MANILA, Philippines –The Citra Central Expressway Corp. (CECC) is appealing for the public’s understanding and cooperation as advance work for the Skyway Stage 3 project is set to begin, which is expected to cause heavy traffic in several roads in Manila.
CECC said the initial phase of the construction is the cutting and balling of trees and seedlings planted along the project alignment from Buendia to the corner of Quirino Avenue.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has authorized this activity under ECC-NCR-1206-0126 and DNF-UFD-C/B P#2013-07-123, CECC said.
The project's work site, which will occupy the center island and 2 of the 5 southbound travel lanes along Osmena Highway from F. Torres Street towards Quirino Avenue in Manila, will then be enclosed and boarded up for excavation, foundation and column works.
CECC said it is coordinating with the city government of Manila and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in implementing traffic re-routing in these areas.
Safety devices and advisories will also be put in place and adequate number of traffic personnel will be deployed in the work area to assist motorists.
The 14.8-kilometer, 6-lane Skyway Stage 3 project will connect the South Luzon Expressway with North Luzon Expressway from the Buendia-end of the Skyway in Makati City to Balintawak, Quezon City.
The elevated expressway aims to decongest the major roads of Metro Manila, particularly EDSA and C-5 and reduce travel time from Buendia to Balintawak from 2 hours to 20 minutes or less.
Project proponent CECC is a joint venture corporation of Citra Lamtoro Gung Persada and the Philippine National Construction Corporation in partnership with San Miguel Corporation.
CECC expects to start full-scale construction by April this year and complete the project in 3 years.