DOTr break ground on South East Metro Manila Expressway project

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 8) — Soon, motorists can traverse the 25-kilometer distance between Bicutan, Taguig and Batasan, Quezon City in 35 minutes.

The Department of Transportation Toll Regulatory Board (DOTr-TRB) led the groundbreaking of the South East Metro Manila Expressway Project (SEMME) on Monday.

This is in partnership with the Public Works Department, Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), and the Taguig City government.

The project is under the administration's P8 trillion Build, Build, Build infrastructure program

SEMME is the first phase of the Metro Manila C-6 Expressway Project. It is a "34-kilometer, six-lane, combined elevated and at-grade expressway with two directional traffic flow."

It will start in FTI, Taguig City and will end in Batasan Complex in Quezon City.

The SEMME will also connect to the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) through Balagtas, Bulacan.

"Aside from decongesting roads in Manila and Quezon City, particularly major road networks such as EDSA, C-5, Ortigas Avenue, and its extension, SEMME shall likewise provide commuters and motorists fast and direct access by South and Southeast, as well as Metro Manila inter-city travelers, to major international and domestic airports," the Transportation Department said in a press release.

San Miguel Corporation will operate the SEMME. The company also owns Skyway O&M Corporation which operates the South Metro Manila Skyway Project.