Link between NLEX, SLEX underway

Posted at 07/16/2012 5:23 PM | Updated as of 07/17/2012 8:15 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The government has asked for help from the Citra Metro Manila Tollways Corp. and the Metro Pacific Investments Corp. for solutions in the smooth implementation of road projects that will link-up the north and south expressways.

The Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) said that Pangilinan-led MPIC and San Miguel Corp.-backed CMMTC have already agreed to comply.

The road connector projects are expected to reduce travel time between North Luzon Expressway (NLEX)-South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).

The CMMTC earlier proposed to build a six-lane 14.2-kilometer (km) extension of the Integrated Skyway System from Buendia in Makati City to Balintawak in Quezon City.

This connector road will have exits in Quirino in Manila and Plaza Dilao, Aurora Boulevard, E. Rodriguez Ave., Quezon Boulevard, Sgt. Rivera, and Balintawak in Quezon City.

A connector road is also being offered by the Pangilinan group.

MPIC's proposal involves the construction of a 13.2-km overhead road via the Philippine National Railway (PNR) tracks passing through the busy streets of Manila.

Its own version will have four lanes and three exits that will be located in Quirino, Espana, and 5th Avenue.  From there, the road would connect to another MPIC road project dubbed as the "Harbor Link," which is actually an extension of the NLEX. The Pangilinan group holds NLEX concession.

Although each firm’s proposal has a different alignment, both suggested a 3-km common area starting from Buendia in Makati City all the way to Plaza Dilao in Manila.

Meanwhile, authorities also met with the Ayala group for the Daang Hari-SLEX link road.
 
Ayala will submit revisions to its design in order to provide for SLEX expansion requirements.

"In line with the current administration's good governance platform, we are closely coordinating with both the government and private sector involved in these projects to ensure that we adhere to the President's 5R principle - Right project, Right time, Right cost, Right people and Right on time," TRB executive director Edmund Reyes said.