The first 5-kilometer section of the P23 Billion NLEX Connector road is now 50 percent complete and will be finished by first quarter 2022, the NLEX Corporation today (Sept. 22) announced.


The elevated expressway is a public-private partnership project between Metro Pacific Tollways led-NLEX Corporation and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

“The first section of NLEX Connector from Caloocan Interchange to España Boulevard is nearly halfway done,” DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar confirmed during his inspection of the project’s Manila segment.

“We are targeting to deliver the full right-of-way (ROW) for this section by next month so we can further accelerate the project,” he noted.

As the first section of NLEX Connector is being built inside the Philippine National Railways (PNR) ROW and passes through urbanized areas between Harbor Link-Caloocan Interchange along C3 Road/5th Ave. and España Blvd. in Sampaloc, Manila, the tollway company continues to tap technology to hasten the construction.

For this reason, NLEX Corporation is using the Indonesian technology called Sosrobahu in launching coping beams or pierheads in certain portions of the NLEX Connector.

The rotating device enables the construction of expressways above existing roads with minimum disturbance to traffic.

“This technology will ramp up the construction progress and minimize traffic jams,” explained NLEX Corporation President and General Manager J. Luigi L. Bautista.

“Despite the challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic, we can expect significant progress in the coming months because of this solution,” he added.

Aside from the Sosrobahu, NLEX is also using Super T girders to expedite the construction of the infrastructure.

Super T girders are innovative, pre-stressed box girders that are widely used for bridges in Australia and New Zealand.

More than 1,400 girders will be used for the entire project.

NLEX is also using the PNR railway tracks in transporting major structural components from one site to another to speed up the construction.

The connector road will provide trucks with a 24/7 alternative route and reduce travel time between NLEX and South Luzon from two hours to 20 minutes.

While the NLEX Connector España Section is progressing, the company will start building the next 3-km elevated section between España Interchange and the vicinity of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Sta. Mesa, Manila within the year.

Once completed, the NLEX Connector will have four toll plazas and interchanges in C3 and España.

It is expected to serve 35,000 motorists daily and provide better access to Manila Ports and airports such as NAIA and Clark.

This will also enable faster transport of goods and services between Metro Manila and Luzon provinces.

Source: Manila Bulletin (