I’m posting this from Pampanga. Wherein I just took the new Mindanao Avenue connection to the North Luzon Expressway or as it is fondly known now as the NLEX.
From Makati I drove down Edsa till the end and turned right in SM City North Edsa and Trinoma. And at the first corner I turned left at Mindanao Avenue. I drove down Mindanao Avenue and eventually found signs that said it was going to Meycauyan (one of the stops on the NLEX). But basically, you just have to find signs that say NLEX (North Luzon Expressway).
What normally took me around an hour and a half to get to (San Fernando, Pampanga) now only took one hour. This new road will save you as much as half an hour of travel time! Am going to take it going back to Makati, Metro Manila later. Let’s see how much time it saves me. :)
Okay, just got back. Took the exit that said going to Novaliches. Just anticipate it a bit, because there is a concrete barrier which prevents you from cutting into the lane at the last moment. Start looking out for it right after Valenzuela.
Once you do exit, follow the signs that point towards Novaliches. When you get to the end of the Mindanao Ave.(there’s a McDonalds on the right), you can chooose to turn right to go to Edsa or turn left to pass through C5. I don’t know if Tandang Sora has already been widened to accept this new influx of traffic. You can also just pass through UP using the stud farm (yes, horses).
I chose to turn right towards Edsa. Had to make a U-turn under the elevated MRT rail. Eventually they should put some sort of cloverleaf or bypass here because a lot of time was wasted making that U-turn.
All in all I’m satisfied with this Mindanao Ave. bypass. Kudos to the Gloria administration for surprising us with another well planned road construction.
Now I’m just waiting for them to open the SLEX (South Luzon Expressway) connection to the STAR Tollway (Southern Tagalog Arterial Road). (It did, and it’s awesome sauce.)
Now I’m just waiting for the TPLEX (Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway) to open up, lol. Target 2013, it seems. :)