The Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3, which shortens travel time to and from Southern and Northern Luzon, finished construction ahead of schedule despite initial delays caused by the pandemic.
Originally, the 17.93-kilometer long skyway was supposed to finish on Oct. 31, but was already finished this week.
“I’m happy to announce that the whole structure of Skyway 3 is now complete. With this, Skyway 2 in Buendia is now officially extended all the way to the North Luzon Expressway. After many challenges this project faced in previous years, the dream of connecting north and south and providing an alternative to EDSA is now a reality,” San Miguel President and CEO Ramon S. Ang said.
Travelling from SLEX to NLEX usually takes 3 hours, but with the use of Skyway 3, that will be reduced to just 20 minutes. Magallanes to Balintawak will take just 15 minutes, Balintawak to NAIA will take only 15 minutes, and travel time from Valenzuela to Makati will be reduced to just 10 minutes.
Though the bulk of construction is complete, finishing touches such as the proper curing of asphalt have been delayed due to heavy rains.
“We’re very excited to open Skyway 3 to the public. We just have to wait for the weather to improve so we can make sure that the asphalt will cure properly. That and a few more finishing touches are all that’s needed, and then we can open, soon,” Ang added.
Aside from the Skyway Stage 3, SMC also delivered the last section of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway or TPLEX to Rosario, La Union. As per public works secretary Mark Villar, the TPLEX is ready to welcome motorists.
Ang promised to continue all major infrastructure projects during the pandemic in order to generate jobs and help the economy recover.