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Daang Hari road suffers slight delay

By Jenniffer B. Austria | Aug. 13, 2014 at 12:01am [ manilastandardtoday.com ]

AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp., the wholly-owned infrastructure unit of conglomerate Ayala Corp., said the completion of the four-kilometer Daang Hari South Luzon Expressway connector road project may be delayed.

The Daang Hari-SLEx connector road is the first major infrastructure project auctioned by the Aquino administration under the so-called Public-Private Partnership program.

AC Infrastructure group head Eric Francia said in an interview the company was still pushing for the completion of the project by December this year.

He conceded, however, it would take 12 months to complete the project after the company went full blast with the construction in February this year.

“But we do want to compress the timeline and we are doing as much as we can. We are pressuring our contractor to have a nice Christmas gift for everyone. But if not Christmas, then we will do Valentine presentation,” Francia said.

The toll road project, awarded to AC Infrastructure in 2011, suffered from right of way and linkage problems with South Luzon Tollways Corp., which operates the South Luzon Expressway.

Daang Hari is a major arterial road connecting the rapidly growing towns of Imus, DasmariƱas, Bacoor, Cavite to Metro Manila via SLEx.

It will be a new road that exits SLEx near the Susana Heights Interchange and passes through government properties in Muntinlupa, ending at Daang Hari near Verdana Homes in Imus, Cavite.

The road provides strategic access to Cavite and much-needed traffic relief in the congested Alabang-Zapote Road and Commerce Avenue.

Ayala submitted the highest bid for the 30-year concession period to operate the Daang Hari-SLEx road project in December 2011, besting San Miguel Corp.
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