MANILA – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is keen on completing the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 (MMSS3) project before the end of the year. In a video posted on his Facebook page, DPWH chief Mark Villar says, “We are here at the Skyway Stage 3, as you can see, the project is nearing completion. This is part of the Edsa decongestion program of our President (Rodrigo Duterte) and our target is December. By Christmas, this project will be completed.”
Expected to cut travel time down to 15 minutes from the previous two hours between Buendia in Makati City (south) to Balintawak in Quezon City (north), the 18.83-kilometer Skyway Stage 3 boasts to accommodate an average of 55,000 vehicles daily, says the DPWH chief in his report.
He also reports that the current status of the construction of the infrastructure project worth PhP37.43 billion is at 88.72 percent accomplished. Its Section 1 covering Buendia-Quirino-Nagtahan is 90.67 percent complete; Section 2A from Nagtahan to Tomas Claudio is 77.23 percent; Section 2B or Tomas Claudio to Ramon Magsaysay Avenue is 94.39 percent accomplished.
Section 3 or Ramon Magsaysay-Quezon Avenue is at 96.86 percent finished; Section 4 or Quezon Avenue-Balintawak, Quezon City is 75.67 percent; and Section 5 or Balintawak to NLEX Footbridge is 83.56 percent complete. Villar, however, added that the project status does not include Section 2A or the Tomas Claudio-PUP Sta. Mesa segment, which has yet to begin civil works.
Meanwhile, the DPWH announced that the section of the project that collapsed in lieu of a fire in February has already been replaced. The collapsed section of the project has been restored by the concessionaire Citra Central Expressway Corporation (CCEC), as it rushes civil works of the project to make up for the unforeseen delay.
“As of latest report, lower and upper coping beams for pier 3, 4, 5 were reconstructed, and deck slab for spans 5 and 6 were completed as well. These were the burned sections from the fire incident,” Villar said. (PNA) (IA/DS)