Seven months ago, a 300-meter section of the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 collapsed after a huge fire gutted a warehouse in Pandacan.
As a result, the scheduled opening of the new expressway had to be delayed in order for Citra Central Expressway Corporation (CCEC), the concessionaire of Skyway Stage 3, to make the necessary repairs.
Now, the collapsed portion of the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 has been replaced by CCEC. Based on the latest report, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said that the lower and upper coping beams for pier 3, 4, and 5 have been reconstructed. In addition, the deck slab for spans 5 and 6 have been completed as well.
With CCEC rushing to complete construction work on the soon-to-open expressway, Villar added that the entire expressway is now 88.72% complete. However, this does not yet include Section 2A or the Tomas Claudio-PUP Sta. Mesa Segment as civil works has yet to begin.
“We are intensifying our road right-of-way acquisition so we may soon begin construction at Section 2A’. So far, we have acquired 231 out of the 350 lots that need to be acquired with a permit to enter,” said Villar.
As a whole, work across the various sections of the elevated expressway are all nearing completion. Section 1 covering Buendia-Quirino-Nagtahan is 90.67% finished, while Section 2A covering Nagtahan-Tomas Claudio is already 77.23% completed. Section 2B or the Tomas Claudio-Ramon Magsaysay Avenue portion is 94.39% completed while Section 3 or Ramon Magsaysay-Quezon Avenue section is 96.86% completed. Finally, Section 4 or Quezon Avenue-Balintawak, Quezon City is 75.67 percent; and Section 5 or Balintawak to NLEX Footbridge is 83.56 percent completed.
Once construction on the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 is completed, the DPWH expects that it will reduce travel time between Buendia and Balintawak from 2 hours to only 15 – 20 minutes. They also estimate that it will be able to accommodate an average of 55,000 vehicles per day.
With the entire expressway nearing 90% completion, maybe SMC will be able to open Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 before Christmas, or just after New Year.