The rehabilitation of the Magsaysay Boulevard will start next month as part of the construction of the NLEX Connector Sta. Mesa section.
The project will involve the redevelopment of the existing eastbound and westbound service roads, improvement of Philippine National Railways (PNR) railroad crossing, relocation of electric posts, and decommissioning of the Magsaysay flyover.
Construction work will be done in phases with temporary lane closures commencing at the road going to Legarda, Manila up to the road going to Cubao, Quezon City.
“The redevelopment project and the NLEX Connector both aim to ease traffic in the metro and improve the flow of vehicles in its surrounding areas,” said NLEX president and general Manager J. Luigi L. Bautista.
A minimum of three lanes per direction will remain open during daytime, while two lanes per direction will be available during nighttime. More information on the closures will be posted on various communication platforms of NLEX.
Once completed, the traffic flow at Magsaysay Boulevard is expected to greatly improve as it will have a new configuration of five lanes per direction and will be wider with 3.5 meters per lane, at par with the standards of the Department of Public Works and Highways.
The Magsaysay Boulevard currently has six lanes per direction with narrow lanes measuring 2.5 meters.
With the decommissioning of the Magsaysay Flyover, the connector mainline will be at the second level rather than at the fourth level thus ensuring safer and faster travel of all classes of vehicles particularly, Class 3 vehicles coming to and from the port areas.
The eight-kilometer NLEX Connector is estimated to benefit at least 35,000 vehicles per day and projected to improve the connectivity between airports and seaports.
It is also expected to cut travel time from NLEX to South Luzon Expressway to 20 minutes from the usual two hours, while Clark to Calamba will just be approximately one hour and 40 minutes instead of three hours.