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San Miguel Skyway 3 opened; east-west link started

San Miguel Skyway 3 has opened in a ceremony held January 14 and attended by no less than President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and members of his cabinet. They were joined by SMC president Ramon S. Ang.

Skyway Stage 3 expressway is considered as a game-changing infrastructure project by SMC and it is seen to provide a major boost to the country’s post-pandemic recovery.

The seven lanes San Miguel Skyway 3 seamlessly connects the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), via 18 kilometers of elevated toll road – the longest in the country. It is also expected to significantly decongest EDSA and other major Metro Manila roads. 

“By providing seamless access between north and south, we also unlock the true potential of our provinces,” shared Ang. 

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Since its soft-opening last December 29, 2020 some 71,000 vehicles has passed Skyway 3 per day, using only four lanes initially opened and toll fee free until February 1. 

“At full capacity, with 7 lanes available, Skyway can easily handle 50% of Edsa traffic, or 200,000 vehicles per day. Together with the existing Skyway 1 and 2, the Skyway system now has 38 kilometers of elevated expressway with 36 on-and-off-ramp access points. This will greatly contribute to decongesting Metro Manila traffic,” Ang noted. 

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To fastrack construction, SMC purchased all the properties along the project’s right-of-way, in order to meet the owners’ requirements. The company also funded the re-construction of three bridges, the San Juan Bridge, Concordia Bridge, and Sevilla Bridge. Though not part of Skyway, these old bridges near its alignment had to be demolished and rebuilt as they had deteriorated over time and had become a safety hazard.  

The food and beverage conglomerate committed to Philippines Government that its efforts to help the country and the economy will not stop with the Skyway Stage 3 project. 

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“We will continue work to further decongest Metro Manila by linking east and west of the metropolis, through the Pasig River Expressway or the Parex Project,” Ang added.

The Pasig River Expressway project is a 19.4-kilometer, six-lane elevated expressway along the banks of the Pasig River that will complete the north-south, east-west link, connecting R-10 in Manila, Edsa, and C5, and decongesting Rizal, Cainta, and Marikina.

The Parex Project is seen to provide faster alternative access to the business districts Makati, Ortigas, and BGC. The project can be completed by 2023,” declared Ang. 

*Photos from https://www.sanmiguel.com.ph/article/infrastructure

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