DPWH and NLEX Speed Up Construction of Connector Road
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the NLEX Corporation have fast-tracked the construction of the 5-kilometre section of the P23-billion NLEX Connector from Caloocan Interchange to Espana, Manila. It is hoped that this will be finished before the end of the year.
The 3kms remaining road will be finished before Duterte steps down in 2022.
According to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, “Right-of-way delivery for the whole alignment stands at 81 per cent, while construction progress is at 16 per cent. With the commitment of both the public and private sectors, we are optimistic that we can finish the project as scheduled.”
The project is composed of Super T girders which span 30 meters and weigh 53 tons. These have been used in Australia and New Zealand but relatively new in the Philippines. These are known to be flexible, aesthetically appealing, and structurally efficient. They also limit the need for formworks and have open flanges.
“Innovation is one of the core values of our company,” noted NLEX Corporation President and General Manager J. Luigi L. Bautista. “We are using Super T beams to advance our construction progress so we can soon complete this crucial infrastructure that would help decongest Metro Manila and solve truck ban woes,” he explained.
The NLEX Connector features four toll plazas and interchanges in Espana and C3. This is readily accessible for those going to the airports and the Manila Ports and is expected to reduce travel time by at least two hours and 20 minutes. The project will also give trucks an alternate route.