Skyway 3 closed from Jan. 13-14 to prepare for full opening

Robie de Guzman   •   January 13, 2021   •   204

MANILA, Philippines – The entire stretch of Skyway Stage 3 will be closed on Wednesday night, January 13 until January 14 in preparation for its full opening on Friday, private proponent San Miguel Corp. (SMC) announced.

In a statement Wednesday, the SMC said the elevated expressway will be closed to vehicular traffic starting at 10 p.m. on Wednesday and will last the whole day of January 14.

A full inspection, set-up and staging of the opening, and other pre-opening preparation activities are also scheduled, the SMC added.

The entire 18-kilometer elevated expressway will be opened to regular vehicular traffic starting 5 a.m., January 15.

“We ask for the kind understanding of motorists, as we prepare to officially open Skyway 3,” Skyway management said.

“Following the opening, motorists will be able to experience the benefits of all seven lanes and all the features of this game-changing expressway that will reduce travel time from SLEX to NLEX and vice-versa, to only 30 minutes. It will also help decongest traffic on EDSA and many parts of Metro Manila,” it added.

Skyway 3 connects the South Luzon and North Luzon Expressways and will serve as an alternative to EDSA with its access points that traverse Makati, Manila, San Juan, and Quezon City.

The toll road is expected to cut travel time between the country’s two main expressways to just 20 minutes from the 3 hours at present.

Four of the seven lanes of the toll road was soft-opened to public last December 29.

“Skyway 3 will remain toll-free until January 29, and we look forward to welcoming our motorists and letting them experience seamless travel,” the SMC said.

After Skyway 3, SMC to work next on Pasig River road link project

Robie de Guzman   •   January 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The San Miguel Corporation (SMC) announced it will next work on the Pasig River Expressway Project (PAREX) after completing the Skyway Stage 3.

In a statement, the SMC said it will begin work on the East-West Highway in February.

“We will continue work to further decongest Metro Manila by linking east and west of the metropolis, through the Pasig River Expressway (Parex) project,” SMC president and Ramon Ang said.

Ang made the announcement during the opening ceremonies of Skyway 3 on Thursday which was attended by President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Pasig River Expressway project is a 19.4-kilometer, six-lane elevated expressway along the banks of the Pasig River that will complete the north-south, east-west link, connecting R-10 in Manila, Edsa, and C5 and decongesting Rizal, Cainta, and Marikina.

Ang said the project will provide faster, alternative access to the business districts Makati, Ortigas, and BGC.

The toll road is expected to cut travel time between two areas to about 10 to 15 minutes from the two hours at present.

The project can be completed by 2023, Ang said.

Aside from PAREX, he also revealed that work has also started for the construction of the Manila International Airport project in Bulacan province.

Touted as the single-largest investment ever in the Philippines, the SMC said the airport project will connect to major thoroughfares in the metropolis. It will have four-parallel runways and modern, world-class facilities.

Ang set the opening date of the massive airport project for 2025. Two major expressways connecting to the airport will also open by 2023.

Meanwhile, the ongoing Skyway Extension project, which will extend Skyway’s reach in the south, to Susanna Heights, Muntinlupa, is set for completion this year.

Both the Parex and Bulacan airport projects are to be connected to the Skyway system, further extending the country’s infrastructure network, the SMC said.

Skyway 3 to remain toll-free until Feb. 1, Ramon Ang says

Robie de Guzman   •   January 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Access to the 18-kilometer Skyway Stage 3 elevated expressway will remain free until February 1, Ramon Ang, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) president and chief operating officer, announced.

In a post on Facebook, Ang said the toll-free access to Skyway 3 was extended to allow motorists to enjoy “seamless driving” over Metro Manila’s congested streets.

The SMC earlier announced that the toll on the elevated expressway is free until January 29.

“All access points and seven lanes in select areas will be available to motorists starting January 15 still for free – extended until February 1 – so that our motorists can experience and enjoy seamless driving along this engineering marvel over Metro Manila’s congested streets,” Ang said.

The SMC said the entire seven lanes of Skyway 3 will be fully opened to vehicles starting Friday, January 15.

In preparation for its full opening, the toll road was temporarily closed to motorists from 10 p.m. on January 13 until the whole day of January 14 for inspection, set-up, and staging of the official opening.

In a separate statement, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said it has conducted an audit on Skyway 3 to ensure that all systems are in place for the safety of road users.

“Safety audit, as well as stakeholders’ feedback is necessary as road traffic measures must adopt to fit with the current road situation,” DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said.

Four of the seven lanes of the toll road was soft-opened to public last December 29.

Although partially-opened, Skyway Stage 3 ramps are still being completed by San Miguel Corporation thru CITRA Central Expressway Corporation.

All ramps are expected to be completed and opened in 2021, according to Villar.

Once fully-completed, motorists will be able to utilize all the Skyway Stage 3 ramps at Buendia, Quirino, Plaza Dilao and Nagtahan, Aurora Boulevard, E. Rodriguez, Quezon Avenue, Sgt. Rivera, and the NLEX interchange.

Skyway 3 connects the South Luzon Expressway and NLEX and will serve as an alternative to EDSA with its access points that traverse Makati, Manila, San Juan, and Quezon City.

Skyway Stage-3 to begin full operation on January 15

Marje Pelayo   •   January 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Skyway Stage 3, the 14.8-kilometer elevated tollway project connecting Skyway/SLEx Buendia to NLEx Balintawak is set to open in full operation beginning Friday (January 15).

On Wednesday (January 13), Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar conducted a final inspection to ensure that everything is in place.

Although the road project is expected to shift to full operation, only seven ramps will be opened to motorists including entry and exit ramps in Buendia, Quezon Avenue and Balintawak.

However, in Plaza Dilao, only the south bound ramp will be opened to motorist for the meantime, as there are still nine ramps that are under construction and yet to be delivered to DPWH.

Nevertheless, six lanes will be open to motorists starting Friday.

Since the project began on December 29 last year, around 60,000 to 70,000 motorists were able to ply daily in the said Skyway section, the DPWH said.

“Qualitatively we can see na maraming natutuwa dahil sa ngayon kapag rush hour minsan sa Edsa makikita natin di naman gaano kagrabe ang traffic and the numbers would show this dahil ito naman talaga ang expectations namin ito yung target namin na mabawasan ang Edsa ng at least 100,000 cars para bumalik siya sa original capacity,” explained Villar.

Meanwhile, the DPWH and San Miguel Corporation earlier announced that Sky Way Stage 3 will be toll-free until January 29.

But since the contractor has yet to complete the entire construction, Secretary Villar said the free toll may be extended. MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)

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