'Skybridge' promises 15-minute Makati-QC travel

Posted at 01/02/2012 4:52 PM | Updated as of 01/03/2012 7:36 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino on Monday is seeking approval of a major road project that may ease traffic in Metro Manila.

Tolentino said the road project, dubbed as the “Skybridge," is an 8.3 kilometer thoroughfare that would be another alternative to EDSA for those traveling between Quezon City and Makati.

He acknowledged that the Skybridge project would be costly, but promised that it would shorten the travel time between Makati and Quezon City to just about 15 to 18 minutes.

It usually takes 40 minutes to an hour to travel from Quezon City to Makati, depending on traffic conditions.

“We would be unveiling a plan which we would be passing on to NEDA (National Economic and Development Authority) and DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways) before the end of the month (January) which would create a new thoroughfare, bypassing EDSA, without encountering road right of way problems during construction,” Tolentino told ANC.

“It would utilize our current esteros and transform it into another thoroughfare,” he added.

Tolentino did not provide details on the exact path the planned Skybridge would take, but said it would connect E. Rodriguez Avenue in Quezon City and the area near the Makati Racing Club.

Meanwhile, Tolentino said construction of two major flyovers, the Lanuza and Julia Vargas flyovers, will begin this year.

He also said the DPWH plans to extend the existing expressway of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA-3) to Roxas Boulevard to ease traffic in the area.

According to DPWH's website, the 5.2-kilometer NAIA Expressway (Phase II) project would cost P6.76 billion.

"It is a 4-lane elevated expressway with a total length of 5.2 kms. Starting from Sales St. going to Andrews Ave, Domestic Road, MIA Rd. and ends at Roxas Blvd. It includes to construction of toll plaza and 5 on and off ramps,” the website said, referring to the project.