Based on the petition sent by the San Miguel Corporation (SMC), the proposed toll for the entire stretch of the newly opened Skyway 3 can reach up to P274.
Yes, you read that right!
The proposed fees for the Skyway 3 will range from P110 to P274 depending on the proposed toll matrix.
On the 21-page petition dated back on January 8th, The SMC asked the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) to approve its proposed fees.
The document reveals that the proposed toll fees for the newest Skyway 3 will be P110 for those driving the short southern section of Skyway.
Motorists are required to pay a toll of P133 when travelling on the norther portion of Skyway 3 (i.e. Quezon Ave to NLEX/Balintawak).
The proposed fee is P274 for crossing the “complete length” of the Skyway 3.
It was not specified in the document what vehicle types would pay that amount.
How Much Does the Skyway 3 Cost?
The cost of the construction of the 18-kilometer tollway was at P66.1 billion, according to SMC.
This is 63 percent higher than the revised cost of P36.2 billion OK-ed by the TRB back in 2014.
As per the petition, the increase in the ROW cost due to substantial delays in the implementation of the project.
The increase in the current project cost in mainly due to the implementation of several variations in order to address ROW (right-of-way) availability, utilities relocation issues.”
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It is also important to bear in mind, however, that the Skyway 3 is intended to be a toll road and an elevated premium one.
Thanks to San Miguel Corporation and Ramon S. Ang, the Skyway 3 proposed fees is free until February 1st. They will begin charging fees for the usage of the Skyway after the said date
Skyway 3 is Now Open to the Public
Last December 29th, the Skyway 3 partially became available to motorists. On January 14, all seven (7) lanes were opened to the public.
In 2014, the construction of Skyway 3 began, but due to delays and ROW problems, the completion date was postponed several times.
The Skyway 3 is among the road projects listed as a possible solution to traffic congestion in Metro Manila by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Factors Affecting the Proposed Toll Fees in Skyway 3
San Miguel Corporation’s decision to increase the full alignment toll rate to P274 had several factors behind it. Some of which include:
- Travel demand forecast;
- Inflation rate changes;
- Legal changes and fees; and
- So on.
But, the key factor determining the toll charge was the gross building cost of the Skyway 3 and the ROW.
How Many Motorists Can the Skyway Cater Each Day?
With the complete opening of all seven lanes of Skyway 3, Ang said that the toll road could accommodate over 200,000 vehicle per day; this is half the entire volume of Edsa, the busiest highway in the Metro.
Travel Time When Using Skyway 3
According to the DPWH, the construction of the Skyway 3 scheme, connecting the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), is already capable of assisting tens of thousands of vehicles.
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As per Mark Villar, DPWH Secretary, the travel time from southern to norther part of Metro Manila would be cut by 90 minutes.
When Skyway Stage 3 is opened, travel time from SLEX to NLEX will be reduced from 2 hours to only 30 minutes. Makati to Quezon City will only be 20 minutes away.”
In Balintawak, Quezon City, the Skyway 3 from Buendia, Makati to NLEX, is a 17.93-KM expressway.
Skyway stage 3 was one of 23 projects aimed as per Villar, and from the onset of his administration, President Rodrigo Duterte has worked to decongest EDSA.
The completion of the girder construction of Skyway Stage 3 shows the President’s political will to connect every city in Metro Manila within a 30-minutes frame.”
Among other projects include:
- NLEX Harbor Connection;
- BGC-Ortigas Link Bridge;
- NLEX SLEX Connector;
- Pantaleon Estrella Bridge;
- Binondo Intramuros Bridge;
- Lawton Road;
- Katipunan Extension;
- Laguna Lake Expressway;
- And Others
What is the Next of San Miguel Corporation?
Conglomerate San Miguel Corporation is planning a number of new infrastructure ventures; including the opening of a p735 billion airport in Bulacan by 2025 and new highways.
As the huge Skyway stage 3’s elevated proposed fees, we can expect value to what we will be paying for.
What are your thoughts on the proposed fees for the ever-famous Skyway 3? Do you think it’s fair and just?
Source/s: Top Gear PH