Today, January 14, 2021, marks not only the official opening of the new Skyway 3. It likewise begins a new way of travel for motorists in Metro Manila.
The opening ceremonies held earlier today were attended by San Miguel Corporation (SMC) officials led by its President and Chief Operating Officer, Ramon S. Ang, as well as government officials led by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte. The opening symbolizes a new beginning in the way motorists will travel through the Metro—having the 18km expressway connecting NLEX to SLEX as a viable way to cut travel times and avoid congested thoroughfares like EDSA.
But even as SMC opens the 7-lane Skyway 3, it has already set out to build an equally groundbreaking piece of infrastructure, the Pasig River Expressway. This 19.4km, 6 lane elevated expressway, as the name suggests, will run along the banks of the famed Pasig River. It is poised to connect R10 in Manila to C5 and beyond in the eastern portion of the Metro, specifically to Rizal province.
The new east to west connector highway will cut travel time to and from Manila to Rizal and vice-versa, as well as make it much faster to get to business districts such as Makati, Ortigas, and BGC. Target opening is slated for 2023.
Moreover, SMC plans to connect both the Pasig River Expressway and the Skyway system (Skyway 1, 2, 3, and Skyway Extension) to make traveling within the Metro and to and from the outskirts of Bulacan and Laguna much easier and seamless.
Indeed, all this promises to bring in a new way of travel.