MANILA - The road that will connect the two most important tollways leading in and out of Metro Manila will be finished by March next year, the president of the conglomerate building the project said on Tuesday.
Ramon Ang, president and chief operating officer of San Miguel Corp., said he expects the Skyway Stage 3, also known as the SLEX-NLEX connector, to be finished by March 30, 2020.
Ang said the project was supposed to be finished by December this year, but was delayed by 3 months because of problems constructing over oil pipelines in the Pandacan district of Manila.
The project is expected to significantly reduce traffic in Metro Manila as it will allow motorists from the North and South of the capital to bypass major thoroughfares like EDSA and C5.
"Yung solution na 'yan, pag nayari na 'yan ng March 30, 2020, wala nang traffic yung northbound at southbound," Ang said in an interview with DZMM Teleradyo.
(That solution, once finished on March 30, 2020, there will be no more traffic northbound or southbound.)
Ang said Skyway Stage 3 will reduce the volume of vehicles on EDSA by up to 50 percent. Once finished, Skyway Stage 3 is expected to cut travel time between NLEX and SLEX to 15 to minutes from up to 2 hours.
Skyway Stage 3 is a 14.8-kilometer elevated tollway project connecting Skyway/SLEX Buendia to NLEX Balintawak. It is different from the Skyway Extension project which extends the existing toll road to Susana Heights/Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway.
A segment of Skyway Stage 3 was opened to the public last July, which cut travel time from Buendia in Makati to Paco, Manila to just 6 minutes from an hour previously.