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Mark Villar eyes opening 2 lanes of Skyway Stage 3 main alignment by end-2019

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Traffic jams along EDSA and C5 is expected to ease soon with the opening of two lanes of Skyway Stage 3’s main alignment by year end.

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said Thursday that the opening of the north- and southbound lanes will happen at the same time as the completion of the 18.68-kilometer elevated expressway from Buendia, Makati to Balintawak, Quezon City.

Villar said the Skyway Stage 3 is about 75 percent complete at the moment.

He said the alternative route is expected to be fully operational by the first quarter of 2020.

Skyway Stage 3 which will have eight access ramps/interchanges strategically located as follows: Buendia Avenue, (South Super Highway, Makati City), Pres. Quirino Avenue (Malate, Manila), Plaza Dilao (Paco, Manila), Nagtahan/Aurora Boulevard (Manila), E. Rodriguez Avenue (Quezon City), Quezon Avenue (Quezon City), Sgt. Rivera St. (Quezon City) and NLEX.

It is expected to reduce travel time from Buendia, Makati City to Balintawak, Quezon City from the current two hours to just 15 minutes to 20 minutes.