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Metro Pacific lines up tollroad projects for second half

NLEX Corp. is slated to begin by the second half of the year the construction of two infrastructure projects that seek to improve the travel experience of motorists in and around Metro Manila.

In a recent statement, the Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC) unit said that among them was the NLEX C-5 Link section between the Mindanao Avenue toll plaza and Quirino Highway in Novaliches, Quezon City. The company intends to commence building its first two kilometers (km) this year.

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The 11.5-km expressway traverses Mindanao Avenue, Quirino Highway, Regalado Avenue, Congressional Avenue and C.P. Garcia Avenue in Quezon City.NLEX said it was a “a vital portion of the Metro Pacific’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.”

The project is expected to reduce travel time between Mindanao Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue to 10 minutes from 45 minutes.

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Another project eyed for construction this year is the third bridge at Candaba Viaduct. The expressway link, which is located between Bulacan and Pampanga, has been serving the Metro Manila, and Central and North Luzon road corridor, according to the tollway firm.

This project, which is anticipated to be done in 24 months, is designed to increase maximum speed at the viaduct to 80 km per hour (kph) from 60 kph.

Caloocan-España link

Meanwhile, the tollway company disclosed that the NLEX Connector España section was set for completion this year as well. The 5-km expressway linking Caloocan and España interchanges is now at 70 percent of construction. It forms part of the 8-km NLEX Connector.

In February, the MPTC unit said it began working on the 3-km Sta. Mesa section of the road project.

The NLEX Connector is seen to “enhance accessibility to international airports such as Naia (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) and Clark, help create jobs, and spur development between Metro Manila and its surrounding provinces in the north and south.”

It is expected to serve 35,000 motorists daily.

“We continue to actively contribute to our country’s economic recovery by ramping up our infrastructure improvements that aim to enhance the mobility and safety of motorists,” said J. Luigi Bautista, president of NLEX. INQ

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