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NLEX-SLEX link construction likely this year

Maria Romero

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Construction of the second section of the road connecting North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and South Luzon Expressway (NLEX) is likely to begin this year as Pangilinan-led NLEX Corporation is hoping to award the project contract by May.

In an interview last week, NLEX Corp. president and general manager Luigi Bautista said they are already undergoing procurement for the contractor of the Section 2 of North Luzon Expressway-South Luzon Expressway (NLEX-SLEX) connector road.

“For Section 2, we are already doing the procurement for the contractor. We are bidding it in a couple of months. The intention is to be able to identify the contractor by around May so that around that time we can already issue the notice to proceed,” Bautista told reporters.

Bautista said about six to seven companies have already expressed interest to bid for the project, which is an eight-kilometer toll road that will link NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 in C3 Road, Caloocan City to the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in Sta. Mesa, Manila.

It is anticipated to provide an alternate route for trucks coming from the port area wherein the first section of the project goes all the way from Caloocan to España, while Section 2 is from España all the way to PUP Sta. Mesa.

With an estimated cost of around P13 to P14 billion, the expressway is targeted to be opened by NLEX Corp. in December 2021 and expected to serve 35,000 motorists daily, reducing travel time from NLEX to SLEX to 20 minutes from the usual two hours.

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