Skyway Stage 3 Plaza Dilao Ramp to open in two weeks – DPWH

Marje Pelayo   •   July 5, 2019   •   1484

MANILA, Philippines – The construction of Skyway Stage 3 project is in full swing and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DWPH) is targeting to accomplish at least 95 percent of the project before the end of 2019.

On Friday (July 5), DPWH Secretary Mark Villar arrived at the construction site in Buendia, Makati City to inspect the progress of the project.

Skyway Stage 3 Project is an 18.68 kilometers-long elevated expressway composed of five sections:

  • Section 1 – Buendia Avenue, Makati City to President Quirino Avenue, Manila City;
  • Section 2A – Pres. Quirino Avenue Manila to Tomas Claudio Street, Manila;
  • Section 2B – Tomas Claudio Street, Manila to Aurora Boulevard, Manila;
  • Section 3 – Aurora Boulevard, Manila to Quezon Avenue, Quezon City;
  • Section 4 – Quezon Avenue, Quezon City to A. Bonifacio Avenue, Quezon City
  • Section 5 – A. Bonifacio, Quezon City to NLEX

The project has eight access ramps or interchanges:

  • Buendia Avenue, (South Super Highway, Makati City)
  • Pres. Quirino Avenue (Malate, Manila)
  • Plaza Dilao (Paco, Manila)
  • Nagtahan/Aurora Boulevard (Manila)
  • E. Rodriguez Avenue (Quezon City)
  • Quezon Avenue (Quezon City)
  • Sgt. Rivera Street (Quezon City)
  • North Luzon Expressway (NLEX)

The project aims to reduce the usual two-hour travel time from Buendia in Makati City to Balintawak in Quezon City to about 15 to 20 minutes.

Secretary Villar ensured that the skyway is resilient to environmental hazards and can withstand the strongest earthquakes.

“This is seismic rated and it was constructed with that in mind for a seismic event and ang project namin diyan up to 8 kaya niyang mag withstand (we project it could withstand up to magnitude 8),” he said.

During his visit, Villar also announced that the opening of the first exit ramp at Plaza Dilao, in Paco, Manila is set within the next two weeks.

The DPWH said motorists will enjoy a month-long toll-free journey through the exit ramp while the Toll Regulatory Board is still discussing the exact amount of the regular toll.

Skyway Stage 3 project is among the major road projects prioritized by the DPWH.

“Confident naman kami na (We are confident that it is) substantially completed, which is, meaning around 95 percent of the project will be completed before the end of the year,” Villar noted.

“May konting area na lang na kailangang tapusin pero nakuha na namin yung right of way kaya tuloy tuloy na yung construction (There are a few areas still for completion and we already obtained the right of way so the construction is ongoing),” he added.

This project is one of the government’s solution to decongest traffic in Metro Manila and to accomplish President Rodrigo Duterte’s promise of 5-minute travel time from EDSA-Cubao to Makati Area by December. – with reports from Joan Nano

DPWH inaugurates NLEX interchange near SEA Games opening venue

Robie de Guzman   •   November 26, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Tuesday inaugurated the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX)-Philippine Arena Interchange, which will be used by the delegates to access the venue for the opening ceremony of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

The DPWH said the Ciudad de Victoria Interchange Overpass Bridge and Bypass road is seen to help address the heavy traffic flow of vehicles entering the Bocaue interchange, as well as reduce travel time to the town of Sta. Maria in Bulacan from 50 minutes to 15 minutes.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar led the inaugural drive-thru of the new road with Senators Joel Villanueva and Francis Tolentino, Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando, Bocaue Mayor Joni Villanueva and other local officials.

Villar said that the construction of the bypass road and bridge, which started January this year, was fast-tracked in time for the opening ceremony of the 30th SEA Games on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at the Philippine Arena.

“Efficient roadways and increased road capacity will do a great deal in the success of the opening rites for the Philippines hosting of biennial multi-sport event involving participants from the 11 countries of Southeast Asia”, Villar was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the department.

The DPWH chief said the P260-million road project which connects to the Manila North Road and Sta. Maria-Bocaue bypass road will serve as an alternate road to the heavily congested Governor F. Halili Road in Sta. Maria, Bulacan.

“With our anticipation on the volume of vehicles and traffic jams during the opening ceremony, the bypass road shall provide ease of transport to delegates who will be competing for the pride of their respective countries,” Villar said.

After the games’ opening rites, the road will be closed again to resume remaining work on the interchange, which includes the construction of additional lanes of the bridge structure at the Bocaue interchange.

The DPWH also said that for the next phase of the project, it will improve the 1.91-kilometer road from MacArthur Highway to Bocaue Municipal, and build a 1.3-kilometer road from the Philippine Arena to the existing Patubig Road in Marilao, Bulacan.

LIST: Weekend road repairs, reblocking schedule in Metro Manila

Robie de Guzman   •   November 22, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Several roads in Metro Manila will be closed to vehicular traffic starting Friday night for the scheduled road repairs and reblocking.

In an advisory, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said road repair works on the following roads will begin 11 p.m. Friday (Nov. 23) until 5 a.m. Monday (Nov. 25):

EDSA

  • Southbound direction of approach B of P. Tuazon Flyover to approach A of Boni Serrano Flyover, 2nd innermost lane, 2nd lane beside railway;
  • Northbound direction after Aurora Boulevard to New York Street, 3rd lane from sidewalk

A. Bonifacio Avenue

  • Southbound between 11th Avenue to J. Manuel Street, 2nd lane from sidewalk
  • G. Araneta from Bayanin Road intersection

General Luis Street

  • Westbound direction from Rebisco Road to SB Diversion Road

Elliptical Road

  • Eastbound after Maharlika Street, 8th lane from outer sidewalk;

C5/Katipunan Avenue

  • Northbound after C. P. Garcia, 3rd lane from center island

The DPWH advised motorists to take alternate routes to avoid expected build-up at construction areas.

DPWH completes school building, road widening in Cagayan

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 15, 2019

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed the construction of classrooms in Amulung National High School and a road-widening project in Cagayan.

DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar cited the completion of a 4.23 kilometers road widening project funded under the 2018 Regular Infrastructure Fund. This is based on the report submitted by District Engineer Danilo U. Tabilas of DPWH-Cagayan Third District Engineering Office (DPWH-CTDEO).

The construction of a two-storey school building, which consists of eight classrooms, has also been completed. According to Villar, this aims to increase the number of students for the incoming school years.

“These new, sturdy, and comfortable classrooms will cater a total of 400 students and provide a conducive learning environment that will enable both teachers and students to exhibit their full potential,” he said.—AAC

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