The construction of the 18-kilometer Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 has now officially been completed over the weekend. The Skyway Stage 3 is aimed to link the northern and southern areas of Metro Manila.
The target completion date of the Skyway Stage 3 was completed earlier than the supposed October 31 deadline. This is in spite of the challenges brought upon by the ongoing pandemic.
The Skyway Stage 3 project had an estimated cost of around P44-billion
With the completion of the Skyway Stage 3, the travel time from SLEX to NLEX will be reduced from two hours to only 30 minutes. Both travel times from Magallanes to Balintawak and Balintawak to NAIA will now take only 15 minutes. As such, the Skyway Stage 3 is seen to free up traffic congestion along EDSA as it gives motorists an alternate route. In addition, the Skyway Stage 3 could also help improve traffic along C5 and Central Metro Manila.
Traffic congestion along major highways such as EDSA, C5, and Central Metro Manila will reduce significantly by as much as 55,000 vehicles daily once the Skyway Stage 3 is opened to the public.
However, the Skyway Stage 3 is not yet opened to the public. San Miguel Corporation president and chief operating officer (COO) Ramon S. Ang said that they still have to conduct asphalt curing and a few more finishing touches. The company currently can’t do it due to the rainy weather. Once it is opened, traffic congestion along major highways such as EDSA, C5, and Central Metro Manila will reduce significantly by as much as 55,000 vehicles daily.
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“I’m happy to announce that the whole structure of Skyway 3 is now complete. With this, Skyway 2 Buendia is now officially extended all the way to the North Luzon Expressway. After many challenges this project faced in previous years, the dream of connecting north and south and providing an alternative to EDSA is now a reality,” said Ramon S. Ang.
Aside from the Skyway Stage 3, there are still numerous projects soon to be completed such as NLEX-SLEX Connector, Laguna Lake Expressway, North Luzon Expressway Harbor Link, and more.
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