Traffic has always been a problem especially in Metro Manila where thousands of cars drive around every day. It has become one of the major stressors for commuters and motorists alike, as it forces them to either leave earlier for work to avoid the morning rush or leave later at night so that most people have already gone home.
Truthfully, it’s become a hassle for everyone especially with how it is affecting our schedules and even health. That’s why authorities and private companies have been working together to try and look for solutions to ease the traffic and shorten travel time on major roads and highways in the city. (Read: Pasig River Clean-Up to Roll Out as Part of New Expressway Project)
One of these solutions is to build the 18-kilometer Skyway 3, the third elevated expressway in Metro Manila, which will be connecting South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) to the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX). The new project by the San Miguel Corporation (SMC) will be lessening the travel time from South to North from three hours to twenty minutes.
“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,” said SMC President Ramon Ang.
Privately Funded for Public Use
Contrary to what many people believe, the Skyway 3 is actually privately funded by the SMC. It was a project that took six years to be completed due to various factors such as redesigns and right-of-way issues.
Now, the SLEX 3 is finally having a soft opening by December—perfect for the holiday and Christmas rush. Hence, as a holiday treat to Filipinos, the SMC will be opening the SLEX 3 for free public use for one month! (Read: SLEX, Skyway, Other Expressways to Go Cashless Starting November)
“While we’re still doing a few finishing works, we want the public to be able to use Skyway 3 already and benefit from the convenience and ease of travel that it will bring,” says Ang. We have all waited long for this project, so this is the best way we can welcome everyone, by making Skyway 3 free for one month.”
Various access points to Makati, Manila, Quezon City, and San Juan will also be available for motorists using the Skyway 3, allowing it to become an alternative for the traffic-congested EDSA.