Traveling from North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) all the way to South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and vice versa will soon be faster and less of a hassle. Recently, San Miguel Corporation president and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Ramon S. Ang announced that work on the 17.93-kilometer Skyway Stage 3 has been completed.
According to Ang, construction on the elevated expressway was officially completed over the weekend, beating the original October 31 schedule of completion even with the ongoing pandemic.
“I’m happy to announce that the whole structure of Skyway 3 is now complete. With this, Skyway 2 in 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 Ang.
With Skyway Stage 3 officially complete, travel time between SLEX and NLEX can now be done in as little as 20 minutes instead of around 3 hours. Magallanes to Balintawak (as well as Balintawak to NAIA) will now take 15 minutes, while Valenzuela to Makati will just take 10 minutes.
But don’t expect the elevated expressway to be open to the public right away. Ang said that they will still have to wait for the weather to improve in order to conduct asphalt curing.
“We’re very excited to open Skyway 3 to the public. We just have to wait for the weather to improve so we can make sure that the asphalt will cure properly. That and a few more finishing touches are all that’s needed, and then we can open, soon,” added Ang.
SMC was able to double its efforts in finishing the major infrastructure when restrictions were eased last mid-May to June earlier this year. It was originally scheduled to open last April 2020. However, a segment of the elevated expressway collapsed due to a fire that engulfed a warehouse in Pandacan. The 300-meter collapsed section has since been replaced by Citra Central Expressway Corporation, the concessionaire of Skyway Stage 3.
With Skyway Stage 3 expected to free up traffic in Metro Manila, those that need to travel from north to south (and vice versa) will soon be able to seamlessly travel with ease. We surely cannot wait for the new elevated expressway to be opened to the public soon.