There is a good chance you have already driven on the new Skyway Stage 3 project since it was completed last October and partially opened last December. Our Editor-in-Chief, as well as our, co-Editor sure have, and you can read about their experiences in our previous articles.
Starting tomorrow, January 15, the 18-kilometer long Skyway Stage 3 elevated expressway will officially be open to the public following years of construction which began during the previous Aquino administration. President Rodrigo Duterte, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, and San Miguel Corporation (SMC) president Ramon Ang were present during the inauguration of the elevated toll road held earlier today.
With the Skyway Stage 3 project fully operational, motorists will be able to use all access points starting, tomorrow January 15. More so, seven lanes of the road in select areas of the expressways will be available for use as well. Possibly the best news of all? It will continue to be free of charge.
Ang announced on his official Facebook page that the Skyway Stage 3 will continue to be free until February 1 – “so that our motorists can experience and enjoy seamless driving along this engineering marvel over Metro Manila’s congested streets”.
The completion of Skyway Stage 3 will cut travel time from SLEX to NLEX from over an hour to just half an hour. More importantly, it will divert up to 50,000 vehicles away from EDSA, freeing up the heavily congested thoroughfare. With the flow of traffic on EDSA improved, other at-grade roads could improve as well. Even before the Skyway Stage 3 was fully opened, motorists could already feel the improved traffic flow on EDSA and other roads in Metro Manila.
At the moment, SMC has not released the price of toll for using Skyway Stage 3. Given that Stage 3 is operated by SMC and is part of the Skyway System, it will also use the AutoSweep RFID system. As previously announced by the Toll Regulatory Board, cash lanes will remain on expressways until further notice. Hopefully, the toll price of using the new Skyway Stage 3 won't be too expensive once SMC begins charging motorists after February 1.
Have you tried using the new Skyway Stage 3 yet? Will you continue using it even after the toll-free period has ended? Let us know in the comments.