hour speed limit for trucks and 80 kph for cars and SUVs, buses, as well as motorcycles with displacement of 400cc and above.

Traversing highly urbanized areas such as C3 Road/5th Ave., Blumentritt, and España in Sampaloc, Manila, the first section of the NLEX Connector is expected to ease traffic along España Boulevard, Abad Santos Avenue, Rizal Avenue, and Lacson Avenue and provide easier access to several areas including the University Belt.

It is also seen to benefit the trucking and logistics sector, as cargo trucks will have 24/7 access to the new road and, in turn, facilitate more efficient delivery of goods.

The NLEX Connector Caloocan-España Section has two wide lanes per direction and entry and exit ramps at C3 Road and España.

The entire NLEX Connector stretches 8 km starting from the Caloocan Interchange on C3 Road up to the vicinity of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in Sta. Mesa, Manila.

When completed, the P23.2 billion road project is seen to cut travel time from South Luzon Expressway (SLEX)-Alabang to NLEX-Balintawak from two hours to just 20 minutes.

NLEX Connector is a joint project of NLEX Corp., Metro Pacific Tollways Corp., Department of Transportation, Department of Public Works and Highways, and Toll Regulatory Board.