Aquino leads groundbreaking of Skyway 3 project

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014


PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday led the groundbreaking ceremony of the third phase of the Metro Manila Skyway project, which is expected to significantly ease traffic in Metro Manila.

Michael Arthur Sagcal, spokesperson of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), said that the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 (MMS) Project it will connect the North and South Luzon expressways, the two major entry points to the National Capital Region (NCR).

Representatives from the Citra Central Expressway Corporation (CCEC) as well as officials from the DOTC and the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) also graced the ground breaking ceremony.

The CCEC will implement the MMS, while the DOTC and the TRB will act as regulator in its implementation and operation.

"This is part of the DOTC’s ongoing program to upgrade our transportation infrastructure. It is expected to provide motorists with considerable relief from the traffic situation in Metro Manila," said Sagcal.

The project entails the construction of a 14.82-kilometer, mostly six-lane elevated expressway, extending the present Skyway from Buendia in Makati all the way to Balintawak in Quezon City. Construction will begin in April 2014 and will take 36 months to complete.

Sagcal said the project will be carried out in four components: the Buendia-Plaza Dilao segment will be constructed from April 2014 to April 2016; the Plaza Dilao-Aurora Boulevard stretch will run from April 2014 to April 2017; the Aurora Boulevard-Quezon Avenue section will be constructed from April 2014 to April 2016; and the Quezon Avenue-Balintawak segment will be from April 2014 to December 2016.

This project is intended to decongest traffic along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA), Quezon Avenue, Araneta Avenue, Nagtahan, and other major thoroughfares by about 55,000 vehicles daily, the DOTC said.

Sagcal said that the Phase 3 will reduce travel time from Buendia to Balintawak to almost 20 minutes from two hours.

Based on a recent study by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, P2.4-billion is lost every day due to Metro Manila traffic.

The DOTC is also pursuing other projects, which will ease the NCR's traffic situation, including the NLEX-SLEX Connector Road of the Metro Pacific group, and the Integrated Transport System (ITS) terminals. (With SDR/Sunnex)

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