SMC Finishes Construction of Skyway 3
San Miguel Corporation has announced the completion of the entire 17.93-kilometre stretch of the Skyway 3 project which connects Northern and Southern Luzon. Once fully operational, travel from SLEX to NLEX will now take only 20 minutes, a far cry from the original 3 hours. Makati to Valenzuela is only 10 minutes near while NAIA to Balinatawak, 15 minutes.
SMC President said that this project was ahead of its October due date and that they were able to finish in spite of the threats of the pandemic. “I’m happy to announce that the whole structure of Skyway 3 is now complete,” he said. “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.”
Ang added that with finishing works to the highway still underway, the project can’t be open to the public yet. He said, “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.”
Since restrictions have been imposed strictly these past months, Ang said that they are doubly working. In mid-July, SMC was able to deliver the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) to Rosario, La Union, officially opening the entire stretch of the TPLEX to motorists. Aside from the Skyway 3, SMC is set to work on the sections of the Skyway Extension - which links the SLEX to the Skyway near Susanna Heights and the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway. It is expected that the project is finished by December this year.
SMC also has in the pipeline the Manila International Airport in Bulacan, said to be the largest project in Philippine history - which is expected to have its groundbreaking by the end of the year. When fully operational, this airport is expected to generate millions of jobs and is set to cut traffic from the National Aquino International Airport.