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Skyway to the Future

Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 17 2018 07:08 AM | Updated as of Feb 17 2018 08:39 PM

MANILA - The massive columns and beams of the Skyway Extension that is under constructions looms large over the daily gridlocks on the streets below.

Motorists bear with longer traffic jams due the construction on the promise that once finished, the Skyway Extension Stage 3 will cut travel time from Balintawak to Buendia to 15 minutes from 2 hours.

The nearly 15-kilometer stretch will connect the North and South Luzon Expressways, a much needed alternative for motorists seeking to avoid metro traffic. The target for completion is in 2020.

For the laborers who toil for one of the government's big ticket infrastructure projects, the order is to "build, build, build" and do it fast for the future.

The Skyway Stage 3 currently in progress along Osmeña Highway. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Traffic builds up as the construction of one of the ramps is ongoing. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Workers in a frenzy of activity as the Skyway Stage 3 progresses near Buendia Avenue. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Columns are erected for the Skyway's Quezon City stages. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Workers labor on the steel reinforcements for the pavement. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Workers prepare one of the piers that will support the heavier steel girders, the large beams spanning column to column that will connect the elevated highway. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Workers busy in between steel girders that form the Skyway's foundation. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Workers prepare the base for one of the beams. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Piers, the tall concrete columns that will hold the elevated beams, rise above the road level. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

The frames that will hold the piers are set up by the workers. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Workers prepare one of the piers for the heavier steel girders. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Moving heavy equipment for the Skyway construction stops traffic on Quirino Highway. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Pouring of concrete for the road or 'slabbing' is usually scheduled at night. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

One of the concrete girders or beams is lifted up between two piers. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Workers check the lining of the lifted concrete girder. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Workers exercise before work begins in the morning. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Workers in a "toolbox meeting" before the morning shift begins. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A worker scales the frame for one of the entry ramps to the Skyway. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

The steel core of a concrete column is prepared by workers. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Workers work underneath the frame for one of the piers. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Workers carry steel bars that will go into one of the steel frames of the concrete pavement. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Workers traverse the expanse in between concrete columns as they go about their work. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Workers pass buckets of concrete manually to reach a narrow area of a girder. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Old meets new as the Skyway gets erected alongside the aging tenement housing along Osmeña Highway. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Workers catch a ride on one of the vehicles delivering acetylene tanks for welding. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Work reaches sunset on the Skyway Stage 3 project. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News