The contractor of the Skyway Stage 3 on Sunday assured motorists that the elevated highway can withstand strong earthquakes.
Ana Gamboa, public information officer for the Skyway3, said the project’s final engineering design was 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 MMDA’s weekly radio program on Sunday.
She said the Skyway’s operator is still looking at ways on how to prevent accidents on the highway.
She noted the accident in December involving a passenger bus that fell from the Skyway, killing 21 people.
“The concern on railings and other issues are being addressed by the president of the Skyway,” Gamboa said.
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Assistant General Manager for Operations Emerson Carlos said MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino required the contractor to work on Skyway3 round-the-clock to complete the project on schedule.
The six-lane, 14.8-kilometer Skyway3 will connect the South and North Luzon Expressways.
Tolentino reminded the contractor to put up signs pointing to alternate routes during the construction period.
“The alternate routes that were submitted by the contractor will be studied again by MMDA so that there will be no conflicts,” he added.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO