By Betheena Unite
About six kilometers will be added to Metro Manila’s road network starting Monday with the completion of two segments of two major road projects in the metropolis.
The 3.7-kilometer segment of the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 from Buendia to Plaza Dilao in Paco, Manila will be opened Monday, while the 2.2-kilometer segment of the C-5 Southlink Expressway in Taguig City will be opened Tuesday.
“In time for the President’s fourth State of the Nation Address, at least two road segments will be opened,” Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said during the final inspection of both projects Sunday afternoon.
With the opening of the six-kilometer road portions, the overly-congested highways like Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA), Circumferential Road-5, Roxas Boulevard, and some parts of Manila will be eased as thousands of motorists will be given an option to bypass these busy roads.
C-5 South Link Expressway
The over two-kilometer segment of C-5 Southlink an elevated expressway, covers the SLEX/C5 Road to Merville in Parañaque. It is expected to benefit motorists from Paranaque, Las Pinas, and Cavite as this segment will be linked to two more segments, completing the whole 7.74-kilometer expressway project.
“Ito’ng two kilometers, you can see from Merville kung dati iikot pa sa service road at abutin pa ng 30 or 40 minutes ngayon wala pa yatang five minutes, 2 kilometer pa ang biyahe (This two kilometers as you can see before, vehicles from Merville will have to go through the service road first, taking them 30 to 40 minutes but with this segment, it will only take them five minutes),” Villar said.
“Makikita natin halos tapos na so maagang maaga ng Tuesday will be able to open (We cam see now that it is almost complete and early Tuesday morning we will be able to open this),” the secretary added.
From mid or late August, the segment will be toll-free. Toll fee would be pegged at P22 to P25 in the future.
Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3
Early Monday, the 3.7-kilometer stretch of the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 will open to motorist, extending the existing skyway from Buendia to Plaza Dilao in Manila.
“Sa ngayon hanggang Buendia lang yung Skyway kapag na-open ito at least hanggang Manila na rin, magkakaroon ng Manila exit (For now, the Skyway is only passable upto Buendia but with the opening of this portion, at least there will finally be a Manila exit),” Villar said.
The Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 is an 18.68-kilometer elevated expressway stretched over Metro Manila from Buendia, Makati City to Balintawak, Quezon City.
Once the whole alignment is completed, the two hour travel time from Makati to Balintawak in Quezon City will be drastically reduced to 15 minutes.
According to Villar, they were targeting 95-percent completion by the end of the year. It is expected to accommodate almost 50,000 vehicles every day.
Meantime, with the opening of the 3.7-kilometer portion, motorists in Manila will have an option to take the Skyway to avoid congested roads in the city. The stretch, however, will not be opened for trucks for now, Villar said.