Department of Public Works Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar yesterday said the completion of the Metro Manila Skyway-Stage 3 Project on the first half of this year will help decongest EDSA of traffic by 20 to 30 percent.
During the weekly economic briefing at the New Executive Building (NEB) in Malacañang, Villar said the project, which will help connect the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), is already 76 to 80 percent complete and is targeted to open in April 2020.
He said an estimated 100,000 cars will be relieved from EDSA which currently has a capacity of 280,000 vehicles.
The Metro Manila Skyway-Stage 3 project is an 18.3-kilometer elevated expressway from Buendia, Makati City to the North Luzon Expressway in Balintawak, Quezon City. Travel time from Buendia to Balintawak is expected to be reduced from two hours to 15 to 20 minutes.
“This is the most important, the Skyway Stage 3. It’s an 18.3-kilometer viaduct connecting NLEX to SLEX,” Villar told reporters.
“You can see the ongoing construction. When the Skyway Stage 3 has been completed, travel time from Makati to Balintawak, if you are taking EDSA, will reach almost 1-1/2 to two hours. With the Skyway, the travel time from Makati to Balintawak would be reduced to 15 to 20 minutes,” he said.
“What can we expect with the EDSA decongestion by this year? By the second half of this year, we will relieve EDSA by 20 to 30 percent. This will be a great improvement on EDSA. For the first year starting this year and in subsequent years, we will see continued improvements along EDSA,” he added.
Villar said, at present, the volume of traffic on EDSA is currently at 400,000. Thus, there is a need to greatly reduce the number of vehicles passing along the highway and lessen the travel time there.
Villar also said that as part of the Duterte administration’s EDSA decongestion program worth P384 billion, traffic along the country’s most busiest highway will greatly be relieved.