SMC Opens Two More Ramps of the Skyway Stage 3
San Miguel Corporation (SMC) recently unveiled to the public two new ramps of the newly-operational 18-kilometre Skyway Stage 3. This is to improve and ease traffic along the major thoroughfares in Metro Manila, providing ease of travel.
SMC President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon S. Ang announced the opening of the A. Bonifacio northbound off-ramp and the E. Rodriguez southbound off-ramp.
“Our Skyway 3 engineers and construction personnel worked double time to be able to open these two new ramps, better serve motorists, and provide them seamless and convenient travel,” Ang said. “With the opening of these ramps, those who are coming from Alabang, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Pasay, or Makati will no longer have to take Edsa and get stuck in several traffic chokepoints in order to get to Balintawak. Meanwhile, those coming from NLEX headed to Quezon City, on the other hand, can opt to take Skyway 3 to get to E. Rodriguez Avenue.”
Ang said that contractors are continuously working to open other access ramps. This has been delayed because of issues with the right-of-way.
“Despite delays, we’re excited for the next access points to be opened soon,” he said.
According to him, the next to open are the following: Quirino Entry, the Nagtahan Entry, Nagtahan Exit, E. Rodriguez Entry, and C3 Exit; and for southbound, the C3 Entry, C3 Exit, A. Bonifacio Entry, Plaza Dilao Exit, and Nagtahan Exit.
“Once all of these access points are opened, traffic in many parts of Metro Manila, especially major thoroughfares, will be virtually a thing of the past. People will be able to get from one place to another within the city much faster and easier, without the stress. And because of this, our main thoroughfares and city streets will also be decongested, making travel for those not using the expressway better as well,” he added.
Ang highlighted the significance of easing traffic for the people in light of this pandemic. He said, “For us in San Miguel, now is really the time to double-up our efforts and continue all our major investments to help alleviate the country’s congestion problems, to keep people working, and, in completing these infrastructure projects, prepare our country for economic recovery and further growth.”
Skyway Stage 3, which opened last January 14, is expected to ease traffic along EDSA because it can bypass this major highway and commuters can now enjoy travel time from Buendia in Makati to Balintawak in just 20 minutes, and Balintawak to Alabang in just 30 minutes.
Among the newly-opened ramps include Northbound-Buendia (Zobel) Entry, Quezon Avenue Entry, Quirino Avenue Exit, Quezon Avenue Exit, A. Bonifacio Exit and Balintawak Exit; and Southbound -- Balintawak Entry, Quezon Avenue Entry, Plaza Dilao Entry, Quezon Avenue Exit, E. Rodriguez Exit, and Buendia (Zobel) Exit.