Skyway3 to withstand powerful earthquakes


THE contractor of the Skyway Stage 3 on Sunday assured motorists that the elevated highway will be resilient to strong earthquakes because it adheres to international standards.

Ana Gamboa, public information officer for the Skyway3, said the final engineering design of the project has been duly approved by concerned government agencies such as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

“We can’t start the construction of the project if we don’t have the design approved by concerned government agencies,” said Gamboa during the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA’s) weekly radio program on Sunday.

Gamboa said the operator of the Skyway is still looking for ways to prevent accidents in the elevated highway such as the accident involving a Don Mariano Transit that fell from the Skyway along Bicutan in Parañaque City, killing 21 people.

“The concern on railings and other issues are being addressed by the president of the Skyway,” she said.

The bus had been speeding on the rain-slick highway on December 16 when it struck the railing and fell four stories down the road below.

MMDA Assistant General Manager for Operations Emerson Carlos said his boss, Chairman Francis Tolentino, required the contractor to construct the Skyway3 round-the-clock.

“It is the requirement of Chairman Tolentino for the contractor to work 24/7 so that the project will be completed on time,” he added.

Skyway3, a 6-lane (2×3 lanes) fully elevated expressway with a length of 14.8 kilometers, will connect South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) to North Luzon Expressway (NLEX).

Tolentino also reminded the contractor to put signages of alternate routes being to be used during the construction.

“The alternate routes that were submitted by the contractor will be studied again by MMDA so that there will be no conflicts,” he added.


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