San Miguel Corp. submitted last month an unsolicited offer to the Department of Transportation to build a $3-billion elevated expressway along EDSA.
“We already submitted it a month ago,” San Miguel president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang said.
“I hope we can convince him [Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade] to expedite the processing. If once we do that, we [can] start building it, let’s say middle of 2020 and it can be completed around two years after,” he said.
Ang said the proposed project would stretch from Macapagal Avenue in Pasay City to Samson Road in Caloocan City or Balintawak, Quezon City.
He said earlier that the project would have 10 lanes, consisting of five southbound lanes and five northbound lanes. San Miguel is looking at the 38-kilometer elevated steel expressway in Jakarta, Indonesia as the model of the project.
The steel road would be built above Metro Rail Transit Line 3 which runs along EDSA.
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.
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