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2 road projects operational mid-2015

San Miguel Corporation-led concessionaire of Metro Manila’s two major road projects has assured that public could expect some ease in traffic congestion by the middle of next year.

Manuel Bonoan, Skyway O&M Corporation (SOMCO) president, said the first phase of Skyway Stage 3 and Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) expressway Phase 2 will be operational within the second half of 2015.

Bonoan said the first phase of Skyway extension project includes exiting road alignments over Buendia in Makati and Quirino near Plaza Dilao in Paco, Manila.

“We are required to deliver the first phase—from Buendia to Plaza Dilao—by mid of next year and it would be operational by then,” Bonoan said during the Economic Journalists Association of the Philippines (EJAP) and San Miguel Business Journalism Seminar in Baguio City.

The Skyway Stage 3 project, which costs P26.7 billion, is a 14.8-kilometer, six-lane elevated expressway that will connect the end of the Skyway in Buendia, Makati to Balintawak in Quezon City.

Once completed by June, 2016, Skyway 3 will have eight access points over Buendia, Quirino, Nagtahan, Aurora Boulevard, E. Rodriguez, Quezon Avenue, Sgt. Rivera and Balintawak, which is expected to help ease traffic in Metro Manila.

Skyway 3 will be the link of South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) to the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX).

Meanwhile, Bonoan also revealed that NAIA expressway phase 2 project is likely to be completed by the middle of next year, providing access to NAIA Terminals 1, 2, and 3 as well as linking the Skyway in SLEX and the Manila-Cavite Toll Expressway (Cavitex).

The P15.5-billion project also aimed to support the development of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) Entertainment City located along the Manila Bay in Parañaque City’s reclamation area.

Bonoan, however, said that they have changed the alignment of the NAIA expressway and diverted it along Estero Tripa de Gallina instead of the congested Domestic Road.

“To avoid putting structure at Domestic Road and Airport Road, we might be at the back of Park ‘N Fly,” Bonoan said.

San Miguel, through unit Private Infrastructure Development Corp, won the contract to build the NAIA expressway project.

The NAIA expressway was the third Public Private Partnership (PPP) project to be awarded by the Aquino administration since 2010. The government has eight infrastructure projects rolled out in 2012 at attracting investments to boost the country’s growth above 7 percent.