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Neda tells DPWH to put P15.86-B NAIA Expressway project on bidding block

06/07/2012 [ tribune.net.ph ]

The government’s third Public-Private Partnership (PPP) priority project lined up for bidding this year was approved by the National Economic Development Authority (Neda)recently.

Neda Board chairman President Aquino gave the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) the go signal to put on the bidding block the P15.86-billion NAIA Expressway project by June 2012.

The proposed NAIA Expressway project involves the maintenance and improvement of the existing NAIA Expressway Phase I road, the construction of phase 2 of the NAIA Expressway, the construction of at-grade feeder roads leading to and from the Pagcor Entertainment City, the operation and maintenance of the completed phase 1 and phase 2 as a toll road, and the maintenance of the at-grade feeder road as a free road.

The alignment for phase 2 involves the construction of a 4.83 kilometer road from the NAIA Expressway Phase 1 following the existing road alignment over Sales Avenue, Andrews Avenue, Domestic Road and NAIA Road, and ends with entry/exit ramps at the Roxas Boulevard/Manila Cavite Toll Expressway, the Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard and Pagcor Entertainment City.

The total length of the NAIA Expressway is 9.37 kilometers comprised of the 7.15 kilometer elevated portion of phase 1 and phase 2 and its ramps, and the 2.22 kilometers at-grade portion.

The project will help ease traffic going to and from the Manila International Airport at the NAIA complex, giving high-speed access to NAIA Terminal 3 at 55 kilometers per hour. It will also provide direct links to passenger Terminals 1 and 2, including the International Cargo Terminal, increasing passenger traffic at the Manila International Airport and increasing needed high-speed access route at the Manila International Airport.

It will also seamlessly link the Slex/Skyway to the Manila-Cavite Toll Expressway and both Roxas and Macapagal Boulevard providing easy access to the Entertainment City of Pagcor.

The DPWH project will be implemented under the BOT law and its IRRs using the Build Transfer and Operate (BTO) contractual arrangement.

The NAIA Expressway project is part of the priority projects being developed by the implementing agencies in close coordination with the PPP Center.

PPP Center executive director Cosette Canilao expressed satisfaction over the announcement of the invitation to pre-qualify to bid for the project.

“The PPP Center congratulates the DPWH for rolling out one of the country’s mega infrastructure projects under the PPP program of government. This is indeed an achievement for the DPWH and the program itself. We knew that it could work and now we are seeing projects being rolled out. We are confident that we will hit our target of eight projects for 2012,” he said.
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