One of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)’s ongoing projects is the NLEX-SLEX Connector Road, slated to be completed in 2022. While waiting for its completion, drone footage of the said project was shared by DPWH Secretary Mark Villar. The video shows the update of the NLEX-SLEX Connector Road as of August 2021.
NLEX-SLEX Connector Road Drone Footage
With a project cost of Php 23 billion, the NLEX-SLEX Connector Road is an 8-km elevated toll expressway that is divided into two sections. The first section is a 5-km elevated expressway situated between Harbor-Link Caloocan Interchange and España Boulevard in Sampaloc, Manila.
Meanwhile, the second section is a 3-km elevated expressway between España Interchange and the vicinity of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in Sta. Mesa. The expressway project passes through roads in Metro Manila including C3 Road, Abad Santos, Blumentritt, Dimasalang, España, Magsaysay Boulevard, and Sta. Mesa.
Upon completion, the road project is expected to accommodate 35,000 motorists daily and reduce the travel time from NLEX to SLEX to just 20 minutes. It will go hand-in-hand with the Skyway Stage 3 which opened its operation earlier this year. Both infrastructures will help reducing traffic in Metro Manila.
NLEX-SLEX Connector Road
What sets the NLEX-SLEX Connector apart from the Skyway Stage 3 is that it allows all classes to use its toll road including trucks. It can provide a faster route to those commercial vehicles (CVs) that are going in and out of the port. That said, heavy traffic on service roads should be reduced as trucks are usually the main cause of congestions.
The NLEX-SLEX Connector, alongside recently constructed road infrastructures, is expected to fulfill DPWH’s statement that every city in Metro Manila will only be 15 to 20 minutes away by 2022. A faster-moving city is expected to help drive the economy, which is something Filipino motorists should be excited about next year.
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