With Skyway Stage 3 officially opened to the public last week, motorists going from SLEX to NLEX and vice versa, no longer need to take EDSA or C5. Not only did this free up traffic in Metro Manila, but it also helped motorists get to their destinations quicker.
But San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is not yet done making more elevated roads in order to further free up traffic. After connecting the northern and southern sections of Metro Manila, SMC announced that they will start work on linking the eastern and western portions of the metropolis.
“We will continue work to further decongest Metro Manila by linking east and west of the metropolis, through the Pasig River Expressway (Parex) project,” said Ramon S. Ang, president, and chief operating officer of SMC.
That's right, there will soon be an elevated expressway that will follow the 25-kilometer Pasig River. The major infrastructure project will span a total of 19.4-kilometers and will have six lanes. The project will connect Radial Road 10 in Manila and C-5 Road.
According to our previous report, PAREX will be built into three segments. Segment 1 will cover R-10 to Plaza Azul which is around 5.74-km. Then from Plaza Azul, the expressway will link up with San Juan River via the Skyway Stage 3 – spanning about 2.7-km. Meanwhile, Segment 2 will measure 7.32-km and will see the expressway connect from the San Juan River all the way to C-5 Intersection. Finally, Segment 3 will connect the C-5 Intersection with C-6 Intersection and will span about 6.3-km.
Once complete, SMC claims it will provide faster, alternative access to the business districts of Makati, Ortigas, and BGC. In addition, the elevated road will also help decongest parts of Cainta, Rizal, and Marikina.
The Pasig River Expressway is estimated to cost PHP 95.413 billion according to the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB). It will be a joint project between the Philippine National Construction Company (PNCC), and the San Miguel Holdings Corporation (SMHC).
When will the construction of PAREX begin? SMC did not say exactly when they will begin, but given that they plan to open it sometime in 2023, construction may start sooner than later.