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100-km coastal highway from Subic to Manila proposed

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Eric Tipan / SBMA | December 21, 2016 08:30

Proposed expressway and railway from Subic to Manila to take 48 months to build

Travelling along the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) is already as hassle-free as it can get in this country but imagine it minus all the trucks and container vans, ah yes a dream that can one day soon become a reality.

A proposal has been put forward by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) to the government for a 100 kilometer elevated coastal highway that will connect Subic Bay to the Port of Manila in order to relieve congestion at the port’s container terminals. The proposed project will cost PhP 100 billion.

The proposal is still contingent to the approval of the Office of the President to include it in the Philippine-China Framework of Cooperation but it already has the support of Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade.

"This is the most viable and doable solution to the traffic congestion lying outside the metropolis," said SBMA Chairman Martin Diño.

If the cost of the project were to be based on the estimated Php 3 billion daily losses the country incurs because of traffic as per the study made by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), then the project would be the equivalent to 34 days of traffic.

According to Diño, construction can be completed in 48 months.

The benefits, after completion, would be the efficient movement of goods in and decongestion of the Port of Manila and major roads of Metro Manila.