NAIA Expressway first segment will finally open next month with full operation expected on the year-end.
Previously, the road project has undergone many delays. But finally, it will soon be undergoing safety inspections by the Department of Public Works and Highways.
The NAIA Expressway will run from Macapagal Boulevard to NAIA Terminal 1 and 2, thus, road signs are being installed.
The segment will be opened to motorists hopefully by third week of September, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said
Whereas, the second segment which connects rest of the NAIA Expressway to Terminal 3, as well as the start of the Skyway network will be operational in time of Christmas.
“The President is committed to fast-tracking all our construction projects. We’re going to work 24/7 so we can finish the NAIA Expressway immediately,” Villar said in a briefing on Monday.
He admitted, “We know people are getting irritated. They come from the airport and they can barely get out. Or to get to the airport, they have to use the narrow, congested service roads.”
NAIA Expressway construction has started in January 2014 wherein first segment should have been completed in March 2015, while the second segment was slated for this April.
However, the DPWH and its project partner, a unit of San Miguel Corp., ran into delays arising from right-of-way issues around the second segment of the NAIA Expressway.
As such, traffic around the airport terminals has worsened in recent years, with more cars on the road and flights becoming more frequent. The continued construction work on the expressway worsened traffic as well.
It is therefore assured by Villar that traffic will soon be decongested once the NAIA Expressway is opened. DPWH studies show it would take just eight minutes to drive from the Skyway to NAIA Terminal 1 on the expressway — a third of the current travel time of about 24 minute
The toll fee will likely be set at P35-45 for the first segment of the NAIA Expressway, Villar said. No figures were available for the second segment.
And, as per DPWH data, an estimated 80,000 people will benefit from the NAIA Expressway every day.