Delayed right-of-way acquisition takes a toll on NLEX Harbor Link
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government should deliver full right-of-way acquisition within the year to complete the construction of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link by December 2016, its builder and concessionaire said.
NLEX Harbor Link consists of Segments 9 and 10. Segment 9 directly connects Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City to MacArthur Highway in Valenzuela City, while Segment 10, upon completion, will start from MacArthur Highway and run through C3 or 5th Avenue in Caloocan City.
Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) President Ramoncito Fernandez told reporters Tuesday, July 21, that they already completed 15% of Segment 10, and that it opened Segment 9 in March.
“Even with right-of-way issues, we are targeting [to complete the whole NLEX] Harbor Link by December 2016,” Fernandez said.
Fernandez said the company started construction of NLEX Harbor Link in June 2014 even without 100% right-of-way delivery.
Delayed right-of-way acquisition is the reason MPTC moved its initial completion target, Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) president Rodrigo Franco said.
Its new completion target is about 7 months behind its initial estimate of the third quarter of this year.
"We’re already slightly delayed by a couple of months but the December 2016 completion target is still doable," Fernandez added.
"As of now, DOTC (Department of Transportation and Communications) and DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways) delivered 25% of right-of-way. We're hoping they can deliver the rest within the year," Franco told reporters.
Franco and Fernandez, however, are optimistic that the government will provide 100% right-of-way within the year so as not to further delay the project.
"We are confident that the government will deliver right-of-way within the year. All of us want it to be done by next year of course," Franco said.