The opening of Skyway Stage 3 will soon allow motorists heading to or from NLEX and SLEX to seamlessly travel between southern and central Luzon with ease. Instead of enduring up to 3 hours of traffic, travel time between the two expressways will only take 30 minutes according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

But aside from hastening travel time between NLEX and SLEX, the DPWH also said that Skyway Stage 3 will help clear EDSA of 50,000 vehicles daily. According to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, motorists that frequently take EDSA will soon be able to take Skyway Stage 3 instead.

“Over 50,000 vehicles per day will be decongested from EDSA. It is part of the EDSA decongestion program of President Rodrigo Duterte,” said Villar.

As to when Skyway Stage 3 will be open to the public, he says that they currently working on some finishing touches before traffic will be allowed to travel along the elevated expressway. Villar is optimistic that Skyway Stage 3 that it will be opened before the year ends.

Skyway Stage 3 to relieve EDSA of 50K vehicles daily, says DPWH image

“We already completed the mainline. We’re just working on the finishing of safety devices, asphalt. Significantly, it’s done. Definitely, (it will be opened) before the end of the year, at the latest in December. Hopefully, sooner even before December but the latest is December,” added Villar.

With the DPWH confident that Skyway Stage 3 will significantly reduce the number of vehicles traversing EDSA, this could greatly help the alleviating traffic along the major thoroughfare. The question now is how much will be the toll in passing through Skyway Stage 3? There are no reports yet as to how much, but we won't be surprised if it will be toll-free during the first few weeks of its opening.

All we know is, we cannot wait to travel from Buendia, Makati, all the way to Balintawak in Quezon City (and vice versa) using the Skyway Stage 3.