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NAIA Expressway to be operational 2015




Posted on July 21, 2014


A 7.15-KILOMETER expressway project that would connect the three terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) with a casino complex is expected to be operational by April 2015, as the government speeds up ongoing work on the remaining eight ramps.

San Miguel Corp., through unit Optimal Infrastructure Development, Inc. (OIDI), won the contract in May 2013 to build and operate the P15.52-billion NAIA Expressway Phase 2 project.

OIDI offered an upfront fee of P11 billion on top of the P15.86-billion project cost, surpassing the P305 million proposed by Manila North Tollways Corp.

“There are ongoing works on eight ramps, hopefully the expressway will be ready before April of next year,” Deputy Executive Director Sherry Ann N. Austria of the Public-Private Partnership Center said on the sidelines of a forum in Pasay City on Friday, July 18.

Ms. Austria said the government has set up a technical working group with the Office of the Solicitor General and is in coordination with that group to fast-track the acquisition of right of way.

The 7.15-kilometer, four-lane NAIA Expressway project is seen as a strategic component of the Metro Manila Urban Expressway System. This system will be developed around the metro’s existing network of expressways.

The route of the proposed expressway is seen to provide access to NAIA Terminals 1, 2 and 3, linking them to the Skyway in the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) and the Manila-Cavite Expressway (Cavitex). This route is expected to ease vehicle flow to and from the airport as it will connect the three terminals of the NAIA Complex.

It will start from the existing Skyway, pass through Sales Avenue, Andrews Avenue, Domestic Road and NAIA Road, with entry and exit ramps to Roxas Boulevard, Macapagal Boulevard and Pagcor City.

The Expressway project will also develop the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.’s (PAGCOR) Entertainment City along the Manila Bay reclamation area.

The project covers a 30-year concession period starting from the road’s construction. Toll fees for the first two years of operation have been pegged at P35-P45, with adjustments allowed every two years. -- Chrisee Jalyssa V. Dela Paz