First PPP project under PNoy delayed

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 30 2015 05:33 PM | Updated as of Mar 31 2015 01:33 AM

MANILA – The completion of the P2.01 billion Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway (MCX) may face delays due to on-site challenges, according to developer Ayala Corp.

The construction of the expressway was initially expected to be completed in March this year, but the completion date may be pushed back to June.

Ayala’s AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp. attributed the delay to on-site issues prompting a redesign of parts of access tunnels leading to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).

Also contributing to the delay is the lack as-built plans for an existing bridge in the area.

“This is to avoid possible damage to the existing structure and ensure public safety as the bridge is heavily used by the public,” the firm said.

AC Infrastructure chief operating officer Noel Kintanar said barring further delays, the first Public Private Partnership (PPP) project awarded by the Aquino administration will be completed by June.

“We are optimistic that a June construction completion is achievable barring further delays in the right-of-way delivery and any unforeseen on-site technical issues,” Kintanar said.

The MCX, formerly called the Daang Hari-SLEX link, involves the construction of a new four-kilometer four-lane toll road from Daang Reyna and Daang Hari in Las Piñas and Bacoor, Cavite to SLEX through the Susana Heights Interchange in Muntinlupa City.

Nearly 50,000 motorists a day are expected to use the MCX.