When it comes to travel, we often hear the saying that “half the journey is getting there.”

Unfortunately, with heavy traffic in the metro most often than not, this isn’t always a good thing. Wasting time inside the vehicle, it’s hard for travelers to find something to smile about during
long commutes.

That’s time that they could have used to explore their destination longer or more meaningfully. An hour or two stuck in traffic could mean the difference between pushing through a planned itinerary and cancelling a couple of activities for lack of time.

This is why the opening of the the Skyway Stage 3 expressway is welcome news to travelers and motorists alike. At 18 kilometers long, it is the longest elevated toll road in the country. With this, travelers can now pass through the elevated highway from the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) to the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), and vice versa—without having to traverse the often heavily congested EDSA.

This means significantly less time for travelers on the road. The opening of the expressway is expected to provide a huge boost to the country’s post-pandemic recovery, as well as spur local tourism among regions.

The Skyway 3 is seen to dramatically reduce travel time between Makati to NLEX to only 20 minutes, and Alabang and NLEX to only 30 minutes. It will also serve as an alternative to Edsa for those traveling between Metro Manila cities, reducing traffic on the country’s busiest thoroughfare.

The seven-lane expressway was officially opened in January 14. The Skyway can easily handle 50 percent of EDSA traffic, or 200,000 vehicles per day.

Together with the existing Skyway 1 and 2, the Skyway system now has 38 kilometers of elevated expressway, with 36 on- and off-ramp access points.