CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — Motorists, commuters, and truckers bound for the cities of Malabon, Caloocan, and Navotas — who currently face the daily traffic gridlock of Metro Manila — are set to enjoy some relief with the formal opening of the Malabon Exit of the C3-R10 Section of the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark A. Villar led on Friday (Feb. 21) the inaugural drive-through for the formal opening of Malabon Exit, which reduces the travel time from North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) to Malabon, Caloocan, and Navotas to 10 minutes from the usual 30 minutes to almost one hour due to the heavy traffic in these areas.
With Villar during the inaugural ride were NLEX Corp. officials led by president and general manager J. Luigi L. Bautista, Malabon Mayor Antolin Oreta III, and Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan.
Villar said some 30,000 motorists per day would benefit from the new road once the entire Harbor Link C3-R10 Section is completed, helping reduce travel time for the traffic-weary public, providing more turnaround trips for the trucking sector, and growing businesses for merchants and local communities.
“In the meantime, we are opening this new Malabon Exit to provide immediate relief from the daily bumper-to-bumper traffic in the Camanava area, especially along the C3 Road. The entire 2.6-km. C3-R10 Section will be operational by March,” he said.
Bautista, on the other hand, said the NLEX Corp. is committed to supporting the government’s aim to alleviate traffic congestion in Metro Manila through high-impact infrastructure projects, such as the NLEX Harbor Link, which improves commuter mobility between airports, seaports, and growth corridors in both the north and south.
“We are cognizant of the government’s desire to find quick solutions to the traffic problem in Metro Manila. That is why aside from expediting the completion of the entire project, we have also rationalized our construction sequence and resource planning to accommodate the early opening of this Malabon Exit,” said Bautista.
He said the tollway company decided to open the Malabon Exit a month before the whole NLEX Harbor Link C3-R10 Section is completed in response to the clamor of motorists for immediate relief from heavy traffic along the Camanava area.
“The partnership of NLEX and DPWH is forever and the opening of this NLEX Harbor Link Malabon Exit is anticipated for public use,” Bautista said.
The Malabon Exit is part of the 2.6-km. elevated NLEX Harbor Link C3-R10 Section between the new Caloocan Interchange in C3 Road, Caloocan City to Radial Road 10, Navotas City, connecting the previously opened 5.65-km. NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 that traverses Karuhatan, Valenzuela City, Governor Pascual Avenue in Malabon City, and 5th Avenue/C3 Road, Caloocan City.
Aside from significantly easing up the daily traffic congestion and serving as an alternative route to Dagat-Dagatan Avenue, the Malabon Exit also aims to open up development potentials in the area.
“Beyond providing safe and hassle-free daily travel, this new exit intends to further unlock the tourism and business potentials of Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and neighboring cities,” Bautista noted, adding that “NLEX is aiming to create an enabling business environment and bring in more opportunities to CAMANAVA.”
“This new Malabon Exit also ignited optimism for the future of the City of Malabon. We are happy with the opening of the Malabon Exit, which will definitely decongest traffic and improve the accessibility of our city from those coming from the North and Central Luzon areas,” Oreta said.
The NLEX Harbor Link is one of the high-impact projects of the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program.
Also present during the event were Navotas Vice Mayor Clint Geronimo, Malabon Vice Mayor Bernard Dela Cruz, and some DPWH and NLEX officials. (RONDA BALITA Online)