The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Transportation Toll Regulatory Board (DOTr - TRB) led the groundbreaking of the first phase of the Southeast Metro Manila Expressway (SEMME) today, January 8.
“Ngayon, nagpupulong tayo para maisakatuparan ang pangarap ng taumbayan na mapasimulan itong C-6 expressway project. Ang mensahe natin ngayong umaga — nagawa ang proyektong ito dahil united at buo ang gabinete ng pangulo," said DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, according to a statement issued by the agency. ("We are gathered today to fully realize the dream of the people to begin the C-6 expressway project. Our message this morning is that we are able to work on this project because the entire Cabinet of the President is united and working as one").
Also known as the C-6 Expressway Project, the SEMME is expected to cut travel time from Bicutan, Taguig to Batasan, Quezon City to just 35 minutes, the DOTr said. Currently, commuting between the two places takes an hour and a half, according to Google Maps.
The expressway will provide an alternate route for motorists to decongest EDSA, C5 and other major roads of Metro Manila and Rizal. It will run from Parañaque City to Quezon City and pass by the developing areas of Taguig, Taytay, Antipolo, and San Mateo.
Officials of the Department of Transportation, Department of Public Works and Highways and representatives from San Miguel Corp. led the groundbreaking of the Southeast Metro Manila Expressway on January 8, 2018
The Php31.3-billion project is a six-lane expressway with a length of 34 kilometers. It will be divided into two segments and six sections, starting from Skyway to FTI in Taguig and ending at Tumana Bridge in Marikina to Batasan Complex in Quezon City. (See map) The first phase is expected to be completed by 2020.
San Miguel Corp. unit Citra Intercity Tollways Inc. is the selected concessionaire of the project, according to the DPWH website. “We hope to start construction in April 2018, but Secretary Tugade wants us to start earlier. What we can say is that we will do our best to make this possible at the soonest possible time,” said SMC Engineer Norberto Conti.
The project complements another San Miguel toll road project, the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 project, which also aims to build another link between the southern and northern ends of Metro Manila.
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