Motorists should load up on patience because traffic jams will worsen when construction of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) expressway starts this month.
Malacañang on Wednesday announced that the country’s largest conglomerate, San Miguel Corp. (SMC), paid the government P11 billion for the construction, operation and maintenance of a 4-lane, 7.75-km elevated expressway, and a 2.22-km feeder road that will start from the Skyway.
The expressway will connect the three airport terminals to the casino complexes near Manila Bay.
Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said construction of the NAIA expressway will start “sometime in June.”
Lacierda said concerned government agencies will come out with a traffic re-routing plan, adding, “the President has always emphasized that we should try to minimize or mitigate the inconvenience to our motorists.”
Lacierda said the expressway will be done in two phases. The second phase of the project will be finished in time for the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit which will be held in the Philippines.
“This will connect Terminals 1 and 2 through an elevated tollway structure to Roxas [Boulevard] and the Pagcor [Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.] Entertainment City,” he said.
“Hopefully, the expectation is before APEC, that will be completed,” he said.
The NAIA expressway is the second big-ticket infrastructure project bidded out under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme that the Aquino government launched in 2010. The first was the P2 billion 4-km Daang Hari-SLEx road that was awarded to the Ayala group in 2011.