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P17 billion connector road proposal accepted by DPWH
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has accepted the unsolicited proposal submitted by Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corporation (MPTDC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), for the P17 billion Connector Road project.
The Connector Road Project involves the construction of a 13.2-kilometer elevated road linking the North Luzon Expressway to the South Luzon Expressway.
MPTC said the road will run along the Philippine National Railway tracks within the Manila Central Business District, from the end of NLEX at C3 to the beginning of Skyway 1 at Buendia and is projected to start in 2012 after Segments 9 and 10 are completed.
DPWH Secretary Victor A. Domingo signed the acceptance of the unsolicited proposal of MPTDC to construct, manage and operate the Connector Road during the opening ceremony of Segment 8.1 which was attended by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and MPTC chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan.
"We are please that DPWH has accepted the unsolicited proposal of MPTDC, in line with their mandate to develop the infrastructure of the rapid growing area of North Luzon," said Pangilinan. He said, "The Connectore Project will provide the efficient transport of people and goods through congested urban areas and reduce travel time between NLEX and SLEX to twenty minutes."
"The Connector Road is a much-awaited urban expressway project that will solve the traffic congestion and change the landscape of Metro Manila," said MPTC president Ramon S. Fernando.
He said, "it is planned to be a legacy infrastructure in the heart of the city that will utilize the hollow core technology - a new construction system for elevated structures which are proven to be safe and efficient methods of construction."