(SPOT.ph) Christmas season is right around the corner—and quarantine or not, it looks like the holiday traffic rush is coming back too. The recently completed Skyway 3 is giving everyone hope for Metro Manila's streets as an alternate route to EDSA, and San Miguel Corporation President Ramon Ang has made an even more exciting announcement: The tollway will ideally soft-open this December and motorists can use it for free.
"We are confident that we can soft-open Skyway 3 by December 2020," wrote Ang in a Facebook post on October 16. "We will open it to the public for FREE for one month so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of this long-awaited mega-project," he added with the emphasis. So while the December date isn't set in stone, the one-month free use of the Skyway is.
This means that motorists can use the entire 17.93-kilometer stretch of the Skyway 3, spanning from Buendia, Makati, to the North Luzon Expressway toll-free for quite a while. The San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is eyeing December for the soft-opening, so fingers-crossed it manages to coincide with Christmas.
As of now, SMC is working on the laying and proper curing of asphalt. "While we’re still doing a few finishing works, we want the public to be able to use Skyway 3 already and benefit from the convenience and ease of travel that it will bring," said Ang in a statement.
The Department of Public Works and Highways said that the Skyway Stage 3 will have eight access ramps:
- Buendia Avenue (South Super Highway, Makati City)
- President Quirino Avenue (Malate, Manila)
- Plaza Dilao (Paco, Manila)
- Nagtahan/Aurora Boulevard (Manila)
- E. Rodriguez Avenue (Quezon City)
- Quezon Avenue (Quezon City)
- Sgt. Rivera Street (Quezon City)
- North Luzon Expressway
this strange new world.