The Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 project that will link the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) and the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) was launched on Wednesday, January 22, 2013, headed by no less than President Benigno Aquino III.
Manila Skyway 3 Scale Model (Photo: Kristine Sabillo Twitter)
The PhP26.7 billion Metro Manila Skyway project stage 3 is consists of a 14.8 kilometers of six-lane elevated expressway that will complete the Skyway System from Alabang to Balintawak.
The Skyway project is expected to decongest the traffic in Metro Manila. The Skyway Stage 3 will connect the Skyway Stage 1 at Buendia, runs along Osmeña Highway, Quirino Ave. towards Plaza Dilao, continues crossing Pasig River, then cuts through at the back of SM Sta. Mesa towards G. Araneta Ave., crosses Aurora Blvd., E. Rodriguez and Quezon Ave. towards Sgt. E. Rivera then along A. Bonifacio towards Balintawak.
President Aquino was joined by Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, and Ramon Ang, President and CEO of San Miguel Corp. The Manila Skyway project concessionaire, Citra Central Expressway Corp. (CCEC), is a joint corporation of Citra Lamtoro Gung Persada and the PNCC in partnership with San Miguel Corp.
Aside from the President of the Philippines and the project concessionaire, present during the launching ceremony were former President Fidel V. Ramos. DPWH Sec. Rogelio Singson, and MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino.
The Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 Project (MMSS3P) starts its preliminary work on Osmeña Highway from F. Torres Street to Quirino Avenue in Manila while the full-scale construction starts in April, with CCEC targeting completion of the project in 36 months or less.