Skyway Stage 3 linking Makati to Balintawak opens Dec. 29; no toll fees for a month

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The Skyway Stage 3 is an elevated toll road from Makati to Quezon City.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 28) — Motorists traveling from north to south of Metro Manila may start using the Skyway Stage 3 on Tuesday, Dec. 29.

In a Facebook post, San Miguel Corporation President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon Ang said the elevated toll road will be partially opened to the riding public, adding that they will formally allow full access to all its seven lanes on Jan. 14, 2021.

No toll fees will be collected for its first month of operations, he added.

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SMC subsidiary Citra Central Expressway Corporation built the Skyway Stage 3 for ₱44.86 billion, according to the website of the Department of Public Works and Highways.

The conglomerate will operate the toll road for 30 years.

The opening has been delayed after a portion of the Skyway collapsed due to a massive fire that hit a nearby warehouse, while construction was initially paused during the onset of COVID-19 lockdowns in Luzon back in March. Previous road right-of-way issues also pushed back the project timeline.

Recent typhoons also affected the final stages of the project, the SMC chief said, particularly on the curing of concrete and road asphalting.

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In a statement, Ang said only four lanes will be opened to vehicles during the partial operations of the 18-kilometer toll road, which is expected to decongest EDSA.

An end-to-end drive from the Skyway entrance in Buendia to the North Luzon Expressway in Quezon City will only take 20 minutes, while motorists coming from Alabang and passing through the Skyway roads can get to Balintawak in 30 minutes, SMC said.

Eight access ramps and interchanges form part of Skyway Stage 3. Among these are the entry and exit points 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 Sgt. Rivera Street.