The section of Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 that collapsed in February 2020 due to a fire has been rebuilt, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said project concessionaire Citra Central Expressway Corporation (CCEC) has been rushing civil works for Skyway Stage 3 to make up for the construction delays due to the fire and the pandemic.
The project is currently 88.72% complete, with only Section 2A representing the Tomas Claudio-Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Sta. Mesa segment still to begin civil works.
“We are intensifying our road right-of-way acquisition so we may soon begin construction at Section 2A. So far, we have acquired 231 out of the 350 lots that need to be acquired with permit to enter,” Villar said.
To date, the project’s Section 1 covering Buendia-Quirino-Nagtahan is 90.67% completed while the Section 2A covering Nagtahan-Tomas Claudio is 77.23% finished. Section 2B or Tomas Claudio-Ramon Magsaysay Avenue is 94.39% done; Section 3 or Ramon Magsaysay-Quezon Avenue is 96.86%; Section 4 or Quezon Avenue-Balintawak, Quezon City is 75.67%; and Section 5 or Balintawak to NLEX Footbridge is 83.56% completed.
When completed, the 18.83-kilometer Skyway Stage 3 is expected to reduce travel time between Buendia to Balintawak from the current two hours to only 15 to 20 minutes and accommodate an average of 55,000 vehicles daily.
It will also serve as a direct toll road link between North Luzon Expressway and South Luzon Expressway.