It was announced this weekend that the construction of the much-anticipated Skyway 3 project has been completed. This newly-built road links Southern and Northern Luzon seamlessly, and it stretches by about 17.93 km.
Despite the delays caused by the ongoing pandemic, this accomplishment was done before its supposed target date which is on October 31. Given this new infrastructure, travel time from SLEX to NLEX will now only take 20 minutes. This has been a vast improvement over the previous 3 hours of travel time. Now apart from that, Magallanes to Balintawak will only take about 15 minutes, Balintawak to NAIA also only 15 minutes, and Valenzuela to Makati in just 10 minutes. However, it is worth noting that the expressway still can’t be opened to the public, given that the finishing details were somewhat delayed due to the continuous flow of heavy rains, including the proper curing of asphalt.
Given the sudden ease of COVID-19 restrictions last mid-May to June this year, the company has been doubling efforts in order to render better productivity in its major infrastructure projects and avoid as little delays as possible. Upon recall, the last section of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) which extends to Rosario, La Union was already accomplished.
It was also elaborated by Mr. Ang that there are still other projects they are looking into. Apart from the accomplishment of the Skyway 3, the company is also looking into delivering the northbound section of the Skyway Extension, which is set to have additional lanes that connect the South Luzon Expressway to Skyway near Susana Heights and the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway by December this year. Another one would be the P740 billion Manila International Airport project in Bulacan, which is said to be the largest single-item investment in Philippine history.
Despite the economic slowdown, Mr. Ang is motivated to push through with all its major infrastructure projects. Beneficially speaking, this shall generate jobs that should contribute to the fast recovery of the economy.