THE construction of Skyway Stage 3 project is two percent ahead of schedule, according to its contractor.
Citra Central Expressway Corporation, the project proponent, said that the advance work is about 58 percent done as opposed to 56 percent set for the current date.
It said the 10 columns for the 90-day advance work schedule that started on February 17, when the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) gave its clearance, is due for completion on May 16.
The advance work is part of the construction of Section 1 of the Skyway 3 project, which extends from Buendia to Plaza Dilao/Quirino Ave.
The other sections are: Plaza Dilao-Aurora Blvd (Section 2), Aurora Boulevard-Quezon Avenue/Del Monte Avenue (Section 3) and Quezon Avenue-Bonifacio Avenue/Balintawak (Section 4).
The contractor has started the concreting of the pile caps over the bored piles.
“Columns construction will follow. At one column/day, 10 columns should be up before May 17,” Citra said.
It added that full-blast construction would start as soon as it receives the necessary permits as well as the government’s go-signal.
As of April 14, at least 37 bored piles that form part of the foundation for the Skyway superstructure have already been installed.
The bored pile work is followed by the installation of pile caps after which the columns are erected.
Skyway Stage 3 is a 14.8-kilometer elevated toll way bearing eight access points in strategic locations that will connect the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) with the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) from Buendia in Makati City to Balintawak in Quezon City.
The project aims to decongest traffic on Metro Manila’s major thoroughfares like the Epifanio delos Santos Avenue, C5 and Central Manila’s roads.