Traffic to worsen as works in Skyway Stage 3 starts

  • Motorists are warned to brace for more traffic woes in Osmeña Highway
  • Works on excavation, columns and beams will run for three months
  • Trucks, containers vans and other vehicles higher than 4.5 meters will be diverted to alternate routes

Motorists using the Osmeña Highway stretch from Buendia, Makati City to Quirino Highway in Manila were warned that traffic is about to get worse as works on the Skyway Stage 3 starts.

As per an InterAksyon story, works on excavation, columns and beams started at 10 pm on Monday, August 15. San Miguel Corp. and Indonesia’s Citra Group, concessionaires of the project dubbed the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3, warned northbound motorists (from Makati to Manila) that the construction works will run for three months.

Motorists coming from the Skyway are advised to use the Skyway Magallanes off-ramp or the Skyway Don Bosco off-ramp when going to Makati City. Those who are coming from Skyway Buendia off-ramp will not be allowed to veer left to use the Buendia flyover – they will have to use the Osmeña service road toward their destination in Manila.

To somehow alleviate the traffic flow in the area, trucks, container vans and other vehicles higher than 4.5 meters will no longer be allowed to use Osmeña Highway and will be diverted to alternate routes.

According to the Department of Public Works and Highways, once completed, the 14.2-kilometer Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 is expected to decongest EDSA and other major roads (Quezon Ave., Araneta Ave., Nagtahan, Quirino Ave, etc) by as much as 55,000 vehicles daily based on initial projected patronage. Also, travel time from Buendia to Balintawak would be shortened from the usual two hours to just 15 to 20 minutes.