Construction of Bulacan Airport to start before end of 2019 – DOTr

Robie de Guzman   •   August 1, 2019   •   2241

MANILA, Philippines – The construction works for the proposed New Manila International Airport (NMIA) in Bulacan is expected to start before the end of the year, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said Wednesday.

The P735.6-billion unsolicited airport project in Bulakan town in the province of Bulacan will serve as an alternative to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

NMIA has a design capacity of 100 million passengers per year but can be expanded to 200 million, the DOTr said.

It targets 240 aircraft movements per hour with four parallel runways planned.

The project will also include the construction of an 8.4-kilometer tollway that will connect the NMIA to the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) in Marilao, Bulacan.

The DOTr said the airport will be operated and maintained by the San Miguel Corporation (SMC) after its unsolicited proposal emerged as winner of the Swiss challenge that the department concluded on Wednesday (July 31).

Unsolicited proposals undergo a swiss challenge, which requires an invitation to other companies to make offers while giving the original proponent the right to match it.

The DOTr said that since SMC’s offer had no challengers, the project is set to be awarded to the company after a recommendation from the technical working group is made within three days.

“On the notice of award, there are some conditions that should be complied with. These include post performance security, proof of commitment, among others as stated in the law. They (SMC) have 20 days to do so,” said DOTr Assistant Secretary for Procurement and Project Implementation Giovanni Lopez.

The department said that once the notice to proceed is issued sometime in August or September, the San Miguel Holdings shall then be in-charge of the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the NMIA.

The NMIA is expected to be operational within four to six years.

“The instruction of (DOTr) Secretary (Arthur) Tugade was that we were expecting San Miguel Corporation to break ground by the last quarter of this year. And in the ordinary course of things, according to our time period under the law, that is very doable,” Lopez said.

Tugade, for his part, commended the progress of airport project.

“This new international airport is important in helping ease the congestion of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Together with the expansion of Clark Airport and the construction of additional facilities at Sangley Airport, NMIA is part of ‘baskets of solutions’ to bring further connectivity to the Filipino people,” Tugade said.

After Skyway 3, SMC to work next on Pasig River road link project

Robie de Guzman   •   January 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The San Miguel Corporation (SMC) announced it will next work on the Pasig River Expressway Project (PAREX) after completing the Skyway Stage 3.

In a statement, the SMC said it will begin work on the East-West Highway in February.

“We will continue work to further decongest Metro Manila by linking east and west of the metropolis, through the Pasig River Expressway (Parex) project,” SMC president and Ramon Ang said.

Ang made the announcement during the opening ceremonies of Skyway 3 on Thursday which was attended by President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Pasig River Expressway project is a 19.4-kilometer, six-lane elevated expressway along the banks of the Pasig River that will complete the north-south, east-west link, connecting R-10 in Manila, Edsa, and C5 and decongesting Rizal, Cainta, and Marikina.

Ang said the project will provide faster, alternative access to the business districts Makati, Ortigas, and BGC.

The toll road is expected to cut travel time between two areas to about 10 to 15 minutes from the two hours at present.

The project can be completed by 2023, Ang said.

Aside from PAREX, he also revealed that work has also started for the construction of the Manila International Airport project in Bulacan province.

Touted as the single-largest investment ever in the Philippines, the SMC said the airport project will connect to major thoroughfares in the metropolis. It will have four-parallel runways and modern, world-class facilities.

Ang set the opening date of the massive airport project for 2025. Two major expressways connecting to the airport will also open by 2023.

Meanwhile, the ongoing Skyway Extension project, which will extend Skyway’s reach in the south, to Susanna Heights, Muntinlupa, is set for completion this year.

Both the Parex and Bulacan airport projects are to be connected to the Skyway system, further extending the country’s infrastructure network, the SMC said.

Skyway 3 closed from Jan. 13-14 to prepare for full opening

Robie de Guzman   •   January 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The entire stretch of Skyway Stage 3 will be closed on Wednesday night, January 13 until January 14 in preparation for its full opening on Friday, private proponent San Miguel Corp. (SMC) announced.

In a statement Wednesday, the SMC said the elevated expressway will be closed to vehicular traffic starting at 10 p.m. on Wednesday and will last the whole day of January 14.

A full inspection, set-up and staging of the opening, and other pre-opening preparation activities are also scheduled, the SMC added.

The entire 18-kilometer elevated expressway will be opened to regular vehicular traffic starting 5 a.m., January 15.

“We ask for the kind understanding of motorists, as we prepare to officially open Skyway 3,” Skyway management said.

“Following the opening, motorists will be able to experience the benefits of all seven lanes and all the features of this game-changing expressway that will reduce travel time from SLEX to NLEX and vice-versa, to only 30 minutes. It will also help decongest traffic on EDSA and many parts of Metro Manila,” it added.

Skyway 3 connects the South Luzon and North Luzon Expressways and will serve as an alternative to EDSA with its access points that traverse Makati, Manila, San Juan, and Quezon City.

The toll road is expected to cut travel time between the country’s two main expressways to just 20 minutes from the 3 hours at present.

Four of the seven lanes of the toll road was soft-opened to public last December 29.

“Skyway 3 will remain toll-free until January 29, and we look forward to welcoming our motorists and letting them experience seamless travel,” the SMC said.

Skyway-3 mula Buendia hanggang Balintawak, bukas na sa publiko – DPWH

Robie de Guzman   •   December 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Binuksan na sa mga motorista ang ilang bahagi ng Skyway Stage 3 project, ayon sa Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Sinabi ng DPWH na dalawa pa lamang mula sa kabuuang anim na lane ang maaaring daanan ng mga sasakyan sa pagbubukas ng Skyway 3 ngayong Martes.

Binuksan na rin ang pitong entry at exit ramps ng Skyway 3 habang southbound lane pa lang ang maaaring daanan sa Plaza Dilao Ramp.

Una nang inanunsyo ng San Miguel Corporation, ang private proponent ng proyekto, na sa Enero 14, 2021 ang full opening ng expressway.

Ang 18-kilometrong toll road ay isang elevated expressway na magdudugtong mula Buendia sa Makati hanggang Balintawak sa Quezon City.

Sa pamamagitan nito, inaasahang mapapabilis ang biyahe ng mga sasakyan papunta at pabalik ng North Luzon Expressway at South Luzon Expressway ng hanggang 30 minuto mula sa dating dalawang oras.

Habang iikli naman sa 20 minuto ang biyahe mula Makati hanggang Quezon City.

Ayon sa DPWH, 40 kilometers per hour ang speed limit sa Skyway-3 sa ngayon dahil may mga bahagi pa itong kailangang ayusin. Hindi rin maaaring dumaan rito ang mga motorsiklo na 400 CC ang modelo.

“Ginagawa ngayon pero at least para man lang ma-test ng konti itong ano at maramdaman ng ating mga kababayan ang full alignment ng Skyway… Expect nila yung full 3-3 which is yung lanes northbound at 3 lanes southbound ang mao-open sa ngayon kasi dapat mabagal lang ang takbo natin ngayon dahil may ongoing works,” ang pahayag ni DPWH Secretary Mark Villar.

Sa pagtaya ng DPWH, nasa 55,000 motoristang dumadaan sa EDSA, C5 Road at iba pang pangunahing kalsada ang maaaring ma-divert sa Skyway na malaking tulong sa pag-alwan ng trapiko.

Katuwang ang DPWH, ang San Miguel Corporation ang gumastos sa pagpapatayo ng Skyway na isa sa mga major infrastructure project sa ilalim ng Build, Build, Build program ng Duterte administration.

Libreng gamitin ng mga motorista ang Skyway Stage 3 sa loob ng isang buwan.

Pinag-aaralan pa ng Toll Regulatory Board ang proposed toll rates para sa Skyway-3. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Joan Nano)

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