What could be more frustrating than traffic slowing to a crawl due to road constructions? But think of it this way: the short-term pains will eventually lead to long-term gains. That’s the “Build Build Build” program in action. The government is currently building new roads that will solve the traffic in the country’s most congested roads.
Poor infrastructure in the Philippines, which leads to traffic congestion, may cost the country up to PHP 6 billion daily by 2030, based on a JICA report. This is why the government is now spending more on projects such as new roads, bridges, railways, and airports, among others.
Build Build Build is the priority infrastructure program of Rodrigo Duterte’s administration. The program is part of Dutertenomics, the government’s economic policies to achieve the “golden age of infrastructure” in the Philippines. It seeks to reduce poverty by attracting foreign investments, making transport of people and goods more efficient, and generating jobs. To date, the infrastructure program has created 100,000 jobs, according to Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar.
Part of the infrastructure program’s funding comes from the revenues generated from the TRAIN law implementation.
Here are some of the roads that will open in 2018 and beyond, meant to decongest major roads in the Philippines. This list includes new roads in Metro Manila and nearby provinces under the Build Build Build program, as well as other DPWH road projects, that motorists can look forward to in the coming years.
A priority project under the Build Build Build program, the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link Segment 10 will connect the MacArthur Highway in Valenzuela City to the C-3 Road in Caloocan City. The six-lane, 5.58-km elevated expressway will benefit 30,000 to 50,000 motorists daily.
Construction of the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 up to C-3 will finish this year. Meanwhile, the four-lane, 2.60-km section from C-3 to R-10 in Navotas City will open by the last quarter of 2019.
This Build Build Build road project will connect the C-3/5th Ave. Interchange in Caloocan City (at the end of NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10) to PUP Sta. Mesa, Manila. The four-lane, 8-km elevated expressway is built above the PNR rail tracks and expected to be used by over 35,000 vehicles daily.
To be constructed in 2019, the 8.35-km, four-lane expressway will start from Segment 8.1 on Mindanao Ave. up to Commonwealth Ave. in Quezon City, cutting travel time from 45 minutes to just 10 minutes. This new road will complete the entire NLEX Harbor Link Project and benefit 45,000 motorists daily.
The Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 is a six-lane, 17.54-km elevated expressway that will link the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) to NLEX from Buendia, Makati City to Balintawak, Quezon City. This new road will cut travel time from the South to the North of Metro Manila by as much as 88%.
For those who work and live in BGC and Ortigas, a new road linking these two major business districts will make daily commutes a lot easier. The Bonifacio Global City-Ortigas Center Link, a Build Build Build project, consists of a four-lane bridge across the Pasig River connecting Sta. Monica St. in Pasig to Lawton Ave. in Makati and a four-lane viaduct traversing Lawton Ave. to the entrance of BGC.
Part of the larger C-6 Expressway project, the 34-km, six-lane Southeast Metro Manila Expressway will run from Skyway/FTI in Taguig City to Batasan Complex in Quezon City.
The four-lane, 45.29-km Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALA-X) will link the Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX) in Kawit, Cavite to the SLEX-Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna. This Build Build Build project is seen to boost economic growth and investments in the Calabarzon region.
The Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEX) will link Tarlac City to Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija. The four-lane, 30-km expressway starts from the SCTEX-TPLEX connection in Balincanaway, Tarlac City to Caalibangbangan in Cabanatuan City. Some 11,200 motorists will benefit daily from this new road.
This new four-lane, 56.87-km road will connect Quezon province and SLEX, running from Sto. Tomas, Batangas to Tayabas/Lucena City, Quezon.
Which of these road projects will be the most helpful to you? Do you think new roads in the Philippines will lead to greater benefits in the future? Share your thoughts!