Beginning today, motorists can now access the Nagtahan northbound and southbound exit ramps of the nearly completed Skyway Stage 3 elevated expressway.
“With the opening of the Nagtahan exit ramps, motorists can expect to further cut their travel time to Manila, even as traffic congestion at major throughfares commonly used to access Sta. Mesa and other nearby areas, is seen to further ease,” informed San Miguel Corp. (SMC) president Ramon S. Ang who is glad to complete the exit ramps in record time.
Public Works Sec. Mark Villar shared that SMC is taking advantage of the dry season to fast-track the completion of ramps. “We want more motorists to reap the benefits of additional interchanges in between Buendia and NLEX.”
“The timely opening of all interchanges will also further reduce traffic along major NCR roads, most specifically Edsa, Quezon Avenue, Araneta Avenue. Nagtahan, and Quirio Avenue,” Villar added.
“We are committed to fully delivering the remaining access ramps of Skyway 3 in the soonest possible time. With the Nagtahan exits, motorists coming from both SLEX and NLEX or other points of entry to the Skyway 3, can now opt to get to their destinations in Manila faster, without having to go through traffic, or contribute to traffic on major public roads and busy streets,” explained Ang.
SMC, which fully-funded 100 percent of the Skyway Stage 3 project, including the acquisition of right-of-way properties and reconstruction of public bridges, to ensure no government funds or taxpayer money is spent on the project, officially opened the main alignment of the elevated expressway last January.
However, due to right-of-way issues, delivery of some access ramps had to come a little later.
Ang thanked Villar and Department of Transportation (DoTR) secretary Arthur Tugade for their support in improving the travel infrastructure in the country, particularly SMC’s road infrastructure projects in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“With the support of government agencies like the DPWH and the DOTR and the political will of President Duterte, we were able to accomplish more, even with quarantine restrictions in place. We are counting on their continued support as continue to work full blast to complete the remaining ramps,” Ang said.
Ang informed that motorists should expect the upcoming openings of the Quirino exit (heading to Roxas Blvd.), Quirino entry, Nagtahan entry, E. Rodriguez Entry, and Sgt. Rivera (C3) exit.
Meanwhile, southbound access points to be opened soon include the A. Bonifacio entry, Sgt. Rivera (C3) exit, Sgt. Rivera (C3) entry, and Quirino exit.
With the opening of the Nagtahan exits, operational access ramps of Skyway 3 now include: Northbound—Buendia (Zobel) entry, Quirino Ave. exit, Nagtahan exit, Quezon Avenue exit, Quezon Ave. entry, A. Bonifacio exit and Balintawak exit; Southbound—Balintawak entry, Quezon Ave. exit, Quezon Ave. entry, E. Rodriguez exit, Nagtahan exit, Plaza Dilao entry, and Buendia (Zobel) exit.
Recently, SMC also opened the four-kilometer northbound section of the Skyway Extension project from Susana Heights to Sucat, allowing motorists from provinces south of Metro Manila to directly access the Skyway System without having to go through the Alabang viaduct.
“With the recent opening of Skyway Extension project, motorists from Batangas, Laguna, Cavite now enjoy the convenience of seamless travel to many points in Metro Manila, all the way to NLEX. With work on the southbound section now at an accelerated pace, we are closer to fully realizing seamless connection between southern and northern Luzon,” Ang promised.
The 18-kilometer Skyway Stage 3 is a game-changing project that significantly reduces travel time from Buendia to Balintawak in just 20 minutes, and Alabang to Balintawak to only about 30 minutes.
The Skyway Stage 3 and the Skyway Extension project are part of SMC’s 38-kilometer elevated Skyway System, which aims to reduce traffic congestion along major thoroughfares including EDSA and provide a seamless link from the South Luzon Expressway to the North Luzon Expressway.
Charles E. Buban is an old timer in the Philippine automotive journalism scene. He first started covering the automotive beat in 2003, writing news and reviews of new models and car tech, among other car-related stuff. When not writing about cars, he could often be seen riding his mountain bike or doing long walks in the hope of catching a couple of legendary Pokemons.