MMDA projects will be delayed, may cause traffic jam – Tolentino

By , on September 15, 2015

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino (Facebook photo)
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino (Facebook photo)

MANILA – The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) disclosed that the completion of two infrastructure projects will be delayed and may contribute to the already worsening traffic condition in Metro Manila.

The two construction projects were the 7.5-kilometer Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) elevated expressway and the Manila Skyway Stage 3.

These projects were expected to be finished this year, before the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leader’s Summit which the Philippines will host in November.

But upon meeting with contractor D.M. Consunji, Inc., MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino was informed that the elevated expressway will be completed next year and the skyway will be finished in two years.

“The NAIA elevated expressway will be delayed for five months. It will not make it for the APEC Summit as they will finish the project in April, 2016,” Tolentino said.

“The officials were explaining the need to construct a ramp downward Buendia-Skyway to transfer a drainage system and a platform of the Philippine National Railways. Their construction would take three months,” he added, referring to the Manila Skyway.