The North Luzon Expressway (NLE or NLEx), formerly called North Diversion Road, is a limited-access toll expressway that connects Metro Manila to the provinces of the Central Luzon region in the Philippines. It is one of the two branches of the R-8 major radial road of Metro Manila (Quirino Highway is the other).
The expressway begins in Quezon City at a cloverleaf interchange with EDSA: a logical continuation of Andres Bonifacio Avenue. It then passes through Quezon City, Caloocan City, and Valenzuela City in Metro Manila. Meycauayan, Marilao, Bocaue, Balagtas, Guiguinto, Plaridel, and Pulilan in Bulacan. San Simon, City of San Fernando, Mexico and Angeles City in Pampanga. The expressway currently ends at Mabalacat and merges with the MacArthur Highway, which continues northward into the rest of Central and Northern Luzon.
A planned spur route from the San Simon interchange connecting to the existing Subic-Tipo Highway has been temporarily postponed, because the Spur/NLE exit currently serves as the connection between the expressway and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway and there is a proposed direct interchange between the North Luzon Expressway and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, the latter serving as a direct link between Subic and Clark. The interchange is located at least 3 km north of Sta. Ines Exit.
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 the Lopez Group of Companies. 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 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. Class 1 vehicles can use an electronic toll collection system (called EC Tag) to reduce wait times and congestion at toll barriers. A prepaid magnetic card (the NLE Badge) is provided as an alternative payment for class 2 and 3 vehicles. Both systems connect to accounts that can be replenished in various ways. Travelers not using EC Tag or the NLE Badge on the closed system will instead be issued tickets describing tolls for the various exits. In order to save costs concerning toll barriers at exits, many exits on the NLEx are parclo interchanges, having exit and entrance ramps running alongside each other so that both may be serviced with a single toll barrier.
(Cars, Motorcycles, SUVs, Jeepneys)
|PhP 38||PhP 2.20/km|
(Buses, Light Trucks)
|PhP 94||PhP 5.49/km|
|PhP 113||PhP 6.59/km|
The program started on February 12, 2007 and finished on October 7, 2007.
|9||Balintawak Cloverleaf Exit||Quezon City||Southbound traffic defaults onto Andres Bonifacio Avenue. Going right is going to Manila, Navotas, and Malabon and going left is going to Quezon City proper, Marikina City, San Juan City, Mandaluyong City, and Makati City.|
|10||Novaliches Exit||This exit is only situated at Baguio Bound only. It is an alternate route to other parts of Quezon City and Bulacan province. From SM North Edsa (EDSA) please take the service road.|
|KM 11||Balintawak Toll Barrier Northbound||Caloocan City||Proceeding northbound, motorists pay the open system toll at this barrier. If the motorist exits on or before Bocaue Exit, it will encounter no further barriers. Beyond this, motorists enter the closed system and will pay the closed system's toll at the toll barrier for their exit. There is a runaway truck ramp next to the toll barrier.|
|15||Valenzuela Exit||Valenzuela City||The new name for Malinta Exit. Left goes to Valenzuela City proper. Right goes to Novaliches in Quezon City and Caloocan City.|
|KM 16 Southbound||Caltex Service Area||This service area has only with a convenience store and 3 restrooms. The tollway plaza here never existed.|
|18||Lawang Bato Exit||This is only a temporary exit. This will be replaced by the U/C Canumay Exit. It is situated at the northbound lane only.|
|20||Meycauayan Exit||Meycauayan City, Bulacan||From Manila, left goes to Obando and to Meycauayan City proper. Right lane goes to Barangays Libtong and Iba.|
|KM 22 Northbound||Petron Service Station||Marilao, Bulacan|
|23||Marilao Exit||From Manila, right goes to San Jose del Monte City. Left goes to Marilao town proper.|
|KM 26 Southbound||Bocaue Toll Barrier||Bocaue, Bulacan||Proceeding on the southbound lane, motorists pay the toll for both the closed and open systems at this barrier. This makes it the last toll barrier that motorists encounter southbound, regardless of where motorists exit beyond this point.|
|27||Bocaue Exit||This is the last exit on the open system. The closed system begins North of here.|
|KM 29 Southbound||Petron Service Area|
|KM 31 Northbound||Shell Service Area||Balagtas, Bulacan|
|32||Tabang Exit||The Tabang Spur Road entrance/exit. The entrance is only situated on the Northbound lanes.|
|KM 36||Tabang Toll Barrier||Guiguinto, Bulacan||This leads to Malolos City, Bulacan.|
|38||Santa Rita Exit||Left goes to Sta. Rita town proper, Malolos City, and Tabang toll barrier. Right goes to Plaridel town proper, Baliuag, and Cagayan Valley Region.|
|45||Pulilan Exit||Pulilan, Bulacan||Between here and the Total Service Area is the Candaba Viaduct, a 5 km long trestle over the Candaba swamps.|
|KM 48||Candaba Viaduct||Candaba, Pampanga||A 5 km long brige over the Candaba swamps, the longest brige in NLEX and Luzon.|
|KM 55 Northbound||Total Service Area||San Simon, Pampanga|
|57||San Simon Exit||The road at left of the exit heads to Masantol, the road at the right the of the exit heads to Santa Ana and Candaba.|
|KM 62 Southbound||Caltex Service Area||City of San Fernando, Pampanga|
|65||San Fernando Exit||This exits to the Olongapo-Gapan road. Bataan and Olongapo are to the west, Gapan to the east. Noteworthy are SM City Pampanga and Robinson Starmills Pampanga--both immediately east of the exit and visible from the expressway.|
|KM 70 Northbound||Petron Service Area||Mexico, Pampanga|
|72||Mexico Exit||Left goes to Barangays Panipuan and Sindalan of the City of San Fernando. Right goes to Mexico town proper and the Lakeshore Estates.|
|KM 76 Southbound||Shell Service Area|
|80||Angeles Exit||Angeles City, Pampanga||This exit is the alternate route to Clark Special Economic Zone proper and Diosdado Macapagal International Airport via Mt. View Subdivision in Balibago, Angeles City.|
|KM 82||Dau Toll Barrier||Mabalacat, Pampanga|
|83||Dau Exit||This exit goes to Barangay Dau and its large bus terminal and commercial center.|
|85||Spur/NLE Exit||This exit goes to the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, Clark Special Economic Zone Proper, Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, Bataan province and Subic Bay Freeport Zone.|
|88||Santa Ines Exit||This is the current end of the expressway, with the possibility of the expressway being from this exit in a northeast direction until it meets up with the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway. Right goes to Mabalacat Town proper and left goes to the Concepcion-Magalang Road.|
|13||C-5 Exit||Valenzuela City||The exit will connect the expressway with the proposed northern extension of C-5 Road.|
|18||Canumay Exit||This exit will replace the Lawang Bato Temporary Exit.|
|24||NLE-C6 Interchange||Bulacan-Rizal-Manila-Cavite Regional Expressway, Marilao, Bulacan||This is an interchange with the proposed C6 Expressway.|
|?||Skyway: Balintawak Exit Ramp||Quezon City||This exit takes the motorists to the proposed northern extension of Metro Manila Skyway which travels over A. Bonifacio Avenue, some roads in Metro Manila and further into the South Luzon Expressway, this may have few exits and therefore a faster route.|
|?||NLE-NELE Interchange||Plaridel, Bulacan||This is an interchange with the proposed provincial spur road of North East Luzon Expressway.|
|?||SCTE-NLE Interchange||Mabalacat, Pampanga||This will serve as the direct connection between the expressway and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway.|