SMC to temporarily close Skyway Stage 3 on Jan. 6 and 7

The newly soft-opened Skyway Stage 3 project will be temporarily closed to motorists starting tonight to make way for additional works in preparation for its official opening on January 14.

In a statement on Wednesday, San Miguel Corp. said that the 18-kilometer elevated expressway will be closed from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. on January 6 and 7.

Skyway management said that the closure will be done primarily to enable the installation of streetlights and other construction activities.

“We’re happy that the Skyway 3 is helping ease travel and will efficiently reduce the volume of traffic along EDSA as we envisioned it. There’s still some finishing work on the main north-to-south stretch that we are completing, but come January 14, motorists can expect an even better experience at Skyway 3,” SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang said.

“For these closures, we will start installing our street lights. This will further improve motorists’ experience and make the expressway even safer. As they enjoy toll-free travel at Skyway 3, may we also remind motorists to be mindful of the speed limit and practice usual road courtesy with fellow motorists,” Ang added.

The expressway is still undergoing full completion work, but was opened last December 29 to enable motorists to experience seamless travel from north to south of Metro Manila.

Ang said that the company appreciates the positive feedback it has been receiving from motorists who have passed the expressway.

The company said that many motorists have marveled at how the elevated expressway has drastically cut travel time, particularly between Makati to North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), which now only takes 20 minutes. Travel time between Alabang and NLEX, meanwhile, now only takes 30 minutes.

Ang earlier said that the Skyway 3 will be toll-free for motorists for one month and an initial four lanes will be opened. SMC will formally open all seven lanes of the 18-kilometer stretch from Buendia, Makati to NLEX on January 14.

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