Three major NLEX projects in the pipeline this year

Perspective image NLEX C5 link
Perspective image of NLEX C5 link from NLEX Corp.
  • Three major NLEX projects are in the pipeline this year
  • The first 5-kilometer España Section of NLEX Connector between Caloocan and España interchanges is now 70% done and will be complete this year
  • Construction of the first two kilometers of NLEX C5 Link will begin soon
  • The Candaba Viaduct will feature a third bridge

Three major North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) projects are in the pipeline this year.

Tollway company NLEX Corp. in a statement said that for the second half of the year, it is set to complete the first five kilometers of the NLEX Connector project and will start construction of the NLEX C5 Link Mindanao Avenue-Quirino Highway Section and the Candaba Third Viaduct.

NLEX Connector’s first 5 kilometers of the España Section between Caloocan and España interchanges is now 70% complete. The entire elevated road extends the expressway southward from NLEX Harbor Link Caloocan Interchange on C3 Road, España Blvd., R. Magsaysay Blvd., all the way to Sta. Mesa, Manila.

NLEX Connector aims to provide the supply chain and logistics sector with a more efficient and truck ban-free route, bypassing busy roads such as EDSA and C5.

It is also seen to enhance accessibility to international airports such as Ninoy Aquino International Airport and Clark International Airport, help create jobs, and spur development between Metro Manila and its surrounding provinces in the north and south, NLEX Corp said.

Once opened, NLEX Connector, which runs mostly above the alignment of the Philippine National Railways (PNR), will serve 35,000 motorists.

The tollway company is also looking to start within the year construction of the first two kilometers of the NLEX C5 Link section between the Mindanao Avenue toll plaza and Quirino Highway in Novaliches, Quezon City.

In its entirety, the NLEX C5 Link is an 11.5-kilometer expressway traversing Mindanao Avenue, Quirino Highway, Regalado Avenue, Congressional Avenue and C.P. Garcia Avenue in Quezon City.  It is a vital portion of the Metro Pacific Tollway’s Urban Ring Road or the interconnected tollway network that is being developed to link up the west, east, north, and south sides of Metro Manila.

When completed, it is seen to reduce the travel time between Mindanao Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue to 10 minutes instead of the usual 45 minutes.

Also included in the pipeline of projects for 2022 is construction of the third bridge at Candaba Viaduct. Situated between Pulilan, Bulacan, and Apalit, Pampanga, the Candaba Viaduct is a strategic expressway link that has been serving the Metro Manila, and Central and North Luzon road corridor for several years.

The Candaba Third Viaduct project, which is expected to be completed in 24 months, will expand the five-kilometer bridge from three lanes without shoulder to three lanes with inner and outer shoulder per direction.

Aside from making travels safer and more convenient, this new bridge, once completed, will translate to faster journeys as it will increase the maximum speed at the viaduct from 60 kilometers per hour to 80kph.

Earlier this year, NLEX Corp announced other projects such as the link slab replacement at Candaba Viaduct northbound; the annual NLEX-Subic, Clark, Tarlac Expressway pavement repair program; strengthening of Pasig-Potrero Bridge; road raising works at Dinalupihan; the preventive maintenance of various infrastructure assets; and continued upgrade of its RFID system.

NLEX Corp also completed work on the link slabs of San Matias Bridge, located between San Fernando and San Simon interchanges, and the girders of Marilao Interchange Bridge in Marilao, Bulacan.