Thursday, 8 March 2012

Proponents Back 2 NLEX-SLEX Connector Roads

Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — San Miguel Corporation (SMC)-backed Citra Manila Tollways Corp. (CMMTC) supports a suggestion by Department of Transportation and Communication (DoTC) secretary Mar Roxas II for government to allow the construction of two major tollways connecting the South Luzon Expressway and the North Luzon Expressway.

The proposal to allow the construction of two connector roads for the SLEx and NLEx was earlier seconded by businessman Manny V. Pangilinan who controls rival Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation.

“Having two major tollways linking the north and south will indeed be very beneficial to the public. Not only will we decongest EDSA, we will also hasten the flow of traffic and commerce between North and South,” said CMMTC president Shadik Wahono.

He noted that, "the San Miguel Holdings - Citra Skyway 3 project and the ‘connector’ road of Pangilinan’s (MPTC) will cater to different markets and therefore, serve different purposes, we support the position of secretary Roxas and Mr. Pangilinan.”

Citra’s proposed north-south link, a 14-kilometer, six-lane tollway with exits in Quirino in Manila and Plaza Dilao, Aurora Boulevard, E. Rodriguez Ave., Quezon Boulevard, Sgt. Rivera, and Balintawak in Quezon City, is seen to greatly decongest Edsa.

MPTC’s connector road, on the other hand, will have four lanes and three exits in Quirino, Espana, and 5th Avenue.

“We don’t mind if the government will allow both Citra and MPTC to undertake their projects. The more that the roads complement each other, the better the traffic throughput would be," he said. (JAL)

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