Skyway Stage 3 closed from January 6-7

Robie de Guzman   •   January 6, 2021   •   117

MANILA, Philippines – The Skyway Stage 3 will be closed temporarily starting Wednesday night, January 6, its management announced.

In an advisory posted on Twitter, the Skyway O&M Corp. said the toll road from Balintawak in Quezon City to Buendia in Makati City will be closed from 10 p.m. Wednesday to 4 a.m. Thursday to give way to construction-related activities.

The Skyway Stage 3 project partially opened to the public on December 29.

San Miguel Corp. earlier said the 18-kilometer elevated expressway will be fully opened on January 14.

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.

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.

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No final fare matrix yet for Skyway 3 — TRB

Marje Pelayo   •   January 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Toll Regulatory Board Spokesperson Julius Corpuz said there are no final and approved rates yet for Skyway Stage 3.

Corpuz said the regulatory body is still studying how much to collect for the services of the newly opened Skyway extension.

Based on the proposal raised by San Miguel Holdings, the toll rate for Skyway Stage 3 from Buendia-Makati area to Balintawak in Quezon City will range from P110 to P274.

But the TRB clarified that it is just a proposal until the final decision is made.

Meanwhile, concessionaire SMC said Skyway Stage 3 remains open for medical frontliners free of charge to honor their sacrifices amid the fight against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

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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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