The opening of the Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road (BSAAR) this afternoon will reduce travel time from the airport in Silay City to Bacolod City to about 10 minutes, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) said yesterday.
Department of Public Works and Highways Undersecretary Rafael Yabut, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia, Benitez, and chief representative Tae Ik Park of Keximbank will cut the ribbon at the inaugural rites at 2 p.m. today.
This will be followed by the unveiling of a marker, a speech by the governor, and messages from Tae Ik Park, Yabut, Leonardia, Benitez, Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella, Talisay Mayor Eric Saratan and Silay Mayor Jose Montelibano.
The 10.12-kilometer P603.4-million road will ease serious traffic congestion at the existing Bacolod, Talisay, Silay coastal road and boost economic growth along formerly sugarcane plantation areas, a DPWH briefer yesterday said.
Benitez said travel through 11 kilometers at an average speed of 60 kph will take 11 minutes.
Travel time from Bacolod to the airport in Silay using the existing coastal road is from 30 to 45 minutes.
The BSAAR has traffic lights at five intersections and six bridges.*CPG