Gov’t asked to approve connector tollroad plan


North Luzon Expressway operator Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. wants to start a major elevated connector tollroad for Metro Manila by the third quarter of the year to meet a commitment to finish the project before President Aquino steps down in 2016, a company official said.

The deal, which requires the final approval from the government, would provide a link between the NLEx and South Luzon Expressway to help ease congestion on Metro Manila’s main roads, said MPTC president Ramoncito Fernandez in an interview.

Fernandez said MPTC was in talks with the Toll Regulatory Board, with the intention of getting a supplemental toll operations agreement. The approval would pave the way for the construction of the toll road.

A TRB spokesperson did not immediately respond to an Inquirer request for comment. However, the agency spokesperson said last month that the basic alignment of the tollroad had been approved.

The approval process here is key in getting the project to move forward. Based on the schedule earlier provided by MPTC, the company would need the government’s nod within the quarter to keep its construction deadline.

MPTC earlier made a slight modification to the design, which now included a so-called spur road to provide another link from MPTC’s 8-km elevated connector road to Manila’s port area.

Metro Pacific’s 8-km section will be linked to a 5-km common section to be shared with a separate “connector” toll road being built by conglomerate San Miguel Corp. and the Citra Group of Indonesia.

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  • Nic Legaspi

    This is not sustainable… The more Filipinos’ income grow, the more cars will start plying our roads. What will the government do? Build more roads and highways? Why not invest in mass transit options? It worked for most major cities in the world. Besides, once we see rich people riding public transportation, then that would be a dream come true for the riding public.

  • Descarte5E

    Connect SLEX to NLEX. Then also build an elevated road in C5 and Quezon Ave. That will make a strategic triangular elevated road in Metro Manila and will ease traffic a lot especially during rainy season.

  • repapips

    baka nde pa naglalagay…

  • neilabarca

    WALA ng NANINIWALANG matutuloy ang proyekto (NLEX-SLEX connector) sa ilalim ng termino ni Noynoy Aquino…..ito ang hinala ng marami na walang dudang magkakatotoo.

    May two years na NEGOTIATION na halos 10 TIMES na walang nangyari, puro PRESS RELEASES…

    Mas maganda pa sigurong HUWAG ng ituloy at mag-shift ang Pilipinas sa RAILWAY FREIGHT TRAIN, meaning, TULAD ng MAUUNLAD na bansa sa kanluran, RAILWAY SYSTEM ang mas magandang ALTERNATIVE.

    • kismaytami

      Kung hindi nga pinakialaman ni aquino yung Daang-Hari SLEX connector road, matagal na sanang tapos. Kaya ayun, nilalangaw na lang yung proyekto.

  • asdafaa qwesda

    What I want to know is… WHAT IS DELAYING THE FINAL APPROVAL?!?

    • popeyee

      Di pa nagkakasundo kung magkano ang kupit..

  • just_the_guy

    This “connector road” will only worsen MM traffic. What is needed is more mass transit facilities. Revive the railroad service in the north and south. Also, there are already existing spur lines for rail to and from the ports. No need to spend on another one! This connector road will only enrich the private toll operators but will not help ease the congestion problems of MM commuters.

    • kismaytami

      Proyekto raw ni arroyo ang pagbuhay ng PNR, kaya ayun nilangaw pagdating kay aquino.

      • just_the_guy

        Actually, the connector road was first mentioned during the Arroyo administration pa. At yung PNR, mas napabayaan pa ng Arroyo administration. Pinagka-kitaan pa yung mga biniling mga tren sa Korea.

      • kismaytami

        Actually wala pang natatapos ni isang proyekto si aquino. Kahit yung Daang-Hari SLEX Connector Road na ongoing ang construction noong naupo siya. Tapos na sana yun noong 2011 pa. Kaso pinakialaman niya, kaya ayun, wala pa ring nangyayari hanggang ngayon. As in walang nangyayaring construction.

        At sino bang administrasyon ang hindi kumita sa mga infrastructure project?

        Nasaan na ba yung P250 milyon na pondo para ayusin ang PNR? Itanong mo kay aquino. At ang PNR nawalan na rin biyahe sa Bicol.

      • just_the_guy

        Actually, sa panahon ni Aquino na balik ang biyaheng Bicol ng PNR. Kay Arroyo ni hindi nakarating sa Calamba man lang. Yung mga estasyon na pinagawa ni Arroyo, may mahaba, may ma-igsi, may mataas, may mababa, walang kuryente, walang telepono, walang upuan, wlang bubong. Yung mga tren na binili sa Korea, sinuba ang pambili ng spare parts.

      • kismaytami

        Hindi sa ipinagtatanggol ko si pandak, pero literal na pinatay ni aquino lahat ng proyekto ng nakaraang administrasyon, kahit na yung mga makatutulong sa mga ordinaryong mamamayan. Inilagay sa PPP para ang makinabang ay yung mga campaign donors niya. Actually, ang dapat mong tanungin ngayon ay si aquino. Nasaan na yung P250 milyon na pondo ng PNR?

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