The Public Works Department said a new ramp of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway (Naiax) that will connect Naia Terminal 3 at Andrews Avenue to Skyway will open today.
The agency said the opening of Naiax Ramp 1 was expected to relieve traffic congestion at Andrews Avenue and the influence area of Naia Terminal 3.
Built at the corner of Andrews Avenue and Sales Street in Parañaque City, Ramp 1 will now serve as the sole entry point of vehicles from Andrews Avenue going to Skyway.
The opening of Ramp 1 will be temporary until permanent connection to Skyway has been completed.
The existing Skyway On-Ramp at Sales Street near Villamor Air Base will be demolished by concessionaire Vertex Tollways Devt. Inc. through engineering procurement and construction contractor D.M.Consunji, Inc.
The new elevated expressway which connects Macapagal Avenue and Pagcor Entertainment City in Pasay City to Naia Terminals 1 and 2 in Parañaque City, or the first section of phase 2 of the Naiax, was opened to the public in September.
The less than 2-km stretch is expected to reduce the travel time from Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 to Macapagal Ave. and vice versa from 15 minutes to less than 5 minutes. It is expected to help ease the traffic and benefit motorists in areas of Parañaque, Cavite and Pasay.
Before the end of the year, the longer arm of the elevated expressway linking Naia terminals 1 and 2 to terminal 3 and vice versa is expected to be opened.
Toll will be P35 for Class 1 vehicles, P69 for class 2 and P104 for class 3.
The P20.45-billion Naia Expressway Project is a four-lane, 12.65-kilometer elevated expressway (including ramps) and 2.22-kilometer at-grade road traversing Sales Avenue, Andrews Avenue, Parañaque River, MIAA Road and Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard.
When all phases are completed, the Naia Expressway Project is expected to provide easy access to and from Naia Terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4 and will interface with the South Luzon Expressway through Sales Interchange, Manila Cavite Toll Expressway and Macapagal Boulevard.
A total of 16 off and on ramps are being constructed along strategic locations at Villamor Airbase, Resorts World, Naia Terminal 3, MIAA Road, Imelda Avenue, Cavitex, Seaside Drive and Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard.
Naia Expressway will significantly reduce the average travel time between Skyway/SLEx and Naia Terminal 1 from about 24.3 minutes to 8.2 minutes and benefit 80,000 travelers a day.
The Transportation Department earlier said it would start the auction process for the P74.56-billion contract to operate and maintain Naia by January 2017 after President Duterte approved the project.
Duterte, the chairman of the National Economic and Development Authority board, approved nine projects worth P171.14 billion, including the Naia contract on Sept. 14.
“Once implemented and completed, these approved projects will help attain our medium- and long-term development goals of making the agricultural sector competitive, improving mobility by making our transport system safer and more efficient, increasing disaster resiliency, and improving health services,” said Economic Planning Secretary and Neda director-general Ernesto Pernia.