People of Manila, brace yourselves: a traffic delubyo is coming, and there's pretty much nothing you can do about it!
The government asks for our patience and understanding, because Metro Manila is expected to be neck-deep in traffic in the next couple of years, no thanks to the start of the Skyway 3 Project. It's not like we're not used to all the chaos, but who knew things could actually get worse?
But if we're gonna go through this, it's imperative that we all know how and why. In the latest edition of FHM Explainer, we educate you about the pros and cons of this economy-defining road project. How long will this thing take? How bad will the traffic get? Who should you beat up for this atrocity? And, more important, what does the public get out of it? Read on to find out!
What is the Skyway 3 Project?
In a nutshell, the Skyway Stage 3 Project will link the North and South Luzon tollways through an elevated expressway. The 14-kilometer connector flyover, which is designed to run from the Buendia Exit of Skyway Stage 2 to Balintawak in Quezon City, aims to decongest traffic in Metro Manila, more particularly in EDSA, C5 Road, and Central Manila.
Let's put it this way: Whether you live in Makati, Mandaluyong, or Quezon City, the new Skyway's got you covered. Check out this infographic, courtesy of GMA News:
Sounds awesome! So why is everyone panicking?
Unfortunately, its construction may last all the way until 2017, which means all motorists and commuters are going to have to tough this one out for the next three years (maybe two if all goes smoothly). According to the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), we should all expect traffic of apocalyptic proportions while construction is ongoing.
Worse, the government is also set to start work on the second phase of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway, which will connect our airport to the seaside Entertainment City. That, and a slew of several other existing road projects (bridges, more flyovers, and connector roads).
A side trivia: Did you know that there are over 132,000 vehicles passing through Osmeña Highway per day? That's a whole lot of road rage!