Remember when the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said that the first 5-kilometers of the NLEX Connector will be opening later this year? Well, San Miguel Corporation is also busy building the road that will connect Skyway 3 with the aforementioned road link.
Recently, SMC has started work on a 1.2-kilometer road that will connect the 18-kilometer Skyway 3 with the ongoing 8-kilometer NLEX Connector project. Despite pending right-of-way acquisitions, Ramon S. Ang, president of SMC, said that they are working on what's workable in order to mitigate delays caused ROW acquisition.
“We’re already mobilizing our contractors to start work in areas that are unobstructed, where we’re permitted to work. We’re also already committing the funds needed to buy the ROW properties, so hopefully, these issues will be resolved the soonest,” said Ang.
The upcoming road connection being built by SMC can be completed within 24 months or less, depending on the ROW issues with the landowners. Ideally, SMC wants the 1.2-kilometer connector to be completed before or by the time the NLEX Connector project is finished.
“Originally, this was supposed to be delivered December 2020, but it’s now pushed back. But we want to assure the public and government that we will do everything to complete it in less than 24 months, once we get the ROW,” added Ang.
With the NLEX Connector's first 5-kilometers set to be finished by the end of 2021, SMC's plan to have the 1.2-kilometer road link within 24 months appears to be feasible. Once both projects are complete, the elevated road will provide a direct link between NLEX and SLEX, as well as provide better access to the Port of Manila. More importantly, travel time between NLEX and SLEX will be reduced from 2 hours to just 20 minutes.