Rep. Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) yesterday said the Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road (BSAAR) has not been opened because it has not yet been completed, and not because President Benigno Aquino is being awaited to inaugurate it.
Benitez was reacting to a query by a Bacolod official on her Facebook page about the delay in the road opening that has drawn numerous reactions on social network site.
Bacolod Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue wrote on her Facebook site that, she heard that because the President and Benitez have no vacant time to inaugurate the access road to the airport, everyone will have to wait before it can be used. Sigue also said she heard some expert drivers say they can save around P100 in fuel and half the time going to the airport if the BSAAR is opened.
Benitez said the installation of traffic lights at the BSAAR is still ongoing and the target date of completion by the Department of Public Works and Highways Project Management Office is on November 12.
Tentative opening is on November 15, with Korean Bank officials and DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson as proxy for the President.
The 10.12-kilometer BSAAR that costs P569.7 million, will make travel time from the airport to Bacolod about 10 minutes, Benitez had said earlier.*CPG