Its progress continues between the Harbor Link-Caloocan Interchange along C3 Road/5th Avenue and España Boulevard in Sampaloc, Manila. This section of the segment, which is currently being built inside the Philippine National Railways tracks, will be having on- and off-ramps in the España Interchange, therefore, providing seamless access to NLEX for those motorists residing in Manila.
As based on DPWH Secretary Mark Villar’s progress report, the ongoing project is now 35% complete. By June 2021, construction of the remaining 3 km stretch between Espana Interchange and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in Sta. Mesa shall commence.
Once the entire 8-km road has been accomplished, the NLEX Connector shall serve as a direct link for truckers going to the Port of Manila, to the south of the metro, or vice versa, as the elevated toll road will seamlessly connect Harbor Link and Skyway. Moreover, the DPWH stated that a 20-minute travel time between NLEX and SLEX is possible combined with the benefits of the recently-opened Skyway Stage 3. The extension is almost complete, and Villar is confident that they will be able to accomplish the project by year's end.