Manila Standard Today, 15 January 2014
Citra Central Expressway Corp. will launch the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 Project this January to link the north and south luzon tollways through an elevated expressway, the company said.
In a statement from Dodik Marseno, CCEC director, issued Monday, work on the 14-kilometer connector road will start in April along OsmeĂ±a Highway from F. Torres Street toward Quirino Avenue in Manila.
The construction is expected to cause traffic buildup but the company will coordinate â€świth Metro Manila Development Authority, the local traffic police and concerned barangays (on) traffic re-routing and counterflow (with) timely advisories, through signages, flyers, social media sites and radio broadcast for the benefit of the public.â€ť
CCEC, Stage 3 proponent and concessionaire, is a joint corporation of Citra Lamtoro Gung Persada and the Philippines National Construction Corporation in partnership with San Miguel Corporation.
Advance works will involve excavation, bored piling, pile cap and column works, according to CCEC.
The Stage 3 elevated expressway starts at the end of Skyway Stage 1 along Buendia, running the length of OsmeĂ±a Highway, Quirino Avenue, Paco, Sta. Mesa via the Nagtahan flyovers, traversing Aurora Blvd and Araneta Ave. up to Sgt Rivera Road and A Bonifacio Ave. toward North Luzon Expressway.
â€śSkyway Stage 3, which connects South Luzon Expressway and NLEX, aims to decongest traffic in Metro Manila, more particularly on EDSA, C5 Road and Central Manila,â€ť the company said.
Business Mirror, 14 January 2014
By Lenie Lectura
San Miguel Corp. (SMC)-backed Citra Metro Manila Tollways Corp. (CMMTC) will groundbreak this month its P26.5-billion road project that will link the North Luzon and South Luzon Expressways.
In a text message, SMC President Ramon Ang said the groundbreaking ceremony will be held â€śend of January.â€ť Thereafter, he added, construction will commence immediately.
MalacaĂ±ang, in September, approved the third stage of the Metro Manila Skyway project that will connect Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue in Makati City to Balintawak in Quezon City through a 14.2-kilometer, six-lane â€śconnector road.â€ť
The project will be fully funded and built by CMMTC, the major shareholder of which is SMC. The DOTC and the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) will oversee construction.
The DOTC said this new road is expected to help decongest Edsa and other major roads such as Quezon Avenue, Araneta Avenue, Nagtahan and Quirino Avenue and greatly reduce travel time from Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue to Balintawak from the usual two hours or more to just 15 minutes.
The first section of the roadway from Buendia to Nagtahan may be opened for service by early 2016. Full completion of the project may take three years.
â€śThe DOTC along with the DPWH, the MMDA and local governments of Makati, Manila and Quezon City will surely coordinate and do their best to minimize traffic inconvenience throughout the route of the project,â€ť Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said.
According to the DOTC the â€śflood freeâ€ť expressway â€świll help reduce pollution, provide greater comfort and safety to the motorists and result to large savings in travel time, fuel and vehicle maintenance costs.â€ť
Further, the agency said the project will provide around 6,000 direct jobs and an additional indirect jobs of about 10,000 during construction.
The project is separate from another connector road that Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation is pursuing at a cost of P22.95 billion.
Manila Bulletin, 13 January 2014
By Kris Bayos
Manila, Philippines â€“ The long overdue construction of an elevated expressway that will link the North and South Luzon Expressways (NLEX-SLEX) is expected to commence this year, with the groundbreaking of Skyway Stage 3 scheduled this month.
Citra Central Expressway Corp. (CCEC) said full-scale construction of the 14.8-kilometer toll road extension will start by April.
CCEC is a joint corporation of Citra Lamtoro Gung Persada and the Philippines National Construction Corporation in partnership with San Miguel Corporation.
CCEC holds the concession for the Metro Manila Skyway System and is the proponent of the NLEX-SLEX Connector Road.
In a statement, CCEC spokesperson Anna Gamboa said advance works such as excavation, bored piling, pile cap and column works will start along OsmeĂ±a Highway from F. Torres Street towards Quirino Avenue in Manila immediately after the groundbreaking. She warned motorists of the inconvenience that the construction will cause.
â€ś(Skyway) do everything possible to keep traffic moving and keep the motorists, commuters and workers alike safe at all times. It will install necessary safety devices and deploy an adequate number of traffic personnel on the work site to assist motorists,â€ť she said.
CCEC will coordinate with the Metro Manila Development Authority, the local traffic police and concerned barangays for traffic re-routing and counter-flow.
â€śTimely advisories, through signage, flyers, social media sites and radio broadcast will also be issued for the benefit of the public,â€ť Gamboa said.
The NLEX-SLEX Connector Road is designed to run from the Buendia Exit of Skyway Stage 2 to Balintawak in Quezon City, where the NLEX starts. The 14.2-kilometer toll road will predominantly traverse the median of C3 Road and Araneta Avenue and cuts through the busy thoroughfares of Central Manila in Osmena Highway, Quirino Avenue, Sta. Mesa, Araneta Ave. and A. Bonifacio Road. Construction of the six-lane Skyway Stage 3 will take at least three years to complete and will cost about P26.5 billion, according to the CCEC.
Gamboa said CCEC will adopt an engineering design that is a first-in-the Philippines to strategically cut down the process of right-of-way acquisition and speed up project completion.
GMA News, 27 September 2013
The Philippine Star, 27 September 2013
MANILA, Philippines – MalacaĂ±ang has approved the contract for the Metro Manila Skyway (MMS) Stage 3 project which would connect two major expressways in Luzon.
The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) said Friday the new road is expected to help decongest EDSA and other major roads such as Quezon Avenue, Araneta Avenue, Nagtahan, and Quirino.
The agency said the six-lane expressway, which has an approximate length of 14.2 kilometers, is flood-free and mostly elevated.
It will connect the Southern Luzon Expressway to the Northern Luzon Expressway.
“[The expressway] will help reduce pollution, provide greater comfort and safety to the motorists and result to large savings in travel time, fuel and vehicle maintenance costs,” the DOTC said.
The agency claims the new road would reduce travel time from Buendia, Makati to Balintawak, Quezon City to just 15 minutes.
In a 2013 report released by The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) said in a 2013 report that around P2.4 billion worth of economic and opportunity loss is incurred daily due to traffic congestion in Metro Manila.
The P26.5-billon project will be fully funded by the Citra Central Expressway and will be overseen by the DOTC and the Toll Regulatory Board.
The project is estimated to be completed in three years with round-the-clock construction expected by the second quarter of 2014.
Meantime, DOTC Secretary Joseph Abaya said the first section of the roadway from Buendia to Nagtahan may be opened for service by early 2016.
He added that the Skyway project will also enhance economic opportunities as it will provide around 6,000 direct jobs and 10,000 indirect jobs during construction.