SMC proposes elevated expressway above EDSA

San Miguel Corp. said Wednesday it will submit an unsolicited offer to build an elevated expressway along EDSA to ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila.

San Miguel  president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang told reporters the company planned to build a 10-lane elevated expressway on top of EDSA. He said the proposal would be submitted to the Transportation Department on Monday or Tuesday next week. 

Ang said the proposed EDSA elevated expressway would stretch from Macapagal Avenue in Pasay City to Samson Road in Caloocan City or Balintawak, Quezon City. 

SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang
San Miguel currently operates the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway, the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road, South Luzon Expressway, the Skyway System and the NAIA Expressway.

It is constructing the Skyway Stage 3, an 18.68-km, six-lane elevated expressway that will extend the existing Skyway from Buendia in Makati City to Balintawak, Quezon City and link the South Luzon Expressway to NLEX. The project aims to decongest major thoroughfares, including EDSA while creating new transport routes.

Skyway Stage 3 has four sections: Section 1 will run from Buendia to Plaza Dilao; Section 2 from Plaza Dilao to Aurora Blvd.; Section 3 from Aurora Blvd. to Quezon Avenue; and Section 4 from Quezon Ave. to EDSA/Balintawak. The project is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2020.

The company is also constructing Skyway Stage 4 which will start from the south of Metro Manila Skyway to Batasan Complex in Quezon City. The project is expected to be completed by 2022.

SMC Infrastructure is also building the 22-km Metro Rail Transit Line 7 from North Ave. in Quezon City to San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan.

The Department of Transportation said the construction of MRT-7 was nearly half-completed.  It said the ongoing civil works include the guideway construction, underground/depressed and at-grade excavation or concreting works and installation of coping beam, girder and trans-slabs on the elevated structures.

Aside from expressways, SMC Infrastructure has interests in water, airport and port businesses.

Topics: San Miguel Corp. , SMC , Ramon Ang , elevated expressway , traffic congestion , EDSA , Department of Transportation
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