San Miguel Corporation (SMC) soft-opens its new, 18-km, P70 Billion Skyway 3 this December and motorists can use the entire span for free for the entire month, President and Chief Operating Officer, Ramon S. Ang announced yesterday.
For over a year now, SMC has also partially opened the Buendia to Plaza Dilao section of Skyway 3 for public use.
The section has remained open and free for use by the public todate.
SMC is confident about Skyway 3’s December opening despite continuous rains hampering finishing works, including the laying and proper curing of asphalt.
“We’re very proud and excited about this project, because it will truly make a big difference to so many people’s lives–especially with our economy slowly opening up and with more vehicles coming back to our roads,” Ang explained.
“While we’re still doing a few finishing works, we want the public to be able to use Skyway 3 and benefit from the convenience and ease of travel that it brings,” he added.
The project took six years to complete due to numerous challenges, including right-of-way issues and major changes to its design and alignment.
Seamlessly connecting the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) with the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), it will also serve as an alternative to EDSA, with its eight access points that traverse Makati, Manila, San Juan, and Quezon City.
These access points include Buendia, Plaza Dilao, Nagtahan, Aurora Blvd., Quezon Ave., Sgt. Rivera, Balintawak, and NLEX.
SMC privately funded and built Skyway 3. It was completed at no cost to government, no guarantees or subsidies.
“With Skyway 3, we will improve the daily commutes and lives of so many Filipinos,” Ang reiterated.
“We will lessen their time spent in traffic on the road, increasing both their productivity and time spent with their families.”
The transportation of goods from north and south Luzon will also be easier, faster, and more efficient.
“This will be a big boost to our economy and support growth throughout the regions,” he underscored.
After completing the entire structure of Skyway 3 ahead of its October 31, 2020 deadline, SMC also targets to deliver the northbound section of the Skyway extension project by December.
This section connects SLEX directly to Skyway from Susanna Heights in Muntinlupa.
With this, travel from Susanna Heights through the Skyway System including Skyway 3, all the way to the Balintawak toll plaza of the NLEX, will only take 20 minutes.
Travel time from Magallanes to Balintawak will take just 15 minutes; Balintawak to NAIA will be 15 minutes, and Valenzuela to Makati, 10 minutes.