You Can Drive from Quezon City to Manila in 15 Minutes (Even After GCQ)

The NLEX Harbor Link opens on Monday, June 15.

After almost 90 days in quarantine at home, we’re all dreading the return of the notorious Manila traffic once the general community quarantine is lifted. Fortunately for those who travel from Quezon City to Manila, it looks like driving time will be a breeze.

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Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar did the final inspection of the C3-R10 Section of NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 on Wednesday, June 10.  

“As promised, by June 15, NLEX Harbor Link will be completed. Travel time from Manila to Quezon Citywill be reduced to only 15 to 20 minutes,” Villar said.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar inspects the newly completed section of the NLEX Harbor Link.

Photo by DPWH.

The new 2.6-kilometer section provides direct access between R10 in Navotas City and NLEX. It 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.


Truckers and cargo haulers going to and from the Port of Manila from NLEX will benefit from this new segment, which 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 EDSA and Balintawak Toll Plaza. 

Two thousand construction workers resumed work in May to complete the project. 

The NLEX Harbor Link Project is under the government’s Build, Build, Build infrastructure program. It’s a project of the Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) with its subsidiary NLEX Corporation as the builder-concessionaire and operator. 

Check out this video of the new link. 


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