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NLEX Harbor Link Segment 9 opens March 19

The Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC), builder and concessionaire of the NLEX, opens today, March 19, Segment 9 of the NLEX Harbor Link, a 2.42-kilometer expressway that provides motorists an alternate access to Valenzuela City and Manila port areas through the NLEX.

Segment 9 connects NLEX from the Smart Connect Interchange to MacArthur Highway in Karuhatan, Valenzuela City. Built at a cost of P1.59 billion and expected to serve up to 27,000 vehicles daily during the initial year, the new road is expected to ease traffic in major thoroughfares.

“Vehicles going to CAMANAVA via NLEX can take the west-bound ramp at the Smart Connect Interchange, proceed through Segment 9 and take MacArthur Highway instead of exiting at the Valenzuela Interchange and passing through the congested Maysan Road. Vehicles going to the Port Area, can take the same route and pass by Monumento in Caloocan instead of exiting at Balintawak and going through traffic-heavy EDSA,” MNTC President Rodrigo E. Franco said.

By easing the traffic, Segment 9 will dramatically facilitate the movement of people and goods between Central and North Luzon and Metro Manila, particularly the CAMANAVA area.

“By linking NLEX and MacArthur Highway, we expect to see increased economic activities in these areas since it will improve transport logistics through the more efficient movement of trucks,” Franco said.

Segment 9 features two vehicular overpasses, two pedestrian overpasses, and is equipped with toll collection system, traffic management and telecommunication systems, median lighting, lane markings, signages, emergency call boxes and lay-bays.

Segment 9 requires payment by motorists upon entry the same toll fees as those currently collected in the existing NLEX Open System. Toll will be as follows: Class 1: P45, Class 2: P114.00, Class 3: P136.00.

The economic benefits Segment 9 will bring are expected to increase further when Segment 10 of the NLEX Harbor Link is finished in late 2016. Segments 9 and 10 will be linked via the NLEX Karuhatan Valenzuela Interchange. Stretching 5.65 kilometers long, Segment 10 will largely be an elevated expressway, directly linking NLEX and MacArthur Highway to Manila’s Port Area district. Segment 10 will primarily cater to port traffic and is envisioned to significantly speed up and reduce the cost of the transport of goods from Central and Northern Luzon to the country’s premier harbors.

“When Segments 9 and 10 become operational, the country’s port congestion problem will be a thing of the past,” Franco noted.