MANILA, Philippines – Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar on Monday was confident that the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway Project will be accomplished within the first 100 days of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.
“We are in the process of doing safety checks. With the help of [the Department of Transportation], we are confident that the public would soon be able to access a key phase of the NAIA Expressway Project within the first 100 days of President Rodrigo R. Duterte,” Villar said in a released statement.
Villar said he is positive access to the NAIA Expressway Phase 2 will improve the traffic situation at the domestic and international airport complex in Pasay City. The project is a 7.75-kilometer elevated four-way expressway and 2.22 kilometer at-grade road project connecting Macapagal Boulevard to NAIA Terminals 1 and 2.
The NAIA expressway would traverse Sales Avenue, Andrews Avenue, Parañaque River, MIAA Road and Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard and is expected to provide easy access to and from NAIA Terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4.
“Passenger traffic at NAIA has an average annual growth rate of 9.5 percent. The cost of congestion per day in Metro Manila is P2.4 billion. We are keen in ensuring that the chronic traffic congestion at the vicinity of the airport is solved almost immediately,” Villar said.
DPWH said the NAIA Expressway that would interface with the South Luzon Expressway through Sales Interchange, Manila Cavite Toll Expressway (CAVITEX), and Macapagal Boulevard is also expected to significantly reduce average travel time between Skyway/SLEX and NAIA Terminal 1 from approximately 24.3 minutes to 8.2 minutes and will benefit 80,000 travelers per day.
To date, DPWH said the overall progress of civil works activities is about 79 percent with the Parañaque River alignment already completed. On the other hand, a total of 16 off- and on-ramps are being constructed along strategic locations at Villamor Airbase, Resorts World, NAIA Terminal 3, MIAA Road, Imelda Avenue, CAVITEX, Seaside Drive and Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard.
The NAIA Expressway project worth P17.9 billion was awarded to conglomerate San Miguel Corporation through its subsidiary and concession firm Vertex Tollways Development Inc. with civil works contractor D.M. Consunji, Inc. (DMCI) in partnership with Design Science Inc. and Pertconsult International.
DMCI said the NAIA Expressway package 2A and 2B were supposed to be completed by June 2016 and before yearend, respectively. —Rosette Adel