PGMA inaugurates road linking Mindanao Ave. to NLEX

April 30, 2010 8:22 pm 

MANILA, April 30 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo inaugurated today a newly-completed 2.7-kilometer road project called Segment 8.1, connecting Mindanao Avenue and Circumferential Road 5 (C-5) in Quezon City to the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) main in Valenzuela City designed to provide easier access to the 84-kilometer tollway for travelers coming from the eastern parts of Metro Manila.

The President led the capsule-laying ceremony signaling the start of construction of another road project called Segment 9 under the NLEX Phase 2 expansion program of the Manila North Tollways Corp. (MNTC).

Segment 9 is a 3.8-kilometer tollway that will link NLEX main to MacArthur Highway in Valenzuela City.

The MNTC is also constructing a cloverleaf interchange in Barangay Ugong, Valenzuela as part of the NLEX Phase 2 program. Also on the drawing board of the expansion program is Segment 10 connecting Valenzuela to Letre in Malabon City.

The President said the proposed Segment 10 section will also link the Manila port area to the Skyway along the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).

These road projects are being pursued by the MNTC, builder-concessionaire of the NLEX, through a public-private sector partnership.

The linking of C5-Mindanao Avenue and NLEX through the cloverleaf interchange in Ugong can accommodate 6,000 vehicles per day at the initial stage of its operation. This will substantially reduce traffic volume and congestion at the Cubao-Balintawak stretch of EDSA and CAMANAVA (Caloocan-Malabon-Navotas-Valenzuela) area.

“Today’s event attests to the strong partnership between our government and the private sector in giving one of the most important of our infrastructure programs to the people,” the President said in her speech.

The President later led the inaugural drive through of Segment 8.1 passing through the toll plaza project in Barangay Ugong going to Quirino Avenue.

While on board a bus, MNTC president and chief executive officer Rodrigo Franco informed the President that the tollway will be operational by end of May this year.

The President later led the inauguration of the newly- completed underpass at the intersection of Quirino Highway and Mindanao Avenue in Barangay Talipapa, Novaliches, Quezon City.

Public Works Secretary Victor Domingo told the President that the 500-meter underpass was completed in just five months, two months ahead of schedule.

Afterwards, the President proceeded to inspect the C5- Congressional Avenue extension project and the expansion of Luzon Avenue up to Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City where an overpass is now being constructed to fully complete the C5 project linking NLEX and SLEX.

The President said the expected completion on June 15 of the overpass across Commonwealth Avenue that will link Luzon Avenue and Katipunan Avenue will truly provide a seamless travel between NLEX and SLEX.

The President said these projects that include the operational Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) project in Batangas are vital to the interconnection of the Urban Luzon Beltway (ULB), traversing the growth corridor of Subic-Clark to Batangas which is considered an ideal location for foreign and local investments.

These projects will fully harness the ULB’s growth potentials as a globally competitive industrial and services hub, especially with the logistics sector’s growing global market value of $ 3.5 trillion.

“This is central to the network of transport infrastructure that our government has embarked on in 2001 to link the entire country,” the President said.

Welcoming and thanking the President for facilitating funds for the world-class projects were MNTC chairman Manuel Pangilinan, Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. president Ramoncito Fernandez, Metro Pacific Investments Corp. president Jose Maria Lim, Valenzuela City Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian, Valenzuela Rep. Magtanggol Gunigundo and Quezon City 2nd District Rep. Annie Susano. (PNA) scs/OPS/ssc


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