The NAIA Expressway aims to reduce traffic jams around the airport
This is a big deal.
(SPOT.ph) Aside from EDSA, the roads surrounding the airport terminals are also hotspots for frequent "carmageddons." Just getting out of Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 would take you about two hours on a really bad day. That doesn't include your travel time from the airport to wherever it is you're going. Hopefully, this traffic jam will be solved once a segment of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway opens in the third week of September, and more so when the whole highway system becomes fully operational before the end of the year.
“Passenger traffic at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has an average annual growth rate of 9.5%. The cost of congestion per day in Metro Manila is P2.4 billion. We are keen in ensuring that the chronic traffic congestion at the vicinity of the airport is solved almost immediately,” Public Works and Highways Sec. Mark Villar told reporters on Monday, August 15 during a routine inspection.
LOOK: Diosdado Macapagal - Ramp 9; P17.9-B NAIA Expressway project 79% complete pic.twitter.com/oRwVqsUbN1— Jacque Manabat (@jacquemanabat) August 15, 2016
The P17.9-billion Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway (NAIAX) that started in 2013 will hopefully cut the travel time between the Skyway and NAIA Terminal 1 from 24 minutes to 8.2 minutes and reduce traffic bottlenecks around the airport complex. The project traverses Sales Avenue, Andrews Avenue, Parañaque River, NAIA Road (formerly MIA Road), and Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard. It has a 7.75-kilometer elevated expressway, 2.22-kilometer at-grade (a.k.a. "on the same level") roads, and 16 on and off ramps. The NAIAX connects all the four airport terminals to major Manila thoroughfares, such as the South Luzon Expressway, Skyway, Manila–Cavite Expressway, and Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard. As 79% of the project is already complete, the expressway from Macapagal to NAIA Terminal 2 is set to open to the public by September.
Photo and video from Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News