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South East Metro Manila Expressway project begins

San Miguel Corp. (SMC) has started work on an expressway project that is seen to cut travel time between Taguig City and the Batasan Complex in Quezon City to only 35 minutes.

The project, formally known as the South East Metro Manila Expressway, is estimated to cost P45 billion and targeted for completion by 2020. According to the DOTr, the 34-kilometer expressway will link SMC’s Skyway Stage 1 in the Food Terminal Inc. complex in Taguig City to the Batasan complex. Eventually, the expressway will connect to the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) via Balagtas.

The project, which is part of the Metro Manila C-6 Expressway project, will have six lanes, both for elevated and at-grade sections.

“Aside from decongesting roads in Manila and Quezon City, particularly major road networks such as EDSA, C-5, Ortigas Avenue, and its extension, [South East Metro Manila Expressway] shall likewise provide commuters and motorists fast and direct access by South and Southeast, as well as Metro Manila inter-city travelers, to major international and domestic airports,” the DOTr noted.

The DOTr said the project has a concession period of 30 years. SMC-led Citra Intercity Tollways Inc. is the project concessionaire for the C-6 expressway.

According to the DOTr, the C-6 expressway project will have a second phase involving a 24.28-kilometer expressway that would provide links to San Mateo, Rizal and San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan.

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