SMC: Skyway Stage 3 to open in November

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Skyway Stage 3, the new expressway that will connect the North and South Luzon Expressways, will open in November, San Miguel Corporation said. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 16) — Skyway Stage 3, the new expressway that will connect the North and South Luzon Expressways, will open in November, San Miguel Corporation said.

The company expects the ₱37.4-billion project to cut traffic in EDSA by half.

"I think kapag nagbukas na ‘yan nang November, ‘yung connector road from Buendia to Balintawak, ‘yung EDSA traffic, minimum 50 percent of traffic wala na," SMC President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon Ang told CNN Philippines on Wednesday.

[Translation: I think when that opens in November, the connector road from Buendia to Balintawak, minimum 50 percent of traffic in EDSA will be gone]

The 18.68-kilometer elevated expressway has eight access ramps and interchanges — along President Quirino Avenue in Malate, Plaza Dilao in Paco, Nagtahan in Manila and after Buendia in Makati. In Quezon City, there are ramps on E. Rodriguez Avenue, Quezon Avenue and Sergeant River Street.

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar earlier said the expressway will open by year-end.

The opening was earlier delayed after a portion of the Skyway collapsed due to a massive fire that hit a nearby warehouse.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Rex Remitio contributed to this report.