San Miguel Corporation on Thursday opened to the public two new ramps of the newly-operational Skyway Stage 3, further improving accessibility and ease of travel within Metro Manila, via the 18-kilometer elevated expressway.
Ramon S. Ang, SMC president and chief operating officer said the opening of the A. Bonifacio northbound off-ramp, just before the Cloverleaf Mall in Balintawak, and the E. Rodriguez southbound off-ramp on Araneta Ave., which also provides access to Espana.
“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, Paranaque, Las Pinas, 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 Ave,” he added.
Ang said that contractors for SMC Infrastructure are working continuously to deliver other access ramps. Full completion of these were delayed due to pending Right-of-Way (ROW) acquisition.
“Despite delays, we’re excited for the next access points to be opened soon. For northbound motorists, next to be opened will be the Quirino Entry, Nagtahan Entry, Nagtahan Exit, E. Rodriguez Entry, and C3 Exit. For southbound, we will soon open the C3 Entry, C3 Exit, A. Bonifacio Entry, Plaza Dilao Exit, and Nagtahan Exit,” Ang said.
“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 emphasized the importance of addressing the country’s congestion problems today, particularly as the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to significantly impact the economy.
“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,” he said.
Skyway Stage 3, built and fully-funded by SMC and officially opened last January 14, brings to reality the long-held dream of seamlessly connecting southern and northern Luzon. It is also a solution to traffic in Metro Manila, which has only grown through the decades. With Skyway 3, motorists are now able to bypass Edsa and other busy streets and enjoy travel time from Buendia to Balintawak in just 20 minutes, and Alabang to Balintawak in only 30 minutes.