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|North Diversion Road
Marcelo H. del Pilar Superhighway
Map of expressways in Luzon, with the North Luzon Expressway in red
|Maintained by Tollways Management Corporation|
|Length:||84.0 km (52.2 mi)|
|South end:||N1 / AH26 (EDSA) / N160 (Bonifacio Avenue) in Balintawak Cloverleaf, Quezon City|
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The North Luzon Expressway (NLE or NLEx), formerly known as the North Diversion Road and Manila North Expressway (MNEX), is a 4 to 8-lane limited-access toll expressway that connects Metro Manila to the provinces of the Central Luzon region in the Philippines. It is a component of Expressway 1 (E1) of the Philippine expressway network and Radial Road 8 (R-8) of Metro Manila's arterial road network. It was built in the 1960s.
The expressway begins in Quezon City at the Balintawak Interchange with EDSA as a continuation of Bonifacio Avenue. It then passes through Caloocan and Valenzuela in Metro Manila, and the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga in Central Luzon. It currently ends at Mabalacat and merges with the MacArthur Highway, which continues northward into the rest of Central and Northern Luzon. There is a proposed direct interchange between the North Luzon Expressway and the Subic–Clark–Tarlac Expressway, and this will be located 3 km. north of its current terminus at Sta. Ines Exit. The segment between Santa Rita Exit in Guiguinto and the Balintawak Interchange in Quezon City is a part of the new alignment of the N1 (AH26).
The expressway, including Andres Bonifacio Avenue, has total length of 88 kilometers. The expressway segment has a length of 84 kilometres.
Originally controlled by the Philippine National Construction Corporation or PNCC, operation and maintenance of the NLEx was transferred in 2005 to the Manila North Tollways Corporation, a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (formerly, it was the subsidiary of the Lopez Group of Companies until 2008). A major upgrade and rehabilitation has been completed in February 2005 and the road has now similar qualities as a modern French tollway. The main contractor of the rehabilitation work was Leighton Contractors Pty. Ltd (Australia) with Egis Projects, a company belonging to the French Groupe Egis as the main subcontractor for the toll, telecommunication and traffic management systems. To help maintain the safety and quality of the expressway, various rules are in effect, such as restricting the left lane to passing vehicles only and banning overloaded trucks.
The original stretch of the expressway, from Balintawak Interchange up to Guiguinto Exit in Bulacan, was completed on August 4, 1968. It is a fully fenced limited-access highway that consists of a four-lane rural divided roadway, nine twin bridges, one railroad overpass, seven underpasses and three interchanges.
Originally a project of the Department of Public Works and Highways, the completion of the major portion of the job fell on CDCP to pioneer the toll concept of funding infrastructure. It was carried out under the private financing scheme provided by Republic Act 3741.
Additional work required by the government included the construction of the Balintawak - Novaliches Interchange Complex, the Tabang Interchange, and the approach road of the underpasses.
In 1976, the NLT extension, consisting of 50.9 km of concrete road, was built as part of a highways program of the International Bank for Reconstruction Development linking major urban centers to the production centers in the north. The project features a 4-lane limited-access highway with a five-kilometer Candaba Viaduct, a construction innovation utilizing precast beam system, 6 interchanges, 12 bridges, and overpass/underpass structures.
Starting 2003, it took under rehabilitation on the expressway. These include the widening of the Balintawak - Tabang segment from 6 to 8 lanes, Tabang - Sta. Rita segment from 4 to 6 lanes and the Sta. Rita - Sta. Ines retain the same number of lanes. Other projects include asphalt overlay, and demolition of old tollbooths (to see more of its projects, see North Luzon Expressway#Technical Information). It continued until February 2005 and operations and maintenance was transferred from the state-owned Philippine National Construction Corporation (PNCC) to Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC).
The North Luzon Expressway parallels MacArthur Highway from Quezon City to Mabalacat in Pampanga. It has 8 lanes from Balintawak Interchange to Balagtas Interchange, 6 lanes from Balagtas Interchange to San Fernando Exit, and 4 lanes from San Fernando to Sta. Ines Exit. The expressway is a physical continuation of Bonifacio Avenue. Electric power transmission, subtransmission, and distribution lines, operated by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and various distribution companies, respectively, line and cross most parts of the expressway, most notably the Hermosa-Balintawak transmission line from Smart Connect Interchange to San Fernando Exit (before 2011 however, the expressway's Pulilan-San Simon section is an exception because the said transmission line on this portion was located at Pulilan Regional Road in Pulilan and Calumpit, Bulacan and MacArthur Highway at the municipalities of Calumpit in Bulacan, Apalit, and San Simon, Pampanga, respectively) . The transmission and distribution lines that cross or intersect the expressway are Mexico-Balintawak at Santa Rita, Guiguinto, Bulacan and Santo Rosario, Santo Tomas, Pampanga, Hermosa-San Jose at Lalangan, Plaridel, Mexico-Hermosa at San Jose, San Fernando, Pampanga, and a 69kV line of Clark Electric Distribution Company at Clark Spur Road, Mabalacat.
The expressway begins in Quezon City at the Balintawak Interchange with EDSA. It then passes through Quezon City, Caloocan, and Valenzuela in Metro Manila, Meycauayan, Marilao, Bocaue, Balagtas, Guiguinto, Malolos, Plaridel, Pulilan, and Calumpit in Bulacan, Apalit, San Simon, Santo Tomas, San Fernando, Mexico, Angeles, and Mabalacat in Pampanga. The Candaba Viaduct carries NLEX above the Pampanga River. The expressway currently ends at Mabalacat and merges with the MacArthur Highway, which continues northward into the rest of Central and Northern Luzon.
Tabang Spur Road is a spur road which branches out of the main alignment of NLEX at Balagtas and proceeds to MacArthur Highway at Guiguinto Exit. The entire spur is located in Guiguinto. The Tabang Toll Plaza is situated near the end of this spur road.
The NLEx Segment 8.1 or the NLEX Mindanao Avenue Link is a four lane, 2.34 kilometer expressway that runs from Mindanao Avenue to the SMART Connect Interchange in Valenzuela City. This is an alternate route to NLEx from Manila. This segment opened to traffic on June 5, 2010. This segment is a part of C-5 Road North Extension.
The NLEx Segment 8.2 will connect NLEx segment 8.1 to the Congressional Avenue and Luzon Avenue. MNTC is ready to undertake its next road project called NLEX C-5 Link that will connect the north to the south via C-5, Rodrigo E. Franco, MNTC president announced Franco said the new project is an important section of the Manila North Expressway concession of MNTC. The 10.23-km NLEX C-5 Link will connect the NLEX main to C-5 through Mindanao Ave. Estimated cost is at ₱6.1 billion, inclusive of operating equipment and other facilities with commercial operations expected to begin by mid-2021.
Ramon S. Fernandez, MPTC president, said the project “represents MPTC’s continuing commitment in investing in projects that will promote economic development in both the urban areas and in the countryside.”
Earlier, MNTC completed a 2.7 km expressway that links the NLEX main to Mindanao Avenue with the country’s largest cloverleaf interchange called Smart Connect Interchange as its main feature.
When completed, NLEX C-5 Link will dramatically decongest traffic along Commonwealth Avenue and Quezon Avenue – the normal route of southbound motorists from northwest of Metro Manila. This will significantly cut down travel time and generate savings on fuel and vehicle wear and tear.
The NLEX Segment 9 or the NLEX Karuhatan Link is a four lane, 4.06 kilometer expressway that runs from the SMART Connect Interchange to MacArthur Highway. This segment opened to traffic on March 18, 2015 and a part of C-5 Road North Extension.
There are plans for a construction of an elevated road to connect North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).
The government has reportedly accepted an unsolicited proposal from Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corp. (MPTDC) to build the 13.24-kilometer road. MPTDC is a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC), which runs NLEX.
Known as the Connector Road project, the elevated expressway will have run over the Philippine National Railways tracks until terminating to the Skyway Stage 3 Interchange.
It will be connected in the north to Segment 10, which will soon be constructed through the cities of Caloocan and Valenzuela. In the south, it will be linked to the skyway near PUP in Sta. Mesa. Once completed, the Connector Road will have four entry and exit points: C-3 Road in Caloocan, España, Quirino Avenue in Manila and terminating through the Skyway Stage 3 Interchange in Sta, Mesa Manila. This project will be open to traffic on April 2021.
Construction of the project is estimated to cost ₱17 billion, but as an "all-elevated" structure, right-of-way acquisition shall be reduced to an estimated cost of only ₱2.41 billion. Construction is anticipated to start when NLEX Karuhatan Link and Segment 10 are complete.
Consists of three Segments with an approximate length of 58 km from San Simon, Pampanga to Dinalupihan, Bataan connecting to Segment 7 in Subic Freeport.
The tollway has two sections: an open section and a closed section. The open section (within Metro Manila) charges a flat toll based on vehicle class and is employed to reduce the number of toll barriers (and associated bottlenecks) within the metropolis. The closed section is distance-based, charging based on the class of vehicle and distance traveled. When the expressway was modernized, an electronic toll collection system was set up for Class 1 vehicles while prepaid magnetic cards were assigned to Class 2 and 3 vehicles to speed up transactions at toll booths. These have since been replaced by a unified ETC system operated by Easytrip Services Corporation. As of October 1, 2011, all tolls (as shown below) include the 12% Value-Added Tax (VAT).
(Cars, Motorcycles, SUVs, Jeepneys)
(Buses, Light Trucks)
The NLEX has 8 lanes, which has 4 lanes in both directions from the Balintawak to Burol segment, 6 lanes with 3 lanes for both directions on the Burol to San Fernando segment and 4 lanes with 2 lanes for both directions on the Tabang Spur and San Fernando to Santa Ines segment. Before the lane expansion project of 2016, there was even a part of the NLEX which consists of only 2 lanes, one for each direction. This segment is located after passing through the SCTEx Exit (Northbound) but has since been expanded into four lanes.
100 km/h for cars and jeepneys, 80 km/h for trucks and buses, and 60 km/h is the minimum for all classes of vehicles. Speed limits are strictly enforced via CCTV cameras and speed guns, and speeders are usually identified as soon as they hit the tollbooth.
The upgrade consisted of rebuilding of roads and building new toll plazas. Launched in the beginning of 2003 and completed in February 2005, the roadway now has modern features explained above.
The entire stretch of the expressway underwent another rehabilitation regarding its drainage systems. The expressway is known to be flooded during the rainy season and the goal of the project is to fix the drainage systems within the road to prevent flooding. Within this period, certain lanes of the road were closed to the traffic. This in turn caused massive traffic jams along the road and the speed limit on the construction sites were reduced from 80/100 km/h to 60 km/h.
The program started on 12 February 2007 and finished on 7 October 2007.
Exit numbers are based on kilometer post. Exits begin at 9 because the NLEx is a logical continuation of Andres Bonifacio Avenue. Rizal Park is designated as Kilometer Zero.
|Metro Manila||Quezon City||9||5.6||Balintawak Cloverleaf||N1 (EDSA) / AH26 – Cubao||South end of AH26 concurrency. Southern terminus. Continues south as Bonifacio Avenue (N160). Link with the future Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3.|
|9||5.6||N127 (Quirino Highway)||Northbound exit and southbound entrance.|
|Caloocan||10||6.2||Libis Baesa Exit||Libis, Baesa||Southbound exit only.|
|10||6.2||Balintawak toll plaza (Easytrip, cash payments. Northbound only)|
|Valenzuela||11||6.8||11||Smart Connect Interchange||E5 (NLEX Mindanao Avenue/Karuhatan Link) – Mindanao Avenue, Valenzuela||Cloverleaf interchange|
|15||9.3||15||Paso de Blas Exit (Valenzuela Exit)||Paso de Blas, Valenzuela||Diamond interchange|
|16||9.9||Petron (Valenzuela NLEX southbound) service area|
|17||11||17||Lawang Bato Exit||Lawang Bato||Northbound exit only
Future for Canumay Exit.
|Central Luzon||Bulacan||Meycauayan||20||12||20||Meycauayan Exit||Meycauayan||Folded diamond interchange|
|Marilao||23||14||23||Marilao Exit||Marilao||Folded diamond / Four ramp parclo interchange|
|Marilao||24||15||NLEX-C6 Interchange||Links to the proposed C6 expressway. Interchange type not yet known.|
|Bocaue||26||16||Northbound exit only. Temporarily used exit to Ciudad de Victoria|
|28||17||Bocaue toll plaza (Easytrip, cash payments. Southbound only). North end of barrier toll system. Start of closed road toll system.|
|28||17||27||Bocaue Exit||Bocaue, Santa Maria||Folded diamond interchange|
|30||19||Petron (Bocaue NLEX southbound)|
|Balagtas||30||19||Balagtas-NFEx Interchange||Unopened Interchange. Construction temporarily stopped in 2011 due to the delays in developing the site of the project.|
|31||19||Shell (Balagtas NLEX northbound)|
|32||20||32||Tabang Exit||Tabang, Guiguinto, Malolos||Half-Y interchange. Northbound exit and southbound entrance.|
|33||21||34||Balagtas Interchange||Balagtas||Half-Y interchange. Northbound exit and southbound entrance.|
|Guiguinto||36||22||NLEx-NLEEx Interchange||Links to the proposed provincial spur road of North Luzon East Expressway. Interchange type not yet known|
|37||23||Shell of Asia (northbound) service area|
|38||24||38||Santa Rita Exit||Plaridel, Baliuag, Cabanatuan||Folded diamond interchange. North end of AH26 concurrency.|
|Pulilan||45||28||45||Pulilan Exit||Pulilan, Calumpit,||Diamond interchange.|
|Candaba Swamp||Candaba Viaduct|
|Pampanga||San Simon||56||35||56||San Simon Exit||San Simon, Santo Tomas||Diamond interchange|
|San Fernando||62||39||Caltex (San Fernando NLEX southbound) service area|
|65||40||65||San Fernando Pampanga's Best Exit||San Fernando, Olongapo, Mexico, Gapan||Half-partial cloverleaf and half-diamond interchange. Access to SM City Pampanga and Sky Ranch Pampanga.|
|Mexico||71||44||Petron (Mexico NLEX northbound) service area|
|72||45||72||Mexico Exit||Mexico||Trumpet interchange.|
|Angeles||81||50||81||Angeles Exit||Angeles, Magalang||Trumpet interchange. Access to Marquee Mall.|
|82||51||Angeles toll barrier (demolished)|
|Pampanga||Mabalacat||83||52||83||Dau Exit||Dau, Mabalacat||Trumpet interchange|
|85||53||85||SCTEX Exit||E1 / E4 (SCTEX) – Clark Airport, Tarlac City, Baguio, Subic||Half T/Half Trumpet/Half Y interchange. Route transition from E1 to E5. Northbound exit and southbound entrance.|
|87||54||Santa Ines toll plaza (Easytrip, cash payments, from March 18, 2016)|
|88||55||88||Santa Ines Exit||Clark Airport, Baguio (via Concepcion), Luisita||Northern end of expressway|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
|Quezon City||N128 (Mindanao Avenue)||East end of expressway. Link to the future NLEX Segment 8.2.|
|Mindanao Avenue toll plaza (Easytrip, cash payments. Westbound only)|
|Valenzuela||Smart Connect Interchange||E1 (NLEX) – Manila, Baguio||Cloverleaf interchange with collector lanes|
|Karuhatan toll plaza (Easytrip, cash payments. Eastbound only)|
|N1 (MacArthur Highway)||West end of expressway. Link to the future NLEX Segment 10.|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
The entire route is located in Guiguinto, Bulacan..
|N1 (MacArthur Highway)||West End of Tabang Spur Road. End of expressway|
|Tabang toll plaza (Easytrip, cash payments. Westbound and Eastbound)|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
All of these exits are still pending construction.
|Kilometer No.||Exit||Interchange type||Location||Remarks|
|17||Canumay Exit||Valenzuela||This exit will replace the Lawang Bato Temporary Exit.|
|24||NLEx–C6 Interchange||Marilao, Bulacan||This is an interchange with the proposed C-6 Expressway.|
|30||Balagtas-North Food Exchange Exit||Balagtas, Bulacan||This exit will serve as a direct access to the North Food Exchange Complex and to the town of Balagtas, Bulacan. The construction was temporarily stopped in 2011 due to the delays in developing the site of the project.|
|36||NLEx–NLEEx Interchange||This is an interchange with the proposed provincial spur road of North Luzon East Expressway.|
|TBD||Clark International Airport Exit||Pampanga||This will be an exit leading to Clark International Airport in Angeles.|
|TBD||NLEX–SCTEX Interchange||Trumpet||Pampanga||This will serve as the direct connection between the expressway and North Luzon Expressway. It will soon demolish the toll Plaza in Santa Ines. when completed.|
NLEx Segment 10
|Manila North Harbor Exit||Caloocan (South)||This will be an entry to Manila North Harbor and Skyway via Skyway Stage 3 or NLEX Segment 11 (NLEx-SLEx Connector Road)|
NLEx Segment 10
|C-3 Exit Ramp||This will be an Entry/Exit Ramp in C-3 Road, Grace Park, Caloocan|
|TBD||C-3-Caloocan Interchange||Directional T|
NLEx Segment 10
|Malabon Exit Ramp||This will be an Entry/Exit Ramp in C-3 Road, Dagat-Dagatan Ave., Caloocan|
NLEx Segment 10
|Navotas Interchange||Directional T||Navotas|
|TBD||NLEX–SLEX Connector: España Exit Ramp||Manila||This will be an Entry/Exit Ramp in España Boulevard, Sampaloc, Manila. This exit takes the motorists to the proposed northern extension of Metro Manila Skyway which travels over the C-2 Road, some portion of the Osmeña Highway and further into the South Luzon Expressway, this may have few exits and therefore a faster route.|
|TBD||NLEX–SLEX Connector: Rizal Avenue Exit Ramp||This will be an Entry/Exit Ramp in Rizal Avenue, Santa Cruz, Manila. This exit takes the motorists to the proposed northern
extension of Metro Manila Skyway which travels over the C-2 Road, some portion of the Osmeña Highway and further into the South Luzon Expressway, this may have few exits and therefore a faster route.
NLEx Segment 8.2
|Regalado Toll Plaza||Quezon City||This toll plaza is located at NLEx Segment 8.2. It will soon replace the toll Plaza in Mindanao Avenue when completed|
NLEx Segment 8.2
|Congressional/Luzon Avenue Exit||(End of Expressway)||This Exit is the end of NLEx Segment 8.2/NLEX–C5 Link, goes to the C-5 Congressional/Luzon Avenue.|
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