THE Department of Public Works and Highways yesterday announced that motorists, commuters, and truckers bound for the cities of Malabon, Caloocan and Navotas —who currently face the daily traffic gridlock of Metro Manila—are set to enjoy some relief with the opening of the NLEX Harbor Link Malabon Exit.
DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar led the inaugural drive-thru and opening of Malabon Exit, the newest access from Caloocan Interchange, C3 Road to Dagat-Dagatan Avenue. With him are NLEX Corporation officials led by president and general manager J. Luigi L. Bautista.
“About 30,000 motorists per day will stand to benefit from this new road once the entire Harbor Link C3-R10 Section is fully completed, helping reduce travel time for the traffic-weary public, providing more turnaround trips for the trucking sector, and growing businesses for merchants and local communities,” Villar said.
“In the meantime, we are opening this new Malabon Exit to provide immediate relief from the daily bumper-to-bumper traffic in the Camanava area especially along C3 Road. When we open the entire C3-R10 Section next month, travel time between NLEX and the Camanava area will be reduced from 60 to 10 minutes, or a savings of 50 minutes,” he added.
For its part, NLEX Corporation is committed to support the government’s aim to alleviate traffic congestion in Metro Manila through high impact infrastructure projects such as the NLEX Harbor Link that improves commuter mobility between airports, seaports, and growth corridors in both the north and south.
NLEX Corporation president and general manager Bautista said the tollway company decided to open the Malabon Exit a month before the whole NLEX Harbor Link C3-R10 Section is completed in response to the clamor of motorists for immediate relief from heavy traffic along the Camanava area. This is while construction works are still ongoing for the rest of the Harbor Link alignment.
The Malabon Exit is part of the 2.6-kilometer elevated NLEX Harbor Link C3-R10 Section between the new Caloocan Interchange in C3 Road, Caloocan City to Radial Road 10, Navotas City, connecting the previously opened 5.65-kilometer NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 that traverses Karuhatan, Valenzuela City, Governor Pascual Avenue in Malabon City, and 5th Avenue/C3 Road, Caloocan City.
Aside from significantly easing up the daily traffic congestion and serving as an alternate route to Dagat-Dagatan Avenue, the Malabon Exit also aims to open up development potentials in the area.
The NLEX Harbor Link is one of the high impact projects of the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program.