Motorists who frequent areas near the terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport have only less than two months to suffer horrendous traffic if the forecast of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) holds true.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar has expressed confidence in the agency’s capability to open Phase 2 of the NAIA Expressway Project, which connects Macapagal Boulevard to NAIA Terminals 1 and 2, within the first 100 days of the Duterte administration.

If our math serves us right, after President Duterte assumed office on July 1, 2016, that leaves the project 54 more days before opening.

“We are in the process of doing safety checks. With the help of DOTC, we are confident that the public would soon be able to access a key phase of the NAIA Expressway Project within the first 100 days of President Rodrigo R. Duterte,” Villar said.

The overall progress of the project’s civil works activities is at around 79-percent while the Paranaque River alignment has already been completed.

Costing Php 17.9 billion, the NAIA Expressway consists of a 7.75-kilometer four-lane elevated section and a 2.22-kilomters at-grade section that will allow motorists to cross over Sales Avenue, Andrews Avenue, Paranaque River, MIAA Road and Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard.

16 on- and off-ramps are in various stages of completion at Villamor Airbase, Resorts World, NAIA Terminal 3, MIAA Road, Imelda Avenue, CAVITEX, Seaside Drive and Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard.

Upon completion, motorists will have direct access to NAIA Terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4 from South Luzon Expressway thru Sales Interchange, Manila Cavite Toll Expressway (CAVITEX), and Macapagal Boulevard.

Travel time to the NAIA Terminals is expected to be reduced from 24.3 minutes to only 8.2 minutes.