Skyway Stage 3 partially open this July
Motorists will soon be able to use a portion of the multibillion-peso Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 this month with the opening of the Plaza Dilao ramp in the City of Manila, the Department of Public Works and Highways said Friday.
Public Works Secretary Mark A. Villar said the construction of the 18.68-kilometer elevated roadway was in full blast after the settlement of all right-of-way issues.
He said only 25 out of 494 substructure works remained under construction.
“Around 5 percent remains. So in terms of completion, our target is by the end of the year, the Skyway will be substantially complete,” Villar said.
Once completed, the Skyway Stage 3 will link the South Luzon Expressway in Buendia, Makati, to the North Luzon Expressway in Balintawak, Quezon City, reducing travel time between the two points from two hours to about 20 minutes.
Villar said the two sections of the project were more than 80-percent complete.
“Section 1 from Buendia Avenue in Makati City to Quirino Avenue in Nagtahan, Manila, is now 83-percent complete, while Section 3 from Ramon Magsaysay Avenue to Balintawak is 81-percent complete,” he said.
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The Plaza Dilao exit of the elevated highway will be toll-free until the Toll Regulatory Board decides on its toll, Villar said. The stretch of highway, however, will be open only to light vehicles.
He said the other sections were being fast-tracked to ensure the project would meet its target completion date by the first quarter of 2020.
Villar also commented to the Skyway Stage 3 earthquake resistance, saying it could withstand a temblor of up to magnitude 8.
The Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 project spans three cities, Makati, Manila, and Quezon City.
Interchanges are strategically located in E. Rodriguez Ave. (Quezon City), Quezon Ave. (Quezon City), Sgt. Rivera St. (Quezon City), and NLEX.
Eight ramps in crucial areas of Metro Manila will connect the project to the rest of the city. These ramps are distributed among the eight sections of the project: Buendia/Makati to Quirino to Nagtahan (3.76 km.); Nagtahan to Aurora Blvd./Ramon Magsaysay Ave. (6.19 km.); Nagtahan to Tomas Claudio (0.96 km.); Tomas Claudio to PUP Sta. Mesa (1.30 km.); Tomas Claudio to Ramon Magsaysay Ave. (3.93 km.); Ramon Magsaysay Ave. to Quezon Ave. (2.71 km.); Quezon Ave. to Balintawak (4.46 km.); and Balintawak to NLEX (1.56 km.).
In 2018, the DPWH opened the three-lane, northbound direction of Skyway Stage 3 from Buendia Avenue up to near Java Street in Makati City.
It allows motorists to exit a kilometer further along South Super Highway instead of using Buendia as an off-ramp.
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