San Miguel Corp. (SMC) yesterday opened two new ramps of the elevated expressway Skyway Stage 3.
Ramon Ang, SMC president and chief operating officer, announced the opening of the A. Bonifacio northbound off-ramp, just before the Cloverleaf Mall in Balintawak, and the E. Rodriguez southbound off-ramp on Araneta Ave. which also provides access to España.
“Our Skyway 3 engineers and construction personnel worked double time to be able to open these two new ramps, better serve motorists, and provide them seamless and convenient travel,” said Ang.
“With the opening of these ramps, those who are coming from Alabang, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Pasay, or Makati will no longer have to take EDSA and get stuck in several traffic chokepoints in order to get to Balintawak,” he said.
Those coming from North Luzon Expressway and heading to Quezon City, on the other hand, can opt to take Skyway 3 to get to E. Rodriguez Avenue, he added.
Ang said the contractors of SMC Infrastructure are working continuously to deliver other access ramps. Full completion of these were delayed due to pending right-of-way acquisition.
“Despite delays, we’re excited for the next access points to be opened soon. For northbound motorists, next to be opened will be the Quirino entry, Nagtahan entry, E. Rodriguez entry, and C3 exit,” Ang said.
For southbound, soon to be opened are the Circumferential Road 3 (C3) entry, C3 exit, A. Bonifacio entry, Plaza Dilao exit and Nagtahan exit, he added.
“Once all of these access points are opened, traffic in many parts of Metro Manila, especially major thoroughfares, will be virtually a thing of the past. People will be able to get from one place to another within the city much faster and easier, without the stress.
And because of this, our main thoroughfares and city streets will also be decongested, making travel for those not using the expressway better as well,” Ang said.