Stakeholders in the trucking industry laud the government for its commitment to speed up the construction of the 2.6-kilometer Radial Road 10 section of the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 from C3 Road in Caloocan City to R10 in Navotas City.


The NLEX Corporation and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction for the R10 section, which is the continuation of the 5.7-kilometer Segment 10, an elevated expressway traversing MacArthur Highway in Valenzuela City, Governor Pascual Avenue in Malabon City and C3 Road/5th Avenue in Caloocan City.


Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines (CTAP) chairman Rupert Bayocot expressed full support for the project and cited it as a welcome development that will certainly make a positive impact on trucking companies and their clients. The NLEX Harbor Link’s R10 section is seen to advance transport logistics and facilitate efficient delivery of goods with the direct and quick access between NLEX and Manila Port.


“We’re glad this project is becoming a reality. Extending NLEX to R10 will be a big help to our business. The direct routes between provinces in Central and North Luzon and the CAMANAVA area will make transport of goods easier and faster,” said Mario Yap, president of CTAP, president of Manila North Harbor Truckers Association, and owner of 88 Logistics Co.


Also backing the project, Manuel Dennis Carlos, president of Phil. Hattori Construction and Development Corp. noted that given the well-paved roads of NLEX, the Harbor Link will enable their drivers to meet the cut-off time for delivering the products to clients and further ensure that these products arrive in good condition.


“It will improve our turnaround time for deliveries not only within Metro Manila but also in the northern provinces,” said Carlos, adding that “trucks can just use the expressway to go in and out of the port area, decongesting major roads such as EDSA and C5.”


“Aside from allowing reduced travel time, infrastructure developments like this will aid us in expanding our market reach and provide quality service to our clients,” he said.


According to NLEX Corporation President and CEO Rodrigo Franco, the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 is envisioned to alleviate traffic congestion and help truckers and private motorists gain significant savings in vehicle operating costs.


“Travel time is cut by half as the elevated roadway will allow an average speed of 80kph and will offer better road pavement and efficient traffic management,” Franco pointed out, highlighting that “once the Harbor Link is completed, travel time from Manila Port to NLEX and back will be just 10 minutes.”


The R10 Section of the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 is the one of the latest additions to the Duterte administration’s “Build Build Build” infrastructure program after the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) issued the Notice to Proceed with the implementation of the project last July 19.