TRAFFIC in Metro Manila may get worse from this year to 2017 as the construction of a 15-kilometer Skyway project that would link the Southern Tagalog region to Central and Northern Luzon starts soon.
Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said President Benigno Aquino 3rd himself will lead the launching of the Skyway 3 project, an elevated express- way that would cut across the cities of Makati, Manila and Quezon where daily traffic is usually heavy.
“During the week, the President will take part in the launching of the Skyway Stage 3, a 14.8-kilometer expressway meant to connect the South Luzon Expressway [SLEX] to the North Luzon Expressway [NLEX]. It will stretch from Buendia, Makati City to Balintawak, Quezon City,” Lacierda said.
The P26.5-billion project will be funded by the Citra Central Expressway Corporation and will be overseen by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB).
The flood free, mostly elevated six-lane expressway has an approximate length of 14.8 kilometers and is expected to help reduce pollution, provide greater comfort and safety to the motorists as well as large savings in travel time, fuel and vehicle maintenance costs. Upon its completion, travel time from Buendia Avenue in Makati to Balintawak in Quezon City will shorten from two hours or more to just 15 minutes.
Besides, the government said it will also provide around 6,000 direct jobs and an additional indirect jobs of around 10,000 during construction.
CCEC has reportedly adopted a unique engineering design of a “double-deck” roadway on certain sections of the Stage 3 alignment, from Plaza Dilao to N. Domingo in San Juan City and from Quezon Avenue to the end of Bonifacio Boulevard in Sgt. Rivera.
The elevated expressway will start at the end of the existing Skyway Stage 1 at Buendia and run through the length of Osmena Highway, Quirino Avenue, Paco, Santa Mesa via the Nagtahan flyovers, then to Aurora Boulevard and Araneta Avenue up to Sgt. Rivera, and end at the bend of A. Bonifacio Avenue toward the NLEX.
The DOTC explained that while traffic maybe worsened by the ongoing roadwork, the project will eventually help decongest EDSA and other major roads such as Quezon Avenue, Araneta Avenue, Nagtahan, and Quirino Avenue.
In a 2013 report released by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, it estimated that around P2.4 billion worth of economic and opportunity loss is incurred daily due to traffic congestion in Metro Manila. Also, an advocacy group called Respect Equals Discipline recently placed losses due to traffic at a whopping P1.3 trillion in the last decade.