Metro Manila · The Big Makeover
The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has announced the launch of two big - and long awaited - projects: the rehabilitation of NAIA Terminal 1 and the so-called Stage 3 of the Metro Manila Skyway. Both infrastructure projects target issues that have long been subjects of complaints and heated debates.
Renovation of NAIA Terminal 1
Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has in recent years often been voted the worst - or one of the worst - airports in the world, inter alia by the travel website Sleeping in Airports. The DOTC now invests 1.3 Billion pesos for the makeover of Terminal 1, the terminal for international flights.
According to the DOTC, the project involves "structural retrofitting, improvement of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection facilities, and architectural works of the decades-old terminal building". The work is supposed to be completed by January 2015. Certain areas of the terminal will be closed over the course of renovation.
Extension of Metro Manila Skyway
Traffic infrastructure has been neglected for decades in Metro Manila and the road network is constantly congested ever since private car ownership has become more affordable many years ago. The extension of the Metro Manila Skyway will be a major undertaking to connect the north and south of the Megacity more efficiently, thereby reducing the daily traffic jams on EDSA, C-5, and other main roads.
The Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 (MMS 3) stands for the construction of an almost 15 kilometer-long, mostly 6-lane elevated highway extension of the Skyway, leading from Gil Puyat Avenue in Makati City to Balintawak in Quezon City. The tollway will reduce the travel time between both locations from two hours to an estimated 20 minutes. 26.59 billion pesos are budgeted for the construction project which is supposed to take three years starting in April 2014.
Both projects where announced last week when the Department of Transportation and Communications celebrated its 115th anniversary.