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SMC fulfills ‘dream highway’

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Travel from South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) to North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) will now only take 20 minutes, from around three hours previously while Magallanes to Balintawak will only take about 15 minutes.

This is because construction of the entire 17.93-kilometer stretch of the much-awaited Skyway 3 project linking Southern and Northern Luzon seamlessly has been finally completed.


It was done ahead of the original October 31 schedule the company earlier announced, following delays due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang said.


Ang said tavel from Balintawak to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will also beonly 15 minutes, and Valenzuela to Makati in just 10 minutes.


“I’m happy to announce that the whole structure of Skyway 3 is now complete. With this, Skyway 2 in Buendia is now officially extended all the way to the North Luzon Expressway. After many challenges, this project faced in previous years, the dream of connecting north and south and providing an alternative to Edsa is now a reality,” Ang said.


Ang, however, said the expressway cannot be opened to the public just yet, as finishing works, such as the proper curing of asphalt, have been delayed by continuous and heavy rains.


“We’re very excited to open Skyway 3 to the public. We just have to wait for the weather to improve so we can make sure that the asphalt will cure properly. That and a few more finishing touches are all that’s needed, and then we can open, soon,” he added.


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