A part of Skyway Stage 3 was partly launched on Monday, July 22 from Buendia in Makati City to Paco in Manila.
The section of Buendia-Paco is 3.7 kilometers away, with the exit via the Plaza Dilao Ramp. One northbound lane and one southbound lane were opened out of a total of 6 lanes.
Secretary for Public Works and Highways Mark Villar said this would ease traffic congestion in Buendia.
A peak velocity of 40 (km / h) will be retained along the primary viaduct. In addition, 20 km / h will be introduced at the ramps.
Skyway Stage 3 is an 18.68-kilometer highway from Buendia in Makati City to Balintawak in Quezon City. It will have 8 access ramps or interchanges:
Buendia (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) Sergeant Rivera Street (Quezon City) North Luzon Expressway (NLEX).
The Department of Public Works and Highways provided the following completion level updates for each segment of Skyway Stage 3:
Section 1from Buendia in Makati City to Quirino Avenue in Nagtahan, Manila – 83%, Section 2A from Nagtahan to Tomas Claudio – 34%
Section 2A1 from Tomas Claudio to PUP Sta Mesa – starting soon,
Section 2B from Tomas Claudio to Ramon Magsaysay Avenue – 60%,
Section 3 from Ramon Magsaysay Avenue to Balintawak – 81%,
Section 4 from Quezon Avenue to Balintawak – 51%, and from Balintawak to NLEX – 11%.
Overall, 60% of the Skyway Stage 3 is completed, Villar said. Its target date for completion is the 1st quarter of 2020.
The Skyway Stage 3 is seen to decrease travel time from two hours to just 15 to 20 minutes from Buendia to Balintawak.
It is one of the main initiatives under the Build, Build, Build program of the government.