The Skyway Stage 3, which promises shorter travel times between the north and south, officially opened all seven lanes to motorists Friday morning. It's part of a bigger effort to decongest EDSA, with more projects in the pipeline to ease traffic for motorists.
San Miguel Corp. and the Department of Public Works and Highways have several infrastructure projects in the works, all aimed at improving travel and mobility for passengers and motorists.
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Here are the infrastructure projects to look forward to:
Connecting the east and west
In a Facebook post, San Miguel President Ramon Ang shared what's next after slashing travel times between the north and south: to connect the east and the west.
"After bridging the north and south of the Metro, we will begin work next month to realize another dream: to link Manila and Rizal in the east and eventually provide seamless land travel on all four corners of Metro Manila," he said.
Double decker roads rising
Portions of the 18-kilometer Skyway Stage 3 make use of double decker roads, a first for the Philippines.
You've heard of buses with two floors, and the same principle applies to roads. It works pretty much the same way: there's an elevated road where cars can pass through, and directly above it is another road that can carry motorists.
Instead of using more land area for roads, engineers can build upwards to save on space onground while increasing capacity.
Here's how it looks like:
The P740-billion airport of the future in Bulacan is tipped to ease the congestion problem at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
It will be built by San Miguel Aerocity under SMC, and will run on solar power.
More roads to decongest EDSA
Apart from the Skyway Stage 3, more roads and bridges are being built to help solve EDSA's perennial traffic problem. There are 25 projects under the EDSA decongestion program, with some near completion.
Public Works Secretary Mark Villar provides updates on the construction of the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge, Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge, and the BGC-Ortigas Link Bridge, which are all underway.
The BGC-Ortigas Link Bridge promises a travel time of 12 minutes between Taguig and Pasig, the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge will cut travel time between Mandaluyong to Makati to just 12 minutes, and the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge will connect the two most visited places in the city of Manila and will be completed in 2021.