THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said the Malabon Exit of the 2.6-kilometer C3-R10 Section of the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10, will be open to motorists beginning Feb. 21

Public Works Secretary Mark A. Villar told reporters Friday that the ramp from the new Caloocan Interchange, C3 Road in Caloocan City to Dagat-Dagatan Avenue will officially open next week, Feb. 21.

He said the entire 2.6-kilometer C3-R10 Section, which will connect to NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10, is expected to be operational by next month.

The 5.65-kilometer NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 is an elevated toll road that passes through Karuhatan, Valenzuela City, Governor Pascual Avenue in Malabon City, and 5th Avenue/C3 Road in Caloocan City.

Reporters were in Caloocan City on Friday to witness the final inspection of the C3 to Dagat-Dagatan segment led by Mr. Villar and officials of the NLEX Corp. This segment, Mr. Villar said, will serve as an alternate corridor for vehicles bound for the port area from NLEX.

NLEX Corp. Senior Vice-President for Communication Romulo S. Quimbo, Jr. has said that about 20,000 vehicles are expected to benefit from the alternative ramp.

“We are making sure that all the safety features of the expressway are in place before we open it to the public,” Mr. Villar said.

Once fully completed by March, travel time from Port Area to NLEx will fall to 10 minutes, according to Mr.Villar.

For his part, NLEX Chief Operating Officer Raul L. Ignacio said: “We are anticipating that truckers and freight forwarders will greatly benefit from this new road since their cargo trucks will have 24/7 access, and in turn translate to faster delivery of goods to and from the provinces in North and Central Luzon.” — Arjay L. Balinbin