This section will connect the southbound motorists from North Luzon Expressway via NLEX Segment 10 and the newly constructed Package 1 of Connector Road exiting the southbound ramps along Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard in Manila. The Connector Road Package 2, which is set to be finished in February 2023, will connect to the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 and complete the North to South Luzon Expressway loop.
SMEC carried out the detailed engineering design services for the project, harmonizing the design and construction methodology with the adjacent North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR), another major infrastructure undertaking in the Philippines. The two projects will be built on the shared corridor of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) right of way.
The NLEX-SLEX Connector Road is approximately 8 km of all elevated 4-lane toll expressway extending the NLEX southward from the end of Segment 10 in C3 Road, Caloocan City to the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in Sta. Mesa, Manila. It connects to the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 Project and mostly traverses along the PNR rail track. The project includes two interchanges located at C3 Road/5th Avenue in Caloocan and España Boulevard in Manila.
The project is expected to:
- Stimulate development in the cities of Manila, Caloocan, Malabon and Navotas, as well as its surrounding areas, decongesting Metro Manila traffic
- Provide better access to the North Harbor port in Manila and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila and Clark International Airport in Pampanga, giving trucks with a 24/7 alternative route
- Benefit at least 35,000 motorists/vehicles per day and reduce travel time between SLEX in Alabang and NLEX in Balintawak from 1.5-2 hours to just 15-20 minutes
The NLEX-SLEX Connector Road Project is under a concessionaire agreement with NLEX Corporation and the Department of Public Works and Highways. NLEX Corporation, which has been working with SMEC on various road and highway projects since 2010, is part of the Metro Pacific Group which also manages expressway and toll operations all over the country.