MANILA (DWDD) – The present Metro Manila Skyway system from South Luzon Expressway will be accessible up to President Quirino Avenue in Manila by second quarter of 2018.
This was announced by Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark A. Villar during his inspection of the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 Project along with Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur P. Tugade.
Also present during the inspection were Bases Conversion and Development Authority President Vivencio B. Dizon, DPWH Undersecretary Maria Catalina E. Cabral, DOTr Undersecretary Albert Suansing and Assistant Secretary Leah Quiambao, and Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) Executive Director Abraham P. Sales.
“DPWH has delivered significant road right-of-way requirements for the project as we aim to open a new on-and-off ramp along President Quirino Avenue by second quarter of 2018 to help decongest traffic along major thoroughfares like EDSA, C.P. Garcia or C-5 and Central Metro Manila”, said Villar.
Construction of the 14.8 kilometers – 6-lane elevated expressway known as Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 will connect Buendia, Makati City to Balintawak, Quezon City from the usual 2 hours to just 15 to 20 minutes.
It is designed to have eight (8) strategically located interchanges in Buendia Avenue, President Quirino Avenue, Plaza Dilao and Nagtahan, Aurora Boulevard, E. Rodriguez Avenue, Quezon Avenue, Sgt. Rivera and Balintawak, with a total of fourteen (14) Toll Plazas.
“Whenever other new on-and-off ramps are completed between the 3.76 kilometers Buendia, Makati City to Plaza Dilao, Manila section; 3.54 kilometers Plaza Dilao to Aurora Boulevard, Manila section; 2.71 kilometers Aurora Boulevard to Quezon Avenue, Quezon City section; and 4.81 kilometers Quezon Avenue to Bonifacio Avenue section, we will open the expressway facility to the motoring public right away”, added Villar.
This additional road infrastructure to connect the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) is being built in the amount of P37.43 Billion by concessionaire San Miguel Corporation Infrastructure at no cost to government. DPWH / MCAG