Saturday, 30 May 2009

PGMA drives thru new NAIA road interchange

MANILA (PND) --- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo this morning (May 30) drove through the newly-opened P1-billion Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) interchange, a 1.5 to 2 kilometers of road network systems that lead to NAIA Passenger Terminal 3 and domestic airport terminal as well. The project ensures foreign and domestic travelers a speedy access to both domestic and international airports.

The President, aboard an open pick-up, viewed the newly-opened skyway interchange with Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. and local officials that included Paranaque Mayor Florencio Bernabe Jr., Pasay City Cong. Antonio Roxas, Pasig Cong. Roman Romulo, Paranaque Cong. Eduardo Zialcita and NAIA Assistant General Manager for Security and Emergency Services Angel Atutubo, representing NAIA General Manager (GM) Alfonso Cusi.

DPWH Undersecretary Romeo S. Momo, chief of staff of Secretary Ebdane, said the President was delighted to see the completion of Package 1, 2, 3 and 4-A of the interchange. Still to be completed is the package 4-B, he said

Began in 2003, the interchange took a long time to complete because of problems of relocating people residing on the ground level of the interchange, Momo said.

Momo said the DPWH is going to conduct an economic impact analysis and time and motion studies of the project and submit a report to the President, once the project is fully completed.

The toll at the new interchange is P85 for cars, jeeps and pickups and P117 for buses and bigger vehicles.

Those coming from the north passing through Tramo Street can get access to the new interchange through Sales Street at the ground level and those from Alabang, Taguig and any part of the south, can get to the new interchange via the Skyway or South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), Momo said.

At any given day, travel would only take 30 minutes from SLEX and Skyway through the interchange bound for the passenger terminals of NAIA and the domestic airport, Momo said.

The NAIA Expressway Flyover connects the existing Metro Manila Skyway and SLEX with the NAIA Passenger Terminals via elevated roadway or viaducts.

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