SMC opens game-changing Skyway 3 to the public

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Skyway Stage 3 project, built and funded by San Miguel Corporation, has officially opened to the public and will remain toll-free until Feb. 1.

What was previously an hours-long ride from Buendia to NLEX is cut to just 15 minutes via the 18-kilometer elevated expressway – the longest of such kind in the country.

Skyway 3 seamlessly connects the South Luzon Expressway and the North Luzon Expressway.

It is also an industry first, having double-decker roads to save space in the dense Metro Manila area.

SMC has waived toll fees for a month, from its soft-opening last Dec. 29, until Feb. 1.

“At full capacity, with 7 lanes available, Skyway can easily handle 50% of EDSA traffic, or 200,000 vehicles per day,” SMC President and COO Ramon Ang said.

“Together with the existing Skyway 1 and 2, the Skyway system now has 38 kilometers of elevated expressway with 36 on- and off-ramp access points. This will greatly contribute to decongesting Metro Manila traffic,” the tycoon added.

The Skyway Stage 3 is also envisioned to connect to the New Manila International Airport, which SMC is building in Bulacan. The airport is targeted to open in 2025.

The company is also working on the completion of four other major infrastructure projects:

- MRT-7, linking North Ave. in Quezon City to San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan

- SLEX TR-4 and TR-5, which will extend to Matnog, Sorsogon

- Extension of Tarlac–Pangasinan–La Union Expressway to reach Laoag, Ilocos Norte

- Pasig River Expressway, which will connect Eastern and Western Metro Manila