Skyway Stage 3 is now fully operational

All seven lanes and seven ramps may now be used by the public
by Leandre Grecia | Jan 15, 2021
PHOTO: Dmitrivalencia

This is it, ladies and gents. At long last, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and San Miguel Corporation (SMC) have officially opened Skyway Stage 3. We know a lot of you have been waiting a while for this to finally be completed.

This 18km elevated tollway connects the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) to the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX). It cuts travel time between the two thoroughfares from two hours to just 30 minutes. 

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Skyway Stage 3 also connects various cities in the capital. The DPWH says that through this expressway, motorists can travel from Makati City to Quezon City in just 20 minutes. It is expected to redirect as much as 55,000 motorists from EDSA, thus helping decongest the notorious thoroughfare as well as other roads around the metro.

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“At full capacity, with seven lanes available, Skyway can easily handle 50% of Edsa traffic, or 200,000 vehicles per day. Together with the existing Skyway 1 and 2, the Skyway system now has 38 kilometers of elevated expressway with 36 on- and off-ramp access points. This will greatly contribute to decongesting Metro Manila traffic,” said SMC president and CEO Ramon S. Ang during the opening ceremonies.

There are seven on-ramps and off-ramps—entry and exit points, respectively—located along this new portion of the Skyway. See the list below for more details:

Skyway Stage 3 Northbound:

  • Buendia on-ramp
  • Quezon Avenue on-ramp
  • Balintawak off-ramp
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Skyway Stage 3 Southbound:

  • Buendia off-ramp
  • Plaza Dilao on-ramp
  • Quezon Avenue off-ramp
  • Balintawak on-ramp

Passage through this portion, as mentioned in our previous stories, will remain free for a month. No word when exactly SMC will start charging motorists or how much the toll fees will be, though, so watch this space for further updates.

What do you think, motorists? Looking forward to using the fully opened Skyway Stage 3?

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