Ramon Ang, San Miguel Corporation’s (SMC) president and COO, has announced that the Skyway Stage 3 will be toll-free, once it opens to the public before the Christmas holidays.
“We’re very proud and excited about this project, because it will truly make a big difference to so many people’s lives -- especially with our economy slowly opening up and with more vehicles coming back to our roads,” Ang said.
The conglomerate is looking to soft-open the entire 18-km newly-completed and much-anticipated Skyway 3 expressway by December. It can be enjoyed by motorists, toll-free, for an entire month.
“While we’re still doing a few finishing works, we want the public to be able to use Skyway 3 already and benefit from the convenience and ease of travel that it will bring. We have all waited long for this project, so this is the best way we can welcome everyone, by making Skyway 3 free for one month,” Ang added.
The project, which took a total of six years to complete due to numerous challenges, including right-of-way issues and major changes to its design and alignment, is seen to greatly improve travel times and traffic conditions in and around Metro Manila.
Seamlessly connecting the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) with the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), it will also serve as an alternative to EDSA, with its eight access points that traverse Makati, Manila, San Juan, and Quezon City.
These access points include Buendia, Plaza Dilao, Nagtahan, Aurora Blvd., Quezon Ave., Sgt. Rivera, Balintawak, and NLEX.
Bear in mind that while the Skyway Stage 3 will be toll-free, all expressway rules will still apply. As such, only motorcycles 400cc and above will be allowed to enter.