The Department of Public works and Highways officially announced the opening of the NLEX Harbor Link at a ribbon cutting ceremony held on March 4.
The 5.56 kilometer elevated road traverses the cities of Valenzuela, Malabon and Caloocan and connects the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) which heads to Central Luzon, to the Port area in Metro Manila. According to the DPWH, anyone driving to-or-from the Port area in Manila to the C-3 road in Caloocan can expect their drive time reduced by almost a full hour as the drive will now only take 5 minutes.
No toll fee increase for now.
According to the NLEX Corporation who manages the North-bound high-way, for now, there will be no additional toll fee for those who use the NLEX Harbor Link and all tolls will still be collected at the Bocaue Toll Plaza. But once the NLEX Corporation has regulatory clearance from the government, they perceive an increase of around PhP 9 to use the Harbor Link.
Government officials expect the NLEX Harbor Link to not just help the traffic situation in the highly congested area, but greatly benefit truckers and freight forwarders as well. Delivery and service Trucks will now have 24/7 access to the Harbor Link, which should result in the faster delivery of good both to and from North and Central Luzon and in lowered fuel consumption. An estimated 30,000 motorists stand to benefit from the NLEX Harbor Link and the faster turn-about should help boost business growth in Northern and Central Luzon.
The government took the time to also inaugurate the 2nd NLEX-SLEX link that whose first phase will connect the C-3 highway to the Sta.Mesa. It is a mirror of the NLEX-SLEX elevated expressway currently being developed by San Miguel’s Corp’s Skyway Stage 3 which is set to open as well this 2020.