MANILA — While the general community quarantine (GCQ) is still in effect in Metro Manila, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to open the NLEX Harbor Link Segment early next week.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the undertaking, which will connect the Port Area in Manila to NLEX within 15 to 20 minutes, is the first project to be finished during GCQ.

“The NLEX Harbor Link Project is the first project to be completed this GCQ,” he said in his Facebook account on Saturday.

It was constructed within 20 months, the Segment 10 R10 Spur Link started construction on September 2018 and will be completed this June 15, 2020.

The PHP6.55-billion NLEX Harbor Link is one of the high impact projects of the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program.

It was undertaken by Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) with its subsidiary NLEX Corporation as the builder-concessionaire and operator.

Last week, Villar conducted a final inspection of the C3-R10 Section of NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10.

He said the completion of the 2.6-kilometer new section will provide direct access between R10 in Navotas City and NLEX.

The C3-R10 section of the NLEX Harbor Link also includes three exit off-ramps — Segment 10-C3 Ramp to Caloocan City, Dagat-Dagatan Ramp to Malabon City, and C3-R10 Ramp to Navotas City.

Villar said that motorists including truckers or cargo haulers going to and from the port of Manila and NLEX are expected to benefit from C3-R10 section’s opening as it extends the existing 5.65-kilometer NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 that passes through Karuhatan, Valenzuela City, Governor Pascual Avenue in Malabon City, and 5th Avenue/C3 Road, Caloocan City bypassing the busy Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) and Balintawak Toll Plaza. (PNA)