San Miguel Corp. on Thursday opened the Nagtahan northbound and southbound exit ramps of the new Skyway Stage 3 elevated expressway.
SMC president Ramon Ang said that with the opening of the Nagtahan exit ramps, motorists could further reduce their travel time to Manila.
“The concessionaire is taking advantage of the dry season to fast-track the completion of ramps as we want more motorists to reap the benefits of additional interchanges in between Buendia and NLEX,” Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said.
“The timely opening of all interchanges will also further reduce traffic along major NCR roads, most specifically Edsa, Quezon Avenue, Araneta Ave, Nagtahan, and Quirio Ave.,” he said.
Ang said that San Miguel was committed to fully delivering the remaining access ramps of Skyway 3 soon.
"With the Nagtahan exits, motorists coming from both SLEX and NLEX or other points of entry to the Skyway 3 can now opt to get to their destinations in Manila faster, without having to go through traffic, or contribute to traffic on major public roads and busy streets,” Ang said.
SMC, which fully-funded the Skyway Stage 3 project, including the acquisition of right-of-way properties and reconstruction of public bridges, to ensure no government funds or taxpayer money is spent on the project, officially opened the main alignment of the elevated expressway in January. Because of right-of-way issues, delivery of some access ramps came later.
“With the support of government agencies like the DPWH and the DOTR and the political will of President Duterte, we were able to accomplish more, even with quarantine restrictions in place. We are counting on their continued support as continue to work full blast to complete the remaining ramps,” Ang said.
Ang said that northbound ramps that would be opened soon include the Quirino exit (heading to Roxas Blvd.), Quirino entry, Nagtahan entry, E. Rodriguez Entry and Sgt. Rivera (C3) exit. Meanwhile, southbound access points to be opened soon are the A. Bonifacio entry, Sgt. Rivera (C3) exit, Sgt. Rivera (C3) entry and Quirino exit.
With the opening of the Nagtahan exits, operational access ramps of Skyway 3 now include Northbound—Buendia (Zobel) entry, Quirino Avenue exit, Nagtahan exit, Quezon Ave. exit, Quezon Ave. entry, A. Bonifacio exit and Balintawak exit; Southbound—Balintawak entry, Quezon Ave. exit, Quezon Ave. entry, E. Rodriguez exit, Nagtahan exit, Plaza Dilao entry and Buendia (Zobel) exit.