What roads to use to avoid Skyway 3 work

Posted at 02/17/14 8:13 PM

MANILA - Work starts Monday night on the Skyway Stage on Osmena Highway from Buendia in Makati to Quirino Avenue in Manila, with traffic jams expected until the project ends in 3 years.

The Citra Central Expressway Corp. (CECC) on Monday proposed options for motorists who often use the thoroughfare.

In a statement, CECC said highway’s center island and two southbound inner lanes, which will serve as the work site for the Skyway 3's advance work, will be enclosed.

Three existing northbound lanes along Osmena Highway will remain open to motorists, while three remaining southbound lanes will also be passable.

People who want to avoid the stretch of Osmena Highway between Quirino Avenue and the Buendia-end of the Skyway-SLEX may take alternate routes, which is shown in a map made by CECC.

Manila-bound motorists using the Skyway-SLEX are advised to exit at Magallanes, Don Bosco or Amorsolo, instead of exiting down the Buendia Off-Ramp.

"Adequate number of traffic personnel will be deployed around the vicinity of the work area to manage traffic and assist motorists," CECC said.

Full-scale construction of the project will start in April.

"Once completed in 36 months, the 14.8-kilometer Skyway Stage 3 project, which connects SLEX with North Luzon Expressway from the Buendia to Balintawak, aims to decongest EDSA, C-5 and other major thoroughfares in Metro Manila and reduce travel time from Buendia to Balintawak from 2 hrs to 20 minutes or less," CECC said.