Ayala toll road project hits a snag

SMC-Citra opposition may delay PPP venture


The original proposed Daang Hari-SLEx as posted on

The Ayala and San Miguel-Citra groups are at odds over the proposed road linkage between the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) and the Daang Hari toll road, further delaying the first infrastructure project under the Aquino administration’s public-private partnership (PPP) program.

The Ayala group needs to seal a tripartite agreement with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and SLEx concessionaire South Luzon Tollroad Corp. (SLTC) to establish the road linkage with SLEx. The Citra/San Miguel consortium had taken over SLTC since early 2012.

Inquirer sources said SLTC was critical of the new design proposed by Ayala for the linkage, fearing this would worsen traffic conditions in its jurisdiction. Separately, the sources said SLTC was concerned over plans to cut or ball 283 trees in its concession area along Susana Heights as this might draw flak from environmentalist groups.

Daang Hari is a four-kilometer major arterial road that will connect Cavite’s rapidly growing towns to Metro Manila via SLEx. Ayala and the San Miguel/Citra groups likewise battled for the right to undertake this project under the PPP program in end-2011. About 30 percent of the arterial road is complete, bulk of which had been undertaken by the government prior to the entry of Ayala as concessionaire.

PPP Center executive director Cosette Canilao said a memorandum of agreement had been drafted and already approved by the DPWH and Ayala. “But there are questions from the SLTC board so that’s the cause of delay now,” she said, adding the traffic management was SLTC’s biggest concern.

Other Inquirer sources explained that SLTC was opposed to the plan to create a tunnel or undercrossing connecting the Daang Hari to SLEx on grounds that this would worsen traffic conditions in the area, cause damage to its own toll road and that the revision was not part of the original design/terms approved by SLTC even prior to the entry of the San Miguel/Citra group as controlling shareholder.

Instead, SLTC wanted Ayala to revert to the original design of building a roundabout or “rotunda” at the Daang Hari-Susana Heights interchange, noting that the DPWH itself had previously backed such “rotunda” model for both north- and south-bound traffic “in consideration of traffic safety,” the sources explained.

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  • naya88

    Ay naku, kung sana pinabayaan na lang itong project na ito na matapos during Pnoy’s transition period, sana ini-enjoy na natin ang maluwag na traffic sa Commerce Avenue at TS Cruz… kasi yong mga galing SLEX going to Cavite and vice versa, puede na sana dito sa link na ito, at hindi na dadaan pa ng bandang Ayala Alabang…
    Ngayon, bukod sa problem with SLTC, nabasa ko na ino-oppose rin ng Villar group itong Ayala project (re-bid daw), kasi Ayala plans to build a mall along this toll road, eh meron nang mall si Villar malapit dito.
    Gusto kasi nila na meron silang agad-agad ma-highlight na proof of success ng PPP, at itong project na ito ginagawa na during Arroyo’s last year, kumbaga malapit nang matapos, eh lalong nadiskaril …too bad…

  • FahKimYang

    Roundabouts or any other traffic design is not suitable for filipino drivers in the Philippines. Majority of taxi, jeepney and bus drivers taking their driver license test in the Middle East, Canada and USA have a hard time passing due to their acquired bad driving habits.

  • tyopaeng

    selfish ideas….

  • pinoyreacts

    Roundabouts do not work in the Philippines. We do not recognize right of way (the car inside the rotonda has the right of way and the one entering the rotonda has to yield).

    • hustlergalore

      but as you may well know, pinoy drivers in general, do not really know right of way, what they know is kung makakalusot lulusot right of way. LOL

  • iloveyoy

    roundabout or “rotunda” are for horse carriages during the old days…you can still see those in the middle east and the main cause of traffic jams and accidents. SLTC should try driving along the Quezon memorial circle to see and experience for themselves the horrible traffic jam. Hire an expert in traffic engineering!

    • in_sOmniac

      rotundas are not the cause of traffic jams and accidents. your Quezon circle reference is mainly due to Filipino drivers not knowing or following right of way etiquette.
      I have been to the middle east and to several southeast Asian nations and rotundas work (at least as good as or better than intersections) – if you observe right of way. the only other way of avoiding jams between road junctions is to use interchanges instead of intersections or rotundas. however, interchanges require a lot of space and can only be really effective for roads with 4 lanes (2 both ways) or more.
      IMHO, our driving etiquette as Filipinos in general need to change.

      • iloveyoy

        Dubai is getting rid of their roundabouts. Qatar has plenty of them and starting to rid of it. Driving etiquette is not the problem. Knowing and following the traffic rules (not only Filipinos) must be implemented. Educate the drivers and traffic enforcers. Just like you, I’ve been to many countries and I don’t agree with you that rotundas work. I am not in favor of rotundas or roundabouts, IMHO as well.

      • popeyee

        rotunda is only good for light volume of traffic, like what we have in Metro Manila pag Biernes Santo.

      • in_sOmniac

        well, let’s agree to disagree. :) my argument is if it is “attitude” that’s causing the issue in a rotunda design or is it the rotunda itself. I say it’s the primarily the former, in the QC circle example above.
        rotundas and intersections work up to a certain design traffic volume. of course if actual volume exceeds the design, then we will have a problem no matter what you use. in your case, what you probably saw was just that – volume exceeding the design, exacerbated by the wrong attitude. the most likely replacement for rotundas would be interchanges. like I said, in these cases, interchanges would still be the best but even interchanges have a design limit as well. exceed that and the only recourse is to build more roads. in metro manila, that’s an issue since the metropolis itself is situated in a narrow isthmus between manila bay and laguna de bay. there is no land available from an economically practical standpoint to build new roads so we have no other choice but to build new ones+ on top of each other (SLEX/Skyway).
        lastly, I think we should not make a distinction between driving etiquette and knowledge of traffic rules because one requires the other, with etiquette IMHO more important than knowledge. an example would be a traffic police on a bike knowing the rules and yet deciding to counter-flow and not wear a helmet. I think you get the point.
        admittedly, I was not very clear but I meant to include knowledge when I said etiquette.

  • OFW_Investor

    The excuses never ends,

  • TulisangDagat

    if you bulid they will come….

  • Bulagas

    eto ba ang SUCCESSFUL PPP?????

    Kung tinapos nalang yung original design ng daang hari link sa panahon ni evil little gloria (meaning black propaganda by the yellow noynoying government) tapos na sana eto noong 2011 pA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • dgboy

      oo kasama kick backs ay bobong plano sa tulad mong bobito

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