San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is set to begin construction of the Southeast Metro Manila Expressway (SEMME), which will span 34 kilometers from Skyway/FTI all the way to Batasan Complex in Quezon City.
“We’re very glad to be starting 2018 on a very positive note. Because of the hard work of our partners in government, we will finally be able to proceed with this vital infrastructure project,” SMC President Ramon S. Ang said.
The expressway is expected to decongest roads in Manila and Quezon City, particularly major road networks such as EDSA, C-5, Ortigas Avenue, and Ortigas Extension. It’s also seen to provide commuters from Metro Manila and the south faster and direct access to the country’s major airports.
The project is the first phase of the much larger Metro Manila C-6 Expressway Project, which will extend all the way to San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan.
SMC, together with the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), yesterday broke ground for Section 1, Phase 1 of the project.
The project, to be undertaken by SMC unit Citra Intercity Tollways, Inc., will be a six-lane elevated and at-grade expressway with two-directional traffic. Extending from Skway 1 in FTI, Taguig City to C-5/Diego Silang, the first section of the project is set for completion by 2020.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, BCDA President and CEO Vince Dizon, Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano, Antipolo Mayor Jun Ynares III, and other LGU officials attended the groundbreaking.