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Title: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 05, 2017, 10:39:44 AM
I know there's an older thread about the Philippine toll expressways - https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=11302.msg269356#msg269356 - but decided to start a new one as I was in the country for 11 days in late December and early January and wanted to focus more on the numerous ongoing construction projects, particularly in Metro Manila.

I'll post more on the individual roads in a bit, but here's my photo albums from the trip:

EDSA https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/albums/72157677327836110

North Luzon Expressway https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/albums/72157677091116001

North Luzon West Expressway project: SCTEX https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/albums/72157678773061495 and TPLEX https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/albums/72157675049400223

Metro Manila Skyway/South Luzon Expressway: https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/albums/72157674960041494

As a bit of a primer, I've found a map at the SkyscraperCity forums of Manila showing the Metro Manila Skyway extension and the North Luzon Expressway Harbor Link project, both of which are actively under construction and will provide the region with their first ever through freeway connections:

(http://ppp.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/nlex_slex_connector-by-MPIC-SMC-Citra2.jpg)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: Chris on January 05, 2017, 12:25:51 PM
The DPWH introduced expressway numbering in 2014. For example E1 is the North Luzon Expressway. Did you see any of those route numbers signed?

(http://i.imgur.com/epTeSzD.jpg)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 05, 2017, 12:49:26 PM
The DPWH introduced expressway numbering in 2014. For example E1 is the North Luzon Expressway. Did you see any of those route numbers signed?[/img]

I saw maybe one sign for a Route 68 on local roads south of Manila.  Otherwise, nope, it's primarily expressway names (i.e. SCTEX, NLEX).

Wonder if this will change once the North Luzon West Expressway project is complete (which is essentially the SCTEX and TPLEX as one road) and when the following two projects are finished on NLEX: north extension for a more direct connection with it, and south extension through Manila on the Harbor Link.  I could see the SLEX/Metro Manila Skyway/NLEX being one route number (maybe with the Harbor Link having a separate number to represent being an alternate route in Manila) and the North Luzon West Expressway being another.

The Harbor Link and the Mero Manila Skyway Stage 3 create a parallel setup that is like a smaller scale version of the Hollywood/Golden State pair in Los Angeles (or 670 and 70 in Kansas City).  EDSA (kinda like New Jersey's Route 17 on steroids) has been severely overridden with traffic for years due to the lack of such a through limited-access route, something that will change dramatically in the coming months.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 06, 2017, 05:14:17 AM
EDSA.  Here's an analogy to describe its current (pre-2017/2018) role in the Manila highway network.

Imagine say a large enough city, like San Francisco.  Imagine if the Freeway Revolt had been more extensive, and there was no Bayshore Freeway or Southern Freeway whatsoever, with 280 ending at 19th Avenue and the Bayshore Freeway ending in Brisbane or whatever.  And in this imaginary scenario, only 19th Avenue provided the access to either bridge.

So that's kinda like EDSA but that doesn't really give you the scope of it.  The city that the ring road runs through - Quezon City, the one-time Filipino capital from the 1940s to 1976 - actually has more people than Manila itself, with a population of 2.9 million - almost as much as Chicago!  Manila on the other hand "only" has 1.7 million (twice as many people as San Francisco, and larger than San Diego as well)...in a 16-square-mile landmass.  EDSA also skirts Makati, the most modern downtown in the entire country.

It's not hard to see why this has become the main street of the region, a role it had never been intended to take on.  Older-generation interchanges, business driveways on every block, interregional traffic, and the usual stop-and-go patterns of the jeepneys along the route are compounded by multiple large malls (especially SM EDSA North in Quezon City, but also the massive Mall of Asia at the road's south terminus) as traffic generators.

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Overhead signage.  "Ayala" is the exit to Makati's Ayala Center area, comprising of a popular local park and the Greenbelt and Glorietta mall complexes.  Also note the advertising right on the median!

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H&M store from the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong.  The overhead structures are for the MRT-3 mass transit rail line.

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Traffic on Christmas Eve morning.

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Advertising on a VMS.

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The intersection with North Avenue, where SM City EDSA North mall is located.

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Signage heading away from the North Luzon Expressway - note again the lack of road names on the overheads, only destinations.

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Westbound grade separation in Makati

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Offramp in Pasay which connects EDSA to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

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Signage commemorating Japanese assistance on an interchange in Makati

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Offramp at the Magallanes Interchange which links EDSA and the South Luzon Expressway
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 06, 2017, 06:19:18 AM
The North Luzon Expressway, connecting Metro Manila with Angeles.  Currently slated to be extended further south into Manila with the Harbor Link project.

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Advertising on an overpass!

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Examples of actual exit numbering

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Approaching the interchange with EDSA in Balintawak.  This is the future north terminus of the Metro Manila Skyway stage 3 project.

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 06, 2017, 06:38:24 AM
The Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, one half of the North Luzon West Expressway project.

(https://c8.staticflickr.com/1/359/31312157023_b27b0d3e6d_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PGWZog)DSC_5242 (https://flic.kr/p/PGWZog) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr
Tollbooth thank you notices

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Part of the unusual double-trumpet connector between the SCTEX and the NLEX, just north of Angeles.  (If I'm not mistaken, a more direct connection between the NLEX and SCTEX a few miles north is planned)

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Advance exit signage - note lack of exit number here.

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Exit number at ramp

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Makeshift tollbooth expansion about 30 minutes north of Concepcion.  These extra tollbooths are placed about 200 feet north of the main toll gates.  Not sure if this was just for the holidays.

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Transition from SCTEX to TPLEX

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service areas

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Southbound signage for the exit to the North Luzon Expressway southbound (towards Manila)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 06, 2017, 06:46:17 AM
The Tarlac-Pagasinan-La Union Expressway, or TPLEX for short, the north portion of the North Luzon West Expressway project.  Currently completed to Ponzorrubio.

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Start of road, seamless transition from the SCTEX.  The blue Lay-by signage seems to point towards the Philippine equivalent to rest areas here in the US.

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Traditional Philippine light display for Christmas (termed "parol") at a tollbooth

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Interesting design for historic signage

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Exit signage - note lack of numbers

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From the main road in Ponzorrubio (current north terminus), signage pointing to the TPLEX with a Manila control city

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Onramp control cities in Binalonan of Manila and Baguio - note that TPLEX connects to other roads to get to either destination.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 06, 2017, 07:49:10 AM
And now the most interesting part of the trip for me, the Metro Manila Skyway and South Luzon Expressway.  I don't know if I actually traversed on the Skyway itself (which has a higher toll than the SLEX) BUT it's not hard to spot from below on the SLEX and more intriguingly, along the streets in Manila where the extension is being constructed at present!

Past EDSA, the currently constructed Skyway runs in the median of the South Luzon Expressway, a longer road which connects Metro Manila with Batangas. 

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The Skyway/SLEX two-level setup

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Flyovers at the Lawton Avenue exit in Taguig

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FHWA font signage!  This is approaching the Magallanes Interchange

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Not quite FHWA font.

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Magallanes Interchange

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Advertising on the skyway pillars

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Construction from Makati to southern Manila

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Pillars in Manila

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Current north terminus of the limited access road, at Buendia Avenue

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Skyway entrance signage from the southbound SLEX

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Tollbooth signage near the Bicutan exit
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on January 06, 2017, 10:07:52 AM
I'm amazed that Quezon City is actually bigger in population than Manila though mainly because Manila gets larger attention and people outside the Philippines are unaware of this.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 06, 2017, 01:16:46 PM
I'm amazed that Quezon City is actually bigger in population than Manila though mainly because Manila gets larger attention and people outside the Philippines are unaware of this.
That's not particularly different from San Jose being larger than SF.  Same deal though: Manila's geographic borders are much smaller than that of QC.  (Quezon City also was the capital of the country during the middle of the century)

Makati is the one city in Metro Manila that really has a distinctive skyline, followed by the Bonifacio section of Taguig adjacent to it.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: Chris on January 06, 2017, 04:16:56 PM
Quezon City has some super wide roads.

This is Commonwealth Avenue:

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Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on January 06, 2017, 04:28:42 PM
I'm surprised that Cebu City and Davao city does not even have an expressway system like Manila has.
I seen Pinoy Joyride did shots of these areas and these two cities are supposed to be alternate economic hubs of the Philippines besides Manila. 

I understand that San Fernando, Pampanga is the alternate economic hub and it kind of gets played as the Sacramento metro area of the Philippines located and overshadowed  by Manila.

Bulacan from what I understand gets played as the commuter province for Metro Manila. Note my both of my parents were born in the Philippines they explained their time in the Philippines in that form.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: Alps on January 07, 2017, 02:51:40 PM
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Tollbooth signage near the Bicutan exit
Same as American E-ZPass, or just same name?


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Advertising on the skyway pillars (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/)
Is that... an ad for tuna?! That's some sexy fish.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 08, 2017, 06:18:32 AM

Same as American E-ZPass, or just same name?

E-Pass...I don't know too much about it.  Quickly googling: http://www.skyway.com.ph/projects/stage-2/15-e-pass.html

Pretty similar concept (and I did see tons of "GET RFID TAG FOR QUICKER TRAVEL" (paraphrasing) type of signs on the expressways)...yet it blows my mind that a turnpike system being constructed in the last 10 years and counting seems to entirely lack in high-speed electronic tolling lanes!

Then again, given the traffic levels that have existed in that country for decades, maybe there isn't a need for high speed electronic tolling yet, LOL.



Is that... an ad for tuna?! That's some sexy fish.


You are correct!!! 

I'm so blown away by the pillar and median advertising here, stuff which would never fly in the US (not the least of which would be due to, uh, distraction potential).  I think that also works on the assumption of severe traffic jams giving people the chance to look at such ads...
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: Alps on January 08, 2017, 12:13:38 PM

Same as American E-ZPass, or just same name?

E-Pass...I don't know too much about it.  Quickly googling: http://www.skyway.com.ph/projects/stage-2/15-e-pass.html

Pretty similar concept (and I did see tons of "GET RFID TAG FOR QUICKER TRAVEL" (paraphrasing) type of signs on the expressways)...yet it blows my mind that a turnpike system being constructed in the last 10 years and counting seems to entirely lack in high-speed electronic tolling lanes!

Then again, given the traffic levels that have existed in that country for decades, maybe there isn't a need for high speed electronic tolling yet, LOL.
I misread E-Pass as E-ZPass. Ignore.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on January 08, 2017, 05:53:50 PM
The DPWH introduced expressway numbering in 2014. For example E1 is the North Luzon Expressway. Did you see any of those route numbers signed?

I saw maybe one sign for a Route 68 on local roads south of Manila.  Otherwise, nope, it's primarily expressway names (i.e. SCTEX, NLEX).

Wonder if this will change once the North Luzon West Expressway project is complete (which is essentially the SCTEX and TPLEX as one road) and when the following two projects are finished on NLEX: north extension for a more direct connection with it, and south extension through Manila on the Harbor Link.  I could see the SLEX/Metro Manila Skyway/NLEX being one route number (maybe with the Harbor Link having a separate number to represent being an alternate route in Manila) and the North Luzon West Expressway being another.

The Harbor Link and the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 create a parallel setup that is like a smaller scale version of the Hollywood/Golden State pair in Los Angeles (or 670 and 70 in Kansas City).  EDSA (kinda like New Jersey's Route 17 on steroids) has been severely overridden with traffic for years due to the lack of such a through limited-access route, something that will change dramatically in the coming months.


Wait Isn't Skyway3 also supposed to be like the Manila version of the I-710 gap too.






Here is the newest expressway in the Philippines and it opened in December 2016 Also the West Valley Fault has been talked about as Manila's version of the Hayward Fault was nearby one of the expressways.





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Post by: bing101 on January 08, 2017, 05:56:31 PM
The DPWH introduced expressway numbering in 2014. For example E1 is the North Luzon Expressway. Did you see any of those route numbers signed?

I saw maybe one sign for a Route 68 on local roads south of Manila.  Otherwise, nope, it's primarily expressway names (i.e. SCTEX, NLEX).

Wonder if this will change once the North Luzon West Expressway project is complete (which is essentially the SCTEX and TPLEX as one road) and when the following two projects are finished on NLEX: north extension for a more direct connection with it, and south extension through Manila on the Harbor Link.  I could see the SLEX/Metro Manila Skyway/NLEX being one route number (maybe with the Harbor Link having a separate number to represent being an alternate route in Manila) and the North Luzon West Expressway being another.

The Harbor Link and the Mero Manila Skyway Stage 3 create a parallel setup that is like a smaller scale version of the Hollywood/Golden State pair in Los Angeles (or 670 and 70 in Kansas City).  EDSA (kinda like New Jersey's Route 17 on steroids) has been severely overridden with traffic for years due to the lack of such a through limited-access route, something that will change dramatically in the coming months.













Apparently in rural areas of the Philippines Highways are numbered like state Highways. Except in this case its AH-26 all videos are from Pinoy Joyride.
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Post by: bing101 on January 08, 2017, 09:46:12 PM
http://pba.inquirer.net/teams/nlex-road-warriors


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NLEX_Road_Warriors


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Luzon_Expressway


Interestingly the investors of North Luzon Expressway even manage to own a Basketball team in the PBA.
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Post by: TheStranger on January 09, 2017, 11:56:16 AM

Wait Isn't Skyway3 also supposed to be like the Manila version of the I-710 gap too.

Not really.

1. Skyway Stage 3 is under construction, using the right of way of existing roads for an elevated structure above (as opposed to the proposed 710 tunnel and the previously proposed 710 surface route). 
2. I don't think it was proposed 50+ years ago

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Post by: bing101 on January 09, 2017, 03:49:56 PM
Oddly enough Manila Skyway was supposed to have a double Decker section and it had some resemblance of Alaska Viaduct in Seattle or the Cypress Freeway in Oakland pre-Loma Prieta quake.
But wait Manila has their own version of Hayward Fault? How is this double Decker section supposed to meet quake standards. Like the Bay Area, Manila has sections of their city in Bay Mud.
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Post by: TheStranger on January 13, 2017, 02:25:50 PM
Recent video of the current construction along the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3.

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Post by: english si on January 13, 2017, 06:05:50 PM
Apparently in rural areas of the Philippines Highways are numbered like state Highways. Except in this case its AH-26 all videos are from Pinoy Joyride.
The sole Asian Highway in the Philippines pre-dates the numbering of other roads, which is still rolling out, IIRC.
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Post by: DeaconG on June 02, 2017, 10:03:10 AM
Was checking out dmitirvalencia's latest YouTube posting on the dedication of the NAIAX and well...this happened:


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Post by: bing101 on September 28, 2017, 10:34:46 PM
https://cuervopropertyadvisory.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/decentralization-of-metro-manila-and-the-benefits-for-regional-expansion/

Umm say economic growth actually spread to other parts of the Philippines how will this play out in terms of Road building.
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Post by: TheStranger on December 11, 2017, 05:42:32 PM
More Dmitrivalencia videos to share:

- EDSA, the surface boulevard that has borne the brunt of Metro Manila north-south traffic for decades (and is being bypassed by the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 and NLEX-SLEX Connector Road projects)

- December 2017 updates on Skyway construction.  Lots of pillars in the north segment along Araneta Avenue and Bonifacio Avenue heading towards the Balintawak Interchange

- TPLEX extension to Pozorrubio now open as of this week
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Post by: bing101 on December 21, 2017, 11:55:52 AM

I'm amazed that Quezon City is actually bigger in population than Manila though mainly because Manila gets larger attention and people outside the Philippines are unaware of this.

That's not particularly different from San Jose being larger than SF.  Same deal though: Manila's geographic borders are much smaller than that of QC.  (Quezon City also was the capital of the country during the middle of the century)

Makati is the one city in Metro Manila that really has a distinctive skyline, followed by the Bonifacio section of Taguig adjacent to it.


https://www.rappler.com/nation/190698-duterte-manila-dead-city-decentralization-philippines (https://www.rappler.com/nation/190698-duterte-manila-dead-city-decentralization-philippines)

Well there's been talks to decentralize Manila and spread economic growth and wealth to other parts of the Philippines most notably Pampanga, Cavite, Batangas and yes Davao where the current president is from. Note I'm not sure how much of an impact yet the Manila Skyway Gap is going to spread the economic wealth to other parts of the Philippines yet though. But the talk of the Philippines being too dependent on Manila economically and government policy has been at play for some time though. This has to be the equivalent to America only depending on Washington D.C. for wealth and representation instead of spreading economic growth to all 50 states though given how the article is discussed.


https://www.rappler.com/views/imho/191029-metro-manila-decay-solution-urban-planning
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Post by: bing101 on December 23, 2017, 12:43:02 PM

Laurel Canyon road in the Philippines wow this street is a major road but it's setup like a residential street or an alleyway.
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Post by: TheStranger on December 27, 2017, 11:03:59 AM
Just discovered this year there is now a third proposed north-south Manila expressway, the NLEX-Cavitex Port Expressway Link (a tunnel proposal! along scenic Roxas Boulevard corridor and down R10 in Tondo) -

http://www.philstar.com/business/2017/07/25/1721073/mpic-mulls-p20-b-cavitex-port-area-expressway
http://www.dpwh.gov.ph/dpwh/PPP/projs/NLEX_Cavitex

Crazy to think that by 2022, the north-south traffic currently being forced to use mostly at-grade EDSA to get between southern Metro Manila and NLEX could now have multiple options to head out of town.
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Post by: TheStranger on January 01, 2018, 10:46:39 PM
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Post by: bing101 on January 05, 2018, 02:50:38 PM


Interesting he has a drone unit that focused on the south end of the Manila Skyway gap. But nice video as usual.
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Post by: bing101 on January 17, 2018, 11:26:21 PM
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/pampanga/local-news/2017/12/20/new-road-link-solution-looming-carmageddon-580668

Here is another road project in the Philippines but this time in Pampanga.
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Post by: DeaconG on February 17, 2018, 01:19:23 PM
Hre's dmitrivalencia's updates on the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 for February:


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Post by: bing101 on February 22, 2018, 09:34:56 PM


Pinoy Joyride has released a new video on AH26 in Bicol.
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Post by: bing101 on February 25, 2018, 08:45:45 AM


Here is an update by Ale92Milanospa over Manila.
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Post by: DeaconG on March 06, 2018, 10:30:52 PM
Here's dmitirvalencia's update for the Metro Manila Skyway for March:


(and yes, I've tried to get him to register here!)
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Post by: bing101 on March 20, 2018, 12:20:20 PM


Pinoy Joyride does a shot of the C6 road.
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Post by: bing101 on March 22, 2018, 11:29:59 PM




Here is an update by Pinoy Joyride
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Post by: DeaconG on April 01, 2018, 03:22:45 PM
Here's the latest update on the Metro Manila Skyway for April 2018:

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Post by: bing101 on April 09, 2018, 10:48:25 AM




Pinoy Joyride does an update on Calax in the Cavite Area.
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Post by: DeaconG on April 16, 2018, 09:02:44 AM
Dmitri posts a partial update on NLEX Segment 10 Harbor Link project:

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Post by: bing101 on April 17, 2018, 11:16:40 AM


Now Pinoy Joyride has done a video update for C5 in the Manila Area
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Post by: TheStranger on April 22, 2018, 07:34:23 PM
NLEX-SLEX Connector in Manila to begin construction work in June:
http://thestandard.com.ph/business/transport-tourism/262077/nlex-slex-connector-set-to-start-construction-in-june.html

For context, here is a map of the route (relative to the parallel Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 project that will likely be finished first) - it will connect the under-construction NLEX Harbor Link to the Skyway in the Santa Mesa area, following an approximate corridor of Panay street, Blumenetritt Road, and Rizal Avenue/R-9.

(https://www.portcalls.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/slexnlex.jpg)
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Post by: DeaconG on May 02, 2018, 11:02:51 AM
Pinoy Joyride has posted the latest update on the Metro Manila Skyway for May:

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Post by: TheStranger on May 02, 2018, 03:45:38 PM
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Post by: bing101 on May 09, 2018, 09:23:05 AM

Update by Pinoy Joyride
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Post by: bing101 on May 14, 2018, 12:03:53 PM

Pinoy Joyride on Calax
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Post by: DeaconG on May 16, 2018, 11:05:35 PM
Here's an update by Pinoy on the Metro Manila Skyway Buendia Flyover construction:

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Post by: bing101 on May 20, 2018, 11:28:29 PM
https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/05/20/imus-cavite-flyover-collapses/

Update a Cavite Area road has collapsed.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/992574/flyover-beams-fall-on-major-cavite-highway-stalling-traffic

Apparently Daang Hari Road was under construction at the time of Collapse and no deaths are reported in the collapse.
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Post by: DeaconG on June 03, 2018, 04:18:22 PM
Here's the latest full Metro Manila Skyway update for June 2018:

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Post by: TheStranger on June 07, 2018, 08:14:21 AM
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Post by: bing101 on June 17, 2018, 05:32:15 PM

Pinoy Joyride does a scenic drive in an area approximately 150 miles away from Manila.
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Post by: TheStranger on July 02, 2018, 04:15:22 AM
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Post by: TheStranger on July 20, 2018, 03:12:24 PM
Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 Section 1 now partially open!!!

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Pinky Joyride did some scenic shots of the Calabrazon area.
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Post by: bing101 on July 26, 2018, 10:01:44 PM

Pinoy Joyride on the NLEX Segment 10
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Post by: DeaconG on August 02, 2018, 02:26:18 AM
Here's the Metro Manila Skyway update for August:


Real progress now.
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Post by: bing101 on August 03, 2018, 11:31:24 PM
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Post by: bing101 on August 08, 2018, 11:50:04 PM




CALAX expressway in the Philippines.
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Post by: bing101 on August 19, 2018, 10:45:00 PM
Here is an update on NLEX
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Post by: bing101 on September 01, 2018, 12:23:54 PM


Drone shots on the Manila Skyway as of September 2018.
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Post by: bing101 on September 05, 2018, 09:22:59 PM


Here is an update by Pinoy Joyride.
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Post by: bing101 on September 08, 2018, 01:07:54 PM




Update for Philippine roads.
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Post by: bing101 on September 10, 2018, 02:59:46 PM
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Post by: bing101 on September 22, 2018, 01:05:32 AM

Here is the scenic ride.
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Post by: bing101 on September 23, 2018, 07:40:37 PM
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Post by: bing101 on September 25, 2018, 05:44:21 PM
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Post by: Kniwt on September 25, 2018, 09:51:05 PM

Yikes! A close call at 0:55.
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Post by: bing101 on December 16, 2018, 01:29:08 PM


from Ale92MilanoSpA (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj6bihVCGt72qHhWlB5Db8w)
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Post by: bing101 on December 22, 2018, 11:51:50 AM
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Pinoy Joyride does a Christmas Tour of the Philippines.
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Post by: Great Lakes Roads on January 01, 2019, 10:25:00 PM
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Post by: bing101 on January 02, 2019, 05:30:05 PM
Now I got to see the Manila Skyway 3 construction in person and its pretty cool. Also on the North Luzon Expressway in Pampanga I got to see this in person and this freeway reminds me of the Yolo Causeway in  Sacramento in some parts due to that some sections enter marshland between San Fernando and Angeles city.


Pampanga is like the Philippines version of Sacramento Valley though given that there's farmland between the urban areas like Clark, San Fernando and Angeles and its in the shadows of Manila.
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Post by: TheStranger on January 04, 2019, 08:22:49 AM
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Post by: bing101 on January 09, 2019, 02:36:00 AM
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Post by: bing101 on January 13, 2019, 06:26:28 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRqpCy6ie94 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRqpCy6ie94)


Here is a drive in the North Luzon Area.
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Post by: bing101 on January 20, 2019, 12:38:30 PM


Pinoy joyride does a segment on the 2019 status of the Manila Skyway gap.
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Post by: bing101 on January 20, 2019, 08:03:35 PM
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Post by: bing101 on February 02, 2019, 08:32:12 AM


This time from On The Road With Darwin (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXHdLzp8zdxlMJvL4W7jdLA)

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Post by: bing101 on February 05, 2019, 07:36:56 PM
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Post by: TheStranger on February 25, 2019, 03:07:35 AM
Harbor Link segment 10 opening on the 26th (so in approximately 8-10 hours)

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/nlex-harbor-segment-10-open-000046370.html
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Post by: bing101 on February 27, 2019, 03:38:23 PM
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Post by: TheStranger on February 27, 2019, 07:24:06 PM
NLEX Harbor Link opening is in less than 20 or so hours:

https://news.mb.com.ph/2019/02/26/nlex-harbor-link-opens-thursday-night/
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Post by: TheStranger on February 28, 2019, 08:55:28 PM
NLEX Segment 10 Harbor Link now open!


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Post by: TheStranger on February 28, 2019, 09:18:31 PM

https://news.abs-cbn.com/ancx/drive/cars-and-bikes/video/02/28/19/video-we-got-first-dibs-on-the-new-harbor-link-which-will-bring-you-from-manila-to-qc-in-15-minutes
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Post by: TheStranger on March 01, 2019, 03:28:41 PM
Article on the opening of the new NLEX Harbor Link, along with maps informing people from various parts of Metro Manila on how to access the road:

https://www.topgear.com.ph/news/motoring-news/nlex-harbor-link-segment-10-open-a962-20190301

The two maps below in particular really highlight how much they are trying to encourage people to use the new expressway extension instead of staying on the shorter surface street routes:

(https://images.summitmedia-digital.com/topgear/images/2019/03/01/harbor-link-10-map-3-1551417952.jpg)
(https://images.summitmedia-digital.com/topgear/images/2019/03/01/harbor-link-10-map-2-1551417953.jpg)
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Post by: TheStranger on March 01, 2019, 03:32:19 PM
Northbound video of the NLEX Segment 10/Harbor Link, from 5th Avenue in Caloocan.  Looks to be quite a few people using it southbound now:

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Post by: TheStranger on March 01, 2019, 03:33:26 PM
Another northbound video of NLEX Harbor Link

At 8:13 the video notes that the first advance signage for the junction with Mindanao Avenue and NLEX (the SmartConnect interchange) only appears a mere 500m/0.3 miles before the offramp!  Later in the video the lack of signage for the Harbor Link connections off NLEX is also noted.
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Post by: bing101 on March 02, 2019, 11:27:59 AM


Here is an update on the skyway gap in Manila.
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Post by: bing101 on March 25, 2019, 07:26:10 AM
 
A tour of Taft Ave
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Post by: TheStranger on March 28, 2019, 04:20:15 AM
Subtle thing I noticed this week around Metro Manila:

At least on the Skyway, several of the exit names refer to streets that have since been renamed!  the "Buendia" exit off the Skyway goes to what was Buendia Avenue (and is still commonly called that) but is now Gil Puyat Avenue in Makati/Manila.  The "Sucat" exit goes to the former Sucat Road, now Arcadio Santos Avenue (though the new name is listed in a parenthetical)

Interesting contrast to how street renamings are handled in the US (in particular, the switchover from "Army Street" to "Cesar Chavez Street" in San Francisco in the 90s, and "Brooklyn Avenue" to "Cesar Chavez Avenue" in Los Angeles)
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Post by: TheStranger on March 31, 2019, 12:23:32 PM
https://www.bworldonline.com/c5-south-link-phase-1-to-open-in-2nd-quarter/

C-5 interchange around Sucat Road (Santos Avenue) in Paranaque to be complete soon.  Also the article includes a local official stating that the entirety of the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 project to Balintawak should be open by the end of 2019 - pretty ambitious considering that the central portion near Santa Mesa still needs to have full road deck built from scratch!

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Took a Grab car ride down EDSA today and noticed how different control city usage is from the US.  While "Baclaran" (the district of Paranaque/Pasay near Mall of Asia) was listed as a southbound control as far north as the Cubao area of Quezon City, there was very little consistency in pull-through destinations (i.e. Makati not showing up until around Ortigas Center).  EDSA's odd mix of (at-grade) expressway & some interchanges isn't easy to mark out, yet it is noticeably worse in destination signage than the actual limited-access expressways like the Skyway and NLEX.

There was one bus station along the route named "Highway 54" which is a nod to the 1950s route designation of EDSA.
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Post by: bing101 on April 02, 2019, 07:25:46 AM


Skyway Update
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Post by: TheStranger on April 02, 2019, 10:25:54 AM
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Post by: Joe The Dragon on April 02, 2019, 04:24:45 PM
how bad will the Balintawak end link be? at least freeway to freeway.
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Post by: TheStranger on April 03, 2019, 12:38:14 PM
how bad will the Balintawak end link be? at least freeway to freeway.
The impression I have gotten is that the Skyway will continue just north of the NLEX Balintawak toll plaza and then link into the NLEX directly.  I'd have to look and see if there will be any ramp connection from the Skyway into the NLEX/EDSA Balintawak Interchange; the current setup for instance for Skyway drivers to access the Magallanes Interchange between SLEX/Osmena Highway & EDSA in Makati is essentially a ramp from the Skyway exiting onto northbound SLEX some distance before the actual SLEX/EDSA junction.

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Post by: TheStranger on April 11, 2019, 08:42:53 AM
Long form article on how it took a couple of decades for the SCTEx expressway in Pampanga/Subic area to finally be completed:

https://www.autoindustriya.com/inside-man/sctex-built-against-all-odds.html

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I have quite a few photos of the NLEX Harbor Link that I'll try to get up either tonight or tomorrow.
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Post by: TheStranger on April 11, 2019, 09:27:31 AM
My photos of the NLEX Harbor Link segment and some construction along 5th Avenue west of the current expressway terminus:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/albums/72157704521370192
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Post by: bing101 on April 16, 2019, 11:41:24 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdGtxJ7oqtE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdGtxJ7oqtE)

Part 2 on Pinoys Zambales tour
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Post by: bing101 on April 17, 2019, 08:46:27 PM
 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPtvzzl9xeI) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPtvzzl9xeI)
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 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dov1TrBqT4c)
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Post by: bing101 on May 03, 2019, 10:26:49 PM
 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cunjtqjDpAg)
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Post by: bing101 on July 04, 2019, 11:09:51 PM
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Post by: mrsman on July 05, 2019, 12:27:40 AM
It is interesting to see that so much of the skyway in the last video was built over the river.  It must be difficult to build like that, but at least no houses had to be destroyed to build the carriageway.  I imagine some level of destruction would be needed for the exits.

The US of course has several highways alongside a river, I-710 in CA comes to mind.  But it was built over land, not the river itself, and quite a few houses had to be destroyed for its construction.
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Post by: bing101 on July 07, 2019, 10:06:00 PM

Pinoy Joyride films the Calax
 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou8GlMOBApc)
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Post by: bing101 on July 07, 2019, 10:25:05 PM
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Post by: bing101 on July 08, 2019, 10:40:01 AM
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Post by: bing101 on July 08, 2019, 10:40:27 AM
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Post by: TheStranger on July 08, 2019, 03:47:20 PM
It is interesting to see that so much of the skyway in the last video was built over the river.  It must be difficult to build like that, but at least no houses had to be destroyed to build the carriageway.  I imagine some level of destruction would be needed for the exits.

I'm not sure how many offramps are being placed between Buendia Avenue in Makati and the Balintawak cloverleaf - I've seen some general idea of such in the project maps online but not specific interchange designs, etc.

I do know that at the point where Osmena Highway and Quirino Avenue intersect in Manila, ca. early 2017 there were several fast food outlets in the southeast corner, all of which were closed down to accommodate the road right of way in the months since.

The new NLEX Harborlink spur did result in the elimination of some housing, looking at Google Street View photos of the area north of 5th Avenue.
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Post by: TheStranger on July 21, 2019, 09:24:42 PM
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Post by: TheStranger on July 22, 2019, 02:19:20 AM
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Post by: TheStranger on July 24, 2019, 04:46:13 AM
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Post by: bing101 on July 31, 2019, 11:35:37 AM
https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3439sv (https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3439sv)

Here is a Cool Street Tour of Davao City.
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Post by: TheStranger on July 31, 2019, 07:14:07 PM
https://news.mb.com.ph/2019/07/31/pandacan-bridge-closed-for-6-months-due-to-skyway-works/
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Post by: bing101 on August 02, 2019, 08:36:05 AM
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Post by: bing101 on August 07, 2019, 10:07:52 AM
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Post by: TheStranger on August 09, 2019, 02:59:29 PM
With the completion of the Metro Manila Skyway to Plaza Dilao, the north-south freeway gap through Manila and Quezon City between the current Skyway north terminus and the current south terminus of NLEX Harbor Link in Caloocan is now only 8.8 kilometers long/5.48 miles, with that gap to eventually be closed with the completion of the Skyway by early 2020 as well as the concurrent NLEX-SLEX Connector project.

To compare similar through-corridor freeway gaps:

- Route 1 between Font Boulevard and Lake Street in SF is almost exactly the same distance, 5.4 miles! (This would have been supplanted by the original I-280 proposal for SF)
- US 101 between Lyon Street and the South Van Ness/Duboce/Central Freeway cloverleaf in SF is 3.6 miles.
- US 101 between the end of the freeway segment entering Eureka and the beginning of the Arcata freeway segment is 10.5 miles
- TCH 1 in Calgary between Alberta Route 1A and 19 Street NE is about 7.3 km/4.55 miles long.
- In Manhattan, the 34th Street segment between the Lincoln Tunnel and Queens Midtown Tunnel, which would have been connected with a I-495 extension proposed decades ago, is 1.8 miles long


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Post by: TheStranger on August 12, 2019, 11:30:15 PM
Update on the Metro Manila Skyway...but not in Manila or Quezon City!

Instead this is at the current southern terminus at the SLEX in Alabang, which iteslf has enough congestion issues to warrant an extension of the Skyway southward.

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Post by: TheStranger on August 13, 2019, 02:42:05 AM
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Post by: bing101 on August 13, 2019, 09:17:45 AM
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Post by: TheStranger on August 19, 2019, 03:25:14 AM
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Post by: Kniwt on August 19, 2019, 07:02:36 PM
Update on the Metro Manila Skyway...but not in Manila or Quezon City!

What I find somewhat remarkable is that contraflow traffic is using the inside lane ... apparently with no barricades or other form of control other than the really, really tiny traffic cones.
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Post by: bing101 on August 21, 2019, 06:37:23 AM
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Post by: TheStranger on August 22, 2019, 03:41:26 AM
Just went down the Skyway from NAIA to the Amorsolo interchange about an hour and a half ago:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/albums/72157710481912742

Some new signage has been placed now that the route extends out to southern Manila:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48597760831_c5c805de8b_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2h3qeb8)DSC_3895e (https://flic.kr/p/2h3qeb8) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

The habit in this area to only point to the nearest destinations on pullthrough signage continues:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48597902507_6c89dc53bb_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2h3qXhP)DSC_3886 (https://flic.kr/p/2h3qXhP) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr
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Post by: WillWeaverRVA on August 23, 2019, 11:26:59 AM
Just went down the Skyway from NAIA to the Amorsolo interchange about an hour and a half ago:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/albums/72157710481912742

Some new signage has been placed now that the route extends out to southern Manila:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48597760831_c5c805de8b_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2h3qeb8)DSC_3895e (https://flic.kr/p/2h3qeb8) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

The habit in this area to only point to the nearest destinations on pullthrough signage continues:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48597902507_6c89dc53bb_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2h3qXhP)DSC_3886 (https://flic.kr/p/2h3qXhP) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

Interesting to see Clearview has made it to the Philippines...
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Post by: TheStranger on August 23, 2019, 05:46:17 PM


Interesting to see Clearview has made it to the Philippines...

The pullthrough/road signage fonts in this area are not consistent at all, I've seen the classic FHWA font in certain spots (including on city street overhead signage in the city of Manila itself), some sort of Helvetica variant at intersections here in the Legazpi Village area of Makati for signage pointing towards the Skyway, and another font for the street signs in the Legazpi Village/Ayala Triangle areas:
(https://scontent.fmnl5-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/68860920_10107794726227983_6153082496004128768_o.jpg?_nc_cat=105&_nc_oc=AQlzzuNwne8oWxK52vAgZ7JoY0o3F07TWsx03RT1ZP0mWns6tD2CiLoOMz4nDuvpHEE&_nc_ht=scontent.fmnl5-1.fna&oh=4499a8b64595b0309cae99933bcdadc6&oe=5E0774D8)
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Post by: bing101 on August 26, 2019, 08:50:27 PM
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Post by: bing101 on September 04, 2019, 07:25:41 AM
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Post by: TheStranger on September 10, 2019, 02:53:12 AM
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Post by: bing101 on September 13, 2019, 10:25:28 PM
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Post by: TheStranger on September 15, 2019, 09:58:25 PM
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Post by: bing101 on September 17, 2019, 07:08:49 AM
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Post by: TheStranger on September 27, 2019, 09:53:59 AM
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Post by: bing101 on September 30, 2019, 09:41:01 AM

An Update on the Cavite Laguna expressway by Pinoy Joyride
 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vG-w7GwdYas)
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Post by: TheStranger on October 02, 2019, 04:02:30 PM
Wow, the target date for completing essentially 2 functioning through lanes (one northbound, one southbound) on the Metro Manila Skyway between the current north terminus at the Plaza Dilao interchange in Manila and the eventual north terminus at the Balintawak cloverleaf in north Quezon City (where the NLEX mainline ends) is by end of 2019!  Seems like the plan is for the rest of the carriageways and all onramps/offramps north of Manila to be opened later on.

https://news.mb.com.ph/2019/09/06/2-lanes-of-skyway-stage-3-to-open-before-2019-ends-villar/
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Post by: TheStranger on October 05, 2019, 02:11:06 AM
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Post by: bing101 on October 24, 2019, 11:02:53 PM
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Post by: TheStranger on October 28, 2019, 01:51:08 PM
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Post by: TheStranger on October 28, 2019, 01:51:48 PM
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Post by: bing101 on October 29, 2019, 10:22:22 PM
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Post by: bing101 on November 09, 2019, 11:29:04 AM
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Post by: bing101 on November 09, 2019, 10:33:19 PM
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Post by: bing101 on November 21, 2019, 07:46:47 AM
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Post by: bing101 on November 27, 2019, 10:19:01 AM

Here is the Manila Skyway project as of November 2019
 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gglsLGS9NyU)
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Post by: bing101 on December 06, 2019, 11:59:36 AM

Update Pinoy Joyride does a segment on SKyway 3.

 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLIOevWvR_4)
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Post by: bing101 on December 08, 2019, 08:21:01 AM



Ortigas Bridge Update.

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Post by: TheStranger on December 16, 2019, 02:26:07 AM
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Post by: TheStranger on December 24, 2019, 06:21:21 AM
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Post by: bing101 on January 02, 2020, 12:22:44 AM

A Pinoy Joyride update for Skyway in 2020

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Post by: bing101 on January 06, 2020, 07:02:06 AM
Pinoy Joyride does a tour of the NLEX Philippine Arena off ramp


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Post by: bing101 on January 07, 2020, 11:43:49 PM

Here is another view on the SLEX to Skyway route.

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Post by: bing101 on January 09, 2020, 10:11:40 PM

Here is more on Philippine Expressways in this report.



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Post by: bing101 on January 15, 2020, 07:11:29 AM
Here are plans to expand South Luzon Expressway and it is filmed in the approximate area the Taal volcano took place.




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Post by: TheStranger on January 20, 2020, 10:35:44 PM
https://www.manilatimes.net/2020/01/18/news/top-stories/villar-edsa-decongestion-is-at-hand/675377/
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Post by: bing101 on January 21, 2020, 07:34:44 AM



Pinoy Joyride has released a video on the SouthEast Metro Manila Expressway under construction as of 2020


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Post by: TheStranger on January 28, 2020, 07:41:52 PM
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Post by: TheStranger on February 03, 2020, 12:54:28 AM

Includes some mention of the recent Pandacan fire that caused the nearby portion of viaduct to collapse (and thus may delay completion of the highway a few months).
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Post by: bing101 on February 14, 2020, 10:14:09 AM

Here is an update on Calax.


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Post by: TheStranger on February 21, 2020, 02:56:43 PM
The NLEX Harbor Link exit at Malabon has now opened!

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/metro/726815/nlex-harbor-link-malabon-exit-opens-for-motorists/story/
https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1231847/nlex-harbor-links-malabon-exit-inaugurated


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Post by: bing101 on February 23, 2020, 11:04:08 PM

Here is the SFEX Expressway construction update.

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Post by: TheStranger on February 27, 2020, 04:21:44 PM
https://businessmirror.com.ph/2020/02/24/full-blast-work-on-nlex-connector-starts-march/
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Post by: TheStranger on February 29, 2020, 02:13:51 AM
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Post by: TheStranger on March 05, 2020, 03:04:07 AM

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Post by: bing101 on March 07, 2020, 11:07:27 PM
Pinoy Joyride releases a new video on Manila Skyway




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Post by: bing101 on March 19, 2020, 08:07:30 AM

New Video on Calax
 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mU1d0nSoOLs)
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Post by: bing101 on March 21, 2020, 10:20:48 PM

Here is an Update on TPLEX

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Post by: bing101 on March 26, 2020, 09:04:59 AM

Pinoy Joyride takes a tour of Manila in the era of shelter in place.

 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWBxvq3sMqE)
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Post by: bing101 on March 29, 2020, 10:43:33 PM

Here is the construction of the Cebu-Cordova Expressway. This is one of the major freeways under construction in the Philippines and its outside of the Luzon area.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cebu%E2%80%93Cordova_Link_Expressway (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cebu%E2%80%93Cordova_Link_Expressway)
 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-BalzbjoUA)
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Post by: bing101 on May 06, 2020, 01:16:12 PM

Pinoy Joyride does another tour on NAIAX Expressway



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Post by: bing101 on May 07, 2020, 01:03:55 PM
Here is an update on the Cebu Expressway

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Post by: hurricanehink on May 20, 2020, 02:39:26 PM
Maybe this is bordering on fictional, but is there any word about fixed link connections between Luzon and Samar, or any other two major islands?
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Post by: TheStranger on June 01, 2020, 02:14:01 AM
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Post by: TheStranger on June 04, 2020, 06:08:59 PM
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Post by: TheStranger on June 06, 2020, 06:33:35 AM
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Post by: TheStranger on June 08, 2020, 10:54:32 PM
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Post by: TheStranger on June 12, 2020, 09:31:41 AM
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Post by: bing101 on June 13, 2020, 10:47:00 AM

June 15th is the opening date for the NLEX Harbor Link.


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Post by: bing101 on June 14, 2020, 11:04:55 AM

Here is a construction update on TPLEX.


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Post by: bing101 on June 15, 2020, 10:09:15 PM
Pinoy Joyride does an update on NLEX Harbor Link

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Post by: JUHSD-rvalencia on June 18, 2020, 11:15:37 PM
NLEX initially used a mismatching mix of "Interstate", a font based on the FHWA "Highway Gothic" series, and the aformentioned one, before switching to Univers Bold, and then "Arial Black". What a waste! What they should have done is use "Clearview".
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Post by: JUHSD-rvalencia on June 18, 2020, 11:20:01 PM
Quezon City has some super wide roads.

This is Commonwealth Avenue:

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3b/7344-jfBatasan_Hills_Commonwealth_Avenue_Quezon_Cityfvf_13.JPG/800px-7344-jfBatasan_Hills_Commonwealth_Avenue_Quezon_Cityfvf_13.JPG)

I noticed the directional arrows. In the U.S. especially when revising the MUTCD for 2021, it should be a useful idea for freeways / expressways, of which the upper deck of the Bay Bridge on the San Francisco terminus has it, along with Interstate 280 intersecting with CA SR 1 in Daly City. The only difference I see on the directional arrows are that they are proscribed by the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals, of which the Philippines has been a member of it since 1973.
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Post by: bing101 on June 25, 2020, 10:56:08 AM

Pinoy Joyride does a bridge update.
 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fYGOy75rP0)
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Post by: TheStranger on July 06, 2020, 02:40:26 AM
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Post by: bing101 on July 07, 2020, 08:32:45 PM

Pinoy Joyride does an update on Calax.
 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3wy-hZJ4PM)
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Post by: TheStranger on July 09, 2020, 10:38:32 AM
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Post by: bing101 on July 09, 2020, 06:33:30 PM
Its incredible on how many new Freeways the Philippines has been making even in the North Luzon Area too.
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Post by: bing101 on July 15, 2020, 11:21:44 AM

Pinoy Joyride does a tour of TPLEX.
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Post by: bing101 on July 19, 2020, 09:25:54 AM

Another crew does a tour on the Cebu-Cordova Expressway
 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6HcmKHvL4o)
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Post by: bing101 on July 27, 2020, 09:38:24 AM
CLLEX construction




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Post by: bing101 on August 01, 2020, 09:49:31 AM

Here is an update on the Cebu Cordova Expressway in Cebu City, Philippines.


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Post by: bing101 on August 03, 2020, 09:28:08 PM

Back to Luzon and Pinoy Joyride does an Update on the Manila Skyway

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Post by: Joe The Dragon on August 04, 2020, 12:32:04 AM
are they planing to make any of roads ETC only? / building new ones to have full speed ETC?? or after covid will they go back to the old tolling ways?
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Post by: bing101 on August 08, 2020, 09:50:15 AM
are they planing to make any of roads ETC only? / building new ones to have full speed ETC?? or after covid will they go back to the old tolling ways?


I have no idea for this time though.
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Post by: bing101 on August 08, 2020, 09:51:58 AM

Here are road projects in the Cebu Area.



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Post by: bing101 on August 11, 2020, 09:42:37 AM

Update on TPLEX

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Post by: bing101 on August 15, 2020, 12:05:42 PM

Pinoy Joyride does a tour on Roxas Blvd.

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Post by: bing101 on August 23, 2020, 09:40:16 AM

Pinoy Joyride does a tour on Calax.
 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUzAi4j2pX8)
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Post by: bing101 on August 29, 2020, 11:14:03 PM
Here is an update on the BCG Bridge.
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Post by: TheStranger on September 02, 2020, 10:43:34 PM
are they planing to make any of roads ETC only? / building new ones to have full speed ETC?? or after covid will they go back to the old tolling ways?

Funny enough, a huge bit of news on this was just released last week (and in many different Philippine news sources) -

https://mb.com.ph/2020/08/24/dotr-to-require-motorists-to-use-cashless-toll-transactions/
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Post by: bing101 on September 06, 2020, 11:38:29 PM
Update on South Luzon Expressway by Pinoy Joyride.

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Post by: bing101 on September 07, 2020, 10:54:04 AM
Also Pinoy Joyride does updates on Manila Skyway. Yes there are double decker portions of this freeway heading to the final stages of construction.

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Post by: bing101 on September 10, 2020, 11:24:45 PM
Pinoy Joyride does an update on Calax.

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Post by: bing101 on September 10, 2020, 11:25:47 PM

Another group does an update on the Cebu Expressway.
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Post by: bing101 on September 13, 2020, 09:49:36 AM

Update on the Calax in the Philippines.

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Post by: bing101 on September 21, 2020, 06:01:39 PM
Pinoy Joyride does another update on the BCG Bridge.


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Post by: bing101 on September 28, 2020, 08:17:28 AM

Here is a Shot of the Central Luzon Link Expressway.


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Post by: bing101 on October 04, 2020, 09:32:45 PM

Pinoy Joyride does an update on the Manila Skyway construction.


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Post by: bing101 on October 10, 2020, 11:40:02 AM

New Connector on the NLEX
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Post by: bing101 on October 12, 2020, 04:38:44 PM

Another update on the Manila skyway

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Post by: TheStranger on October 16, 2020, 12:19:22 AM
Wow!

Skyway Stage 3 is officially declared complete.  Curing of the pavement is not done yet, but the whole roadway surface on the final Pandacan-Balintawak segment has been placed about 2 weeks ahead of schedule.

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/companies/759629/san-miguel-completes-skyway-stage-3-project/story/

Combining the STAR Tollway, SLEX, Metro Manila Skyway, NLEX, SCTEX, and TPLEX routes, this essentially means 186 or so miles of limited-access road now between Batangas in the south and Rosario, La Union to the north!
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Post by: Chris on October 16, 2020, 04:24:08 AM
I tracked the route in Google Earth, it appears to be a lower standard expressway with tight curves in several places, more like the NAIA expressway than the North and South Luzon Expressways.

This'll be the first controlled-access highway that runs through the entire metro area of Manila.

(https://i.imgur.com/oHQPqdo.jpg)
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Post by: bing101 on October 18, 2020, 07:47:44 PM
Pinoy Joyride takes a new tour from Manila to North Luzon.
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Post by: bing101 on October 19, 2020, 10:54:11 AM

Another group does a tour of the Cebu Cordova Expressway.

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Post by: TheStranger on October 20, 2020, 11:34:42 AM
Skyway Stage 3 opening date (specifically the segment from the Paco exit in Manila north to NLEX/EDSA in the Balintawak district of Quezon City) is likely in December with no toll for the first month of operation.

https://mb.com.ph/2020/10/20/rsa-skyway-stage-3-open-and-toll-free-for-one-month-in-december/

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Skyscrapercity has a 550 page thread on the development of the Skyway with tons of photos and even some exit number/interchange diagram guides!  In there is also talk of how Skyway Stage 3, while the first through controlled-access route within Manila, serves a different corridor from the still-to-be-completed NLEX-SLEX Connector that will split off of the Skyway near the Pandacan district.

https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/metro-manila-skyway.1492516/page-549

Most intriguing is this planning map which shows that the Metro Manila Skyway may still have even further north to go, as part of a long-range concept to extend it to a New Manila International Airport!
(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/ejt3edhueaa41lg-jpeg.636916)

(And a very distant future proposal for an EDSA Skyway to separate through traffic from those commuting to offices and malls between Makati and QC)
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Post by: TheStranger on October 22, 2020, 06:25:00 PM
Article on the soon-to-be-open Skyway Stage 3 segment which also mentions multiple other projects to be opened to drivers in the next 15-18 months:
https://wheels.ph/dpwh-nears-edsa-traffic-busting-promise/
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Post by: TheStranger on October 23, 2020, 10:54:45 AM


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Post by: TheStranger on October 23, 2020, 02:09:57 PM
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Post by: TheStranger on October 23, 2020, 03:05:30 PM
https://www.motopinas.com/motorcycle-news/additional-1-500-workers-needed-by-nlex-for-connector-road.html

(This is for the parallel corridor to Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3, the extension of the NLEX Harborlink south from Caloocan to the Pandacan area in Manila)
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Post by: TheStranger on October 23, 2020, 05:19:04 PM
Neat map showing projects in progress or proposed in Metro Manila:

(https://mb.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Map-4-scaled.jpg)

https://mb.com.ph/2020/10/21/buildbuildbuild-key-road-bridge-projects-to-bring-back-edsas-old-form1/

One thing that occurs to me looking at this map:  Once we get to the end of 2021, Metro Manila will have gone from zero through north-south freeway routes prior to this year, to essentially two (Skyway Stage 3, NLEX-SLEX connector).  This could entirely affect future development:

- Prior to the start of the Skyway Stage 3 project, living and working in Metro Manila essentially meant living either within the EDSA belt route or within 10 miles of it.  Will this essentially extend the suburban reach of the region as far north as say, Marilao?  The effects of this may be more muted on the south end because access to Makati's CBD has been all-expressway from Laguna province to Buendia Avenue for about 15 years.

- The planning map here shows only one interchange slated for the 5 mile NLEX-SLEX corridor segment from Caloocan to the south terminus at the Skyway's Plaza Dilao exit near Pandacan.
(https://www.dpwh.gov.ph/dpwh/sites/default/files/PPP_images/connector.png)

The Harborlink segment of the NLEX already is open, I wonder if that will be the default route for anyone going towards Luneta Park and Roxas Boulevard rather than exiting further south at Espana on the connector. 

- Will the interchange of the NLEX-SLEX Connector and the Skyway be fully directional?  If so, it effectively would create an urban loop not unlike I-277 in Charlotte, the Peripherique in Paris, the former full extent of Rochester's Inner Loop, and I-670/I-70 in Kansas City.  I could see some traffic (especially Grab car drivers) from Quezon City using this loop to bypass many stoplights to get from one end of Espana street to the other.

- This planning map, along with OpenStreetmap, shows an interchange between the Skyway Stage 3 and C-3 Road, which leads into 5th Avenue in Caloocan and directly connects to the NLEX Harborlink.  Could create an interesting situation where this becomes a bypass for highway travelers if there are any backups on the NLEX-SLEX connector or on the final 2-3 miles of the Skyway heaidng towards the NLEX mainline:
(https://www.dpwh.gov.ph/dpwh/sites/default/files/PPP_images/MMSS3.jpg)

- When the Connector is finished, the two closely parallel routes will somewhat resemble say I-470/I-70 in Wheeling, WV - with the difference being Metro Manila's historically terrible congestion.  I remember some Sig Alert type signage already on EDSA marking travel times...remains to be seen which of the two highway corridors will be preferable for accessing Makati from the north or Manila and QC from the south.  At the very least, two functional north-south limited access viaducts supplementing the existing EDSA arterial should make a difference not dissimilar to, say, when US 101 in Santa Barbara was converted from conventional boulevard to full freeway in 1991-1992.

The NLEX-SLEX connector having only one exit south of Caloocan may make it the better "bypass" route overall once it is completed - I also wonder if that Espana exit will be a bottleneck though, or if local traffic will be encouraged to use the Skyway.

- In one of the videos I posted above, I saw a Shell station close to one of the ramps.  There are plenty of existing businesses on Osmena Highway and Quirino Highway underneath the Skyway's Makati-Manila right of way (though a Shakey's pizza at the Osmena/Quirino junction was demolished in 2017 to accommodate the new highway).  A minor thing, but would be interesting to see if the US phenomenon of gas stations adjacent to a freeway having higher prices ends up occurring along the viaduct corridors within EDSA.

- One of the main traffic generators in the region for years has been intercity bus travel, particularly when buses based near Pasay (Buendia/Taft avenues and EDSA/Taft) and along EDSA would then take off towards the northern provinces.  With the Skyway and soon the NLEX-SLEX connector being shorter, faster routes towards NLEX, will EDSA start to resemble a typical suburban boulevard by 2021-2022 rather than the parking lot it has been on weekdays?
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Post by: bing101 on October 24, 2020, 10:51:18 AM

Here is an update on the Cebu Cordova Bridge. This is a major bridge construction is going to be a cable stayed bridge and its going to be similar in design like the recent Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach, CA.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cebu%E2%80%93Cordova_Link_Expressway (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cebu%E2%80%93Cordova_Link_Expressway)

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Post by: TheStranger on October 24, 2020, 12:54:44 PM
NLEX-SLEX Connector update

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Post by: TheStranger on October 25, 2020, 01:04:59 AM

17 minute video which goes in depth into the Skyway Stage 3 project, including a spotlight on an innovative Indonesian technique on building freeway support pillars in a way that they can be rotated 90 degrees to the eventual alignment of the carriageways.
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Post by: TheStranger on October 25, 2020, 05:20:11 PM

https://mb.com.ph/2020/10/24/right-of-way-reforms-critical-in-skyway-stage-3-completion/
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Post by: TheStranger on October 25, 2020, 09:36:41 PM

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Post by: TheStranger on October 26, 2020, 01:56:39 AM
A little in the longer-range plans for Metro Manila (and seen in that New Manila International Airport planning map earlier in the thread), but I'm still surprised this is even being proposed - a new expressway along the R10 and Roxas Boulevard corridors passing through Pasay, Malate, Ermita, and Tondo near some of the city of Manila's seaside tourist districts!

Something that TBH would likely be shot down in the US for many different reasons, but being considered in earnest in the modern day NCR due to how bad traffic through Manila has been even with a north-south light rail line going through town for the last 36 years.

https://www.philstar.com/business/2020/03/02/1997328/nlex-keen-port-expressway-link-project
https://www.dpwh.gov.ph/dpwh/PPP/projs/NLEX_Cavitex

(https://www.dpwh.gov.ph/DPWH/sites/default/files/PPP_images/nlex%20cavitex.png)

In the span of about 5-6 years, the region will have gone from zero north-south through routes other than the EDSA arterial way beyond capacity...to three (NLEX-Cavitex, NLEX-SLEX, Skyway Stage 3) with an outer bypass (C6/Southeast Metro Manila Expressway) in the works...

..along with a proposed elevated expressway on the EDSA alignment itself:
https://manilastandard.net/business/corporate/312604/smc-submits-proposal-to-build-edsa-skyway.html

By 2030, Metro Manila could essentially go from no limited-access routes between Makati and QC whatsoever, to a highway network denser than Tokyo, New York City, and downtown Los Angeles. 

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Post by: TheStranger on October 26, 2020, 02:16:12 AM
Skyscraper City continues to be a forum with a lot of info and photo gems:

NLEX-SLEX Connector thread, 151 pages long
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/nlex-connector.1518081/page-151

Historic NLEX and SLEX photos, primarily pre-Skyway era:
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/old-pictures-of-nlex-and-slex.2285871/

Thread on the proposed east-west Pasig River Expressway (PARAX) project that would be the one east-west link from Manila past Ortigas Center to Pasig:
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/pasig-marikina-expressway.1813565/page-10
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Post by: TheStranger on October 26, 2020, 10:45:47 AM
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Post by: TheStranger on October 26, 2020, 09:42:59 PM
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Post by: TheStranger on October 27, 2020, 04:31:55 AM
Paving work on the Skyway Stage 3 alignment:

https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/3981294755219270?__cft__[0]=AZXm6Z3Mp0eKcVCoLzUpR1BnhYjblXHBS_aogVgm-tQiDoqUDwNvazu2KYJc8LP3jObO5teuNuw9PDbGrxIsO1NR3c1wIpt9uWE_LJAvSJAbGYW9kx8dSCWFbW0404UNQ6sY564PvjwZic8zSzk0mtP9j82NctTwz0XlisJpWEvj2omrlq7P_VHNWP8ptHBm4IWmzdYe6xthu8wTaGNFTsYj-DV0rcK2jPttRuos02bvGw&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R
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Post by: TheStranger on October 27, 2020, 10:18:28 AM

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Post by: TheStranger on October 28, 2020, 03:13:36 AM
One of the more fascinating side effects of the massive highway construction boom in the Philippines is..

...the government not yet imposing a single tolltag system for the region, resulting in a situation now where motorists have to literally have two tolltags installed in order to do even the shortest of freeway drives!

https://mb.com.ph/2020/10/27/smc-extends-rfid-deadline-to-nov-30/
https://www.topgear.com.ph/features/feature-articles/autosweep-easytrip-rfid-guide-a4354-20201026

Now, I do get the two operators, etc. thing (especially when one of those operators is the San Miguel conglomerate).

Just kinda surreal to witness two completely incompatible tolltag systems in the SAME METRO AREA (let alone province/region).  If someone were to go from NAIA to Bulucan province while bypassing EDSA entirely, they would have to have two tolltags, one for SLEX/Metro Manila Skyway (the Autosweep tag that San Miguel has) and a different RFID for NLEX (MPTC's EasyTrip).

Also originally, the tags were available for the public to install themselves, but due to problems with putting it in the right spots on cars, everyone has to go to designated sites (often the tollway service areas) to get them installed for free by tollway staff.  There is one Shell station in the Magallanes district of Makati, on the Osmena Highway frontage road off of the Skyway/SLEX, that does install both EasyTrip and Autosweep, but most places only have one.

I did read earlier today that one can reload their tolltag balances at 7-Eleven locations much the same way many Filipino locals and tourists go there to reload their pre-paid cell phone accounts.

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https://www.bworldonline.com/dutertes-edsa-decongestion-masterplan-set-to-ease-travel-around-metro-manila-expressways/

New map of projects that are nearly complete or will be by 2022:

(https://www.bworldonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/dpwh2.jpg)
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Post by: TheStranger on October 28, 2020, 04:53:42 AM
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Post by: bing101 on October 29, 2020, 10:27:40 AM
One of the more fascinating side effects of the massive highway construction boom in the Philippines is..

...the government not yet imposing a single tolltag system for the region, resulting in a situation now where motorists have to literally have two tolltags installed in order to do even the shortest of freeway drives!

https://mb.com.ph/2020/10/27/smc-extends-rfid-deadline-to-nov-30/ (https://mb.com.ph/2020/10/27/smc-extends-rfid-deadline-to-nov-30/)
https://www.topgear.com.ph/features/feature-articles/autosweep-easytrip-rfid-guide-a4354-20201026 (https://www.topgear.com.ph/features/feature-articles/autosweep-easytrip-rfid-guide-a4354-20201026)

Now, I do get the two operators, etc. thing (especially when one of those operators is the San Miguel conglomerate).

Just kinda surreal to witness two completely incompatible tolltag systems in the SAME METRO AREA (let alone province/region).  If someone were to go from NAIA to Bulucan province while bypassing EDSA entirely, they would have to have two tolltags, one for SLEX/Metro Manila Skyway (the Autosweep tag that San Miguel has) and a different RFID for NLEX (MPTC's EasyTrip).

Also originally, the tags were available for the public to install themselves, but due to problems with putting it in the right spots on cars, everyone has to go to designated sites (often the tollway service areas) to get them installed for free by tollway staff.  There is one Shell station in the Magallanes district of Makati, on the Osmena Highway frontage road off of the Skyway/SLEX, that does install both EasyTrip and Autosweep, but most places only have one.

I did read earlier today that one can reload their tolltag balances at 7-Eleven locations much the same way many Filipino locals and tourists go there to reload their pre-paid cell phone accounts.

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https://www.bworldonline.com/dutertes-edsa-decongestion-masterplan-set-to-ease-travel-around-metro-manila-expressways/ (https://www.bworldonline.com/dutertes-edsa-decongestion-masterplan-set-to-ease-travel-around-metro-manila-expressways/)

New map of projects that are nearly complete or will be by 2022:






If you are wondering why Philippines is making new tollways around Luzon and Cebu island is because its part of a movement in the Philippine Government to decentralize the Philippine economy be spreading the wealth to other islands, provinces and cities within the country. Back in 2019 I went to  New Clark City and it was starting to take shape as the country was in the process for spreading the nations wealth to go beyond Manila. Prior to New Clark City and Cebu fighting as candidates to take jobs and wealth from Metro Manila, there were criticism that the Philippine economy was too dependent on the Manila area and the Philippine economy would fall if it did not decentralize the wealth to other parts of the country.


Case and point a similar example we need to look at is jobs moving from California to Texas as part of states decentralizing their economy.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/01/the-truth-about-the-california-exodus/605833/ (https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/01/the-truth-about-the-california-exodus/605833/)



https://stanfordreview.org/stanford-california-exodus/ (https://stanfordreview.org/stanford-california-exodus/)

https://business.inquirer.net/160771/decongesting-metro-manila (https://business.inquirer.net/160771/decongesting-metro-manila)


https://www.philstar.com/business/2019/06/26/1929484/decongesting-metro-manila (https://www.philstar.com/business/2019/06/26/1929484/decongesting-metro-manila)


https://filipinojournal.com/dont-wait-earthquake-decongest-metro-manila/ (https://filipinojournal.com/dont-wait-earthquake-decongest-metro-manila/)
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Post by: TheStranger on October 29, 2020, 10:50:56 AM
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Post by: TheStranger on October 30, 2020, 11:28:15 AM
New video from San Miguel Corporation following the Skyway Stage 3 alignment from Buendia Avenue in Makati to EDSA in the Balintawak area of Quezon City:

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Post by: TheStranger on October 30, 2020, 03:41:10 PM

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Post by: TheStranger on October 31, 2020, 08:26:13 AM

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Post by: TheStranger on November 02, 2020, 11:44:47 AM
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Post by: TheStranger on November 03, 2020, 04:44:14 AM
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Post by: bing101 on November 03, 2020, 11:15:09 PM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindoro%E2%80%93Batangas_Super_Bridge (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindoro%E2%80%93Batangas_Super_Bridge)

Here is the proposed Batangas Bridge.
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Post by: TheStranger on November 05, 2020, 09:46:08 AM
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Post by: TheStranger on November 07, 2020, 12:59:09 PM
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Post by: bing101 on November 07, 2020, 02:37:45 PM
https://www.dpwh.gov.ph/DPWH/PPP/projs/davao_bypass (https://www.dpwh.gov.ph/DPWH/PPP/projs/davao_bypass)

Here is a New proposed road called the Davao City Bypass. Its not just Manila and Luzon getting Road Projects also Cebu and Davao are getting new highways as part of the decongest Manila program.   
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Post by: TheStranger on November 10, 2020, 03:18:39 AM
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Post by: TheStranger on November 10, 2020, 07:12:50 PM
https://businessmirror.com.ph/2020/10/29/p10-billion-skyway-extension-project-from-susana-to-sucat-done-by-december/

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Post by: TheStranger on November 13, 2020, 04:36:40 PM
photos of the newly installed signage on the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3, including a next three exits distance sign near Plaza Dilao!

https://www.facebook.com/490189280996519/posts/4030767770271968/


(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/124836222_4030767736938638_6171149769672321349_n.jpg?_nc_cat=103&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=Y-jiecAd-3EAX9Yxs56&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=84dd0e5ef60e9fe2bfee93eb31e9c68a&oe=5FD3E2E5)
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Post by: Chris on November 13, 2020, 05:06:27 PM
I wasn't aware that the Philippines also used Clearview. I knew it was adopted by Indonesia.
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Post by: TheStranger on November 13, 2020, 09:33:42 PM
I wasn't aware that the Philippines also used Clearview. I knew it was adopted by Indonesia.

Overhead signage along the expressways and on EDSA is a mix of Highway Gothic, Clearview, and some weird Helvetica variant.  Not very much consistency.

I remember that EDSA pretty much only signed short-distance destinations (i.e. Makati signage on southbound EDSA in the Ortigas Center area), I am curious if Skyway Stage 3 and the NLEX-SLEX connector will have more medium-to-long distance destinations outward of Manila (i.e. NAIA, Makati southbound, and Balintawak/Bulucan northbound) or will remain very locally oriented (districts like Sampaloc, Santa Mesa, Malate, Tondo, the Triangle area in Quezon City and inner-ring cities like San Juan).
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Post by: TheStranger on November 14, 2020, 02:16:00 AM
Video of a girder being installed on the NLEX-SLEX Connector:
https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4033112100037535?__cft__[0]=AZWKPRvQn2xPfHZBhwyW1GQtID73zEvPkz6bLLY_xAnMKgNRM7ByI8AgybOrh3k_XheIwzZuveyl9mksEr5HnZXAm31UsVagaJQJPXxZhQ-jWoxjR2WhYApoIsskENhTZsH3qQTOohEl6LFsPkgxOre9TmIx3btFRvLP3bs3GkWzHg&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R

https://mb.com.ph/2020/11/14/meralco-implements-major-relocation-works-for-the-nlex-slex-connector-road/
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Post by: TheStranger on November 14, 2020, 07:34:07 AM
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Post by: TheStranger on November 14, 2020, 01:52:23 PM
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Post by: TheStranger on November 15, 2020, 01:23:00 PM
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Post by: TheStranger on November 15, 2020, 09:28:32 PM

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Post by: TheStranger on November 16, 2020, 10:35:08 AM
Earlier in the thread, I posted a map of a proposal to connect Skyway Stage 3 with the planned New Manila International Airport.
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EJT3EDHUEAA41lG?format=jpg&name=medium)



Looks like this is now officially in consideration, from this link I found on the Skyway thread at Skyscrapercity:
https://www.philstar.com/business/2020/11/16/2057074/smc-build-roads-rail-system-bulacan-airport?fbclid=IwAR0jbcXGrj0-fUCgchS0K0rt10I5odTIvqQUkKVyrMCXlfxuSEZC1xU_uoE
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SMC’s airport development plan includes an eight-kilometer airport toll road that will connect the airport to the North Luzon Expressway and link it to the recently-completed 18-kilometer Skyway Stage 3 going to the South Luzon Expressway.

In a recent meeting with LGUs in Bulacan, SMC said it also presented several proposed road expressway projects such as the NMIA Airport Expressway, Integrated Airport Toll Expressway Network-Northern Access Link, Integrated Airport Toll Expressway Network-Southern Access Link, Integrated Airport Toll Expressway Network-Central Access Link, East Metro Manila Expressway, Northeast Airport Expressway, Calamba-San Pedro Expressway, Bulacan-Tarlac Expressway, Bataan-Bulacan Expressway,  Skyway Stage 3-R10 NMIA Expressway, MRT 7 Road, and NMIA Expressway MRT 7 (Road Spur Access).


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Post by: TheStranger on November 17, 2020, 12:28:20 AM
New photos on Pinoy Joyride FB page of the Nagtahan offramp from Skyway Stage 3 in Manila, under construction.  This links the existing highway segment to Malacanang Park where the presidential residence is located, and also to the Sampaloc district (aka the University Belt) via Mabini Bridge.

https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4041953649153380?__cft__[0]=AZXNUQYlXvLbX-z4DPmqUNrqbds0HYftNSYPRm7QfOH39Q6tCgNoyO5t5YKB8HL1ypo0jYo3wQDRgnvKZmp8dC2WwQNJIlDmD8ZfJRr8r6cJ4-uFyZaNuAm7rjQpwN3k9Tkyq4ohRv-sjO5R_uXnRWV4&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/125812850_4041953555820056_8099245269782892303_n.jpg?_nc_cat=110&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=CvB4fF9IU8cAX_ox93B&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=2129e4ae5fd00c62e4e5e5de5b150562&oe=5FD7C7CE)
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Post by: TheStranger on November 17, 2020, 10:14:27 AM
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Post by: TheStranger on November 18, 2020, 01:55:12 AM
Asphalt laying for Skyway Stage 3 has now made it as far north as the Balintawak Cloverleaf area!  (Photo via Pinoy Joyride)

https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/photos/a.1044498782232230/4045114958837249/

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/125507723_4045114962170582_356760512900501742_o.jpg?_nc_cat=108&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=sfTimQfZzHsAX-2g3ob&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=c67c8409fa3110d1ae3b08b7825c3a86&oe=5FD95D1E)
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Post by: TheStranger on November 18, 2020, 03:52:57 AM
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Post by: TheStranger on November 18, 2020, 09:23:02 PM

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Post by: TheStranger on November 19, 2020, 03:46:25 AM

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Post by: TheStranger on November 19, 2020, 05:29:38 AM
2019 map showing some of the proposed expressway alignments connecting New Manila International Airport to the existing road network:

https://www.facebook.com/nmiamnl/photos/a.307523496493023/488700828375288/

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/71651694_488700831708621_1541066353505468416_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=fZHPDuikvVUAX9KontV&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=714fd2122d64e7bdddcde3e4b2bb0da2&oe=5FDB87AF)
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Post by: bing101 on November 19, 2020, 11:50:14 AM





Dang that Double Decker Freeway of Manila Skyway reminds me of the old CA-480, Central Freeway and Cypress Freeway in the Bay Area. I understand why Manila needed more freeways and its in relation to decentralizing the Philippine economy but I hope the Manila Skyway does not face the same issues that got the Cypress Freeway to fall down in 1989 due to the Loma Prieta Quake. Also Manila has the West Valley Fault its been described as the Hayward fault of Luzon given that the Manila Area is built within proximity to this fault and is on top of Manila Bay mud. 
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Post by: TheStranger on November 19, 2020, 02:37:17 PM

Dang that Double Decker Freeway of Manila Skyway reminds me of the old CA-480, Central Freeway and Cypress Freeway in the Bay Area.

The segment is not very long (about 1-1.5 miles between Tomas Claudio Street/future NLEX Connector junction and the San Juan area) and reminds me more of the 280 extension between US 101 and Cesar Chavez (Army) Street in SF, which survived the 1989 earthquake and reopened in 1994.

Having said that, here are some quotes as to how earthquake-resistant the Skyway Stage 3 design is:

2014 -
https://www.manilatimes.net/2014/02/23/news/top-stories/skyway3-to-withstand-powerful-earthquakes/77938/
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THE contractor of the Skyway Stage 3 on Sunday assured motorists that the elevated highway will be resilient to strong earthquakes because it adheres to international standards.

Ana Gamboa, public information officer for the Skyway3, said the final engineering design of the project has been duly approved by concerned government agencies such as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

“We can’t start the construction of the project if we don’t have the design approved by concerned government agencies,” said Gamboa during the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA’s) weekly radio program on Sunday.

2019 (after the Buendia-Plaza Dilao stretch opened) -
https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1074221
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The soon-to-open stretch of the SS3 will only be open to light vehicles, with no plans yet of opening the skyway to cargo trucks and other heavy vehicles.

The public works chief also said the project was seismic rated, built to resist earthquakes.

“Our projection was it could withstand (a quake of) up to (magnitude) 8,” Villar said.

The Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 project spans three cities, Makati, Manila, and Quezon City. It is an 18.68-km. elevated expressway stretched over Metro Manila from Buendia, Makati City to Balintawak, Quezon City.
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Post by: bing101 on November 19, 2020, 07:43:05 PM
Here is another freeway under construction the Metro Cebu Expressway. This Freeway is supposed to be part of a nationwide effort to "Decentralize Manila" such as getting jobs to move out of Manila to other parts of the Philippines such as Clark, Cebu and Davao most notably.

https://www.philstar.com/business/2019/06/26/1929484/decongesting-metro-manila

https://opinion.inquirer.net/104945/forgotten-ways-decongesting-metro-manila#:~:text=Notable%20among%20these%20are%20those%20focused%20on%20decongesting,East%20%28NLEE%29%20connecting%20the%20metropolis%20to%20Nueva%20Ecija.

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Post by: TheStranger on November 19, 2020, 11:01:03 PM

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Post by: bing101 on November 20, 2020, 10:54:46 AM

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Batangas Province is where the construction is taking place.
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Post by: TheStranger on November 20, 2020, 03:27:40 PM
More roadway proposals in Metro Manila from the NLEX folks.  Most important from this though is the map from the article:
https://www.facebook.com/abscbnNEWS/posts/10159002996995168

(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/1605873656132-png.758165/)

From the article, it looks like the NLEX-CAVITEX Port Link Expressway (along the Roxas/R-10 corridor) and the long-standing C-5 expressway upgrade project (along with NLEX Section 8.2/Mindanao Avenue Extension) are part of a proposed urban ring route that encircles Manila and Quezon City.

(So if everything happens as planned, Metro Manila will have gone from zero north-south freeway routes between Makati and Balintawak (1960s to 2019), to one by late 2020 (Skyway Stage 3), two by late 2021/early 2022 (Skyway + NLEX Connector) and then up to five by the later half of the decade (NLEX-Cavitex along Roxas, NLEX Connector, Skyway, C-5, Southeast Metro Manila Expressway/C-6)!


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Post by: TheStranger on November 20, 2020, 10:35:33 PM
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Post by: TheStranger on November 21, 2020, 02:33:47 AM
Construction works for the southern Skyway extension (from Alabang to Susana Heights) temporarily halted due to a fatal girder collapse after a crane hit it in the wrong spot. Completion date now moved from December to February
https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1330013328416993280
https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1330015192525127683


Video of the girder crashing down onto the frontage road:
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=414537782922146
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Post by: TheStranger on November 22, 2020, 03:18:17 PM
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Post by: TheStranger on November 23, 2020, 05:50:18 PM
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Post by: TheStranger on November 23, 2020, 09:47:21 PM
Construction photos for the NLEX Connector at Blumentritt Road in the Manila district of Sampaloc
https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4062012790480799
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Post by: TheStranger on November 24, 2020, 07:01:38 PM
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Post by: TheStranger on November 24, 2020, 11:57:50 PM
Some construction photos of the NLEX Connector near 5th Avenue in Caloocan:

https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4065157900166288?__cft__[0]=AZV_jYDrfzDNGyA4HhVLX4-P2M5-kk3MwdrQc2KT3Pdm0dUGC40k5zp1c7piN2QHiNAwVUwC-M70rr_xB2tBCkwBPbY2cE8kS7ZTZdj2L8yUyPQYZIcFsNuznQfT7A91avjWRwRZ5zVJltgKvJWU8sJdTmbIKFG3oZRQfekBfPdSk2qFoCnLXf48UALtbjoSPYw&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/126265012_4065157750166303_5319892296082745943_n.jpg?_nc_cat=111&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=G4SIGy0panoAX9bKbFj&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=c1eb76d81f144f40bd8bde1eaea39959&oe=5FE42355)
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Post by: TheStranger on November 25, 2020, 05:18:02 AM
https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/companies/443641/top-phl-firms-form-consortium-for-p123-b-laguna-lakeshore-expressway-bid/story/
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Post by: TheStranger on November 25, 2020, 09:22:09 AM
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Post by: bing101 on November 25, 2020, 04:24:48 PM
Here is an update on the Cebu Cordova bridge. It's the equivalent of the 2013 San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge under construction prior to its opening.

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Post by: TheStranger on November 26, 2020, 02:15:48 PM

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Lighting now installed on the Skyway Stage 3!  A very very interesting contrast to how California has left much freeway lighting turned off in the last year and a half.

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/126569727_4066383813377030_8518173704363560776_o.jpg?_nc_cat=104&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=Lyq-OuRXRP0AX8b3Zcl&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=d4ee3821b66c2f6267e86d1193ca1108&oe=5FE5B7CC)
https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/photos/a.1044498782232230/4066383810043697/?type=3
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Post by: TheStranger on November 26, 2020, 04:42:43 PM
Saw this article on the expressway system and the map included mentions the "C-3 Missing Link" project...

https://businessmirror.com.ph/2020/11/26/luzon-spine-expressway-network-program-on-track-for-completion-amid-pandemic/

(https://businessmirror.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Revised-LUZON-SPINE-EXPRESSWAY2.jpg)http://Turns out this is a plan for an east-west expressway from Mall of Asia in Pasay, through northern Makati near the Circuit mall, and finally to Skyway Stage 3 near Santa Mesa - with two seperate alignment plans in existence, one from the DPWH, and one from Ayala Land (the main developer of the city of Makati, and owner of the Circuit mall).

(The proposed corridor essentially is some combination of either Chino Roces Avenue (Pasong Tamo) to Buendia Avenue, or South Avenue to Buendia Avenue;  some of which is covered by the proposed Buendia Avenue expressway that would be part of SMC's New Manila International Airport infrastructure concepts)


https://twt.com.ph/2017/11/c3-elevated-expressway-project-passing-through-sta-mesa-to-san-juan-pasig-river-to-circuit-makati/
(https://twt.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Screen-Shot-2017-11-30-at-9.29.42-PM.png)

https://www.facebook.com/CircuitMakatiOfficial/posts/news-ayala-land-inc-proposes-c3-elevated-expressway-that-will-have-interchanges-/1715032945472890/

This project shares elements with the canceled Skybridge proposal from earlier in the last decade (the San Juan River portion of Skyway Stage 3 essentially supplanted the northern part of the Skybridge alignment) as seen in this 2011 map:

(https://image.ibb.co/mYeyaa/12120739_01.jpg)

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Another map of the proposal for the C-3 Missing Link:

(https://image.ibb.co/ii321F/12120747_02.jpg)
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Post by: TheStranger on November 26, 2020, 07:15:57 PM
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Post by: TheStranger on November 27, 2020, 01:26:33 AM


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Post by: TheStranger on November 27, 2020, 06:11:47 AM
https://mb.com.ph/2020/11/27/why-not-one-rfid-for-all-and-other-questions-answered/
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Post by: TheStranger on November 28, 2020, 01:19:06 AM
Construction progress photos of the double-deck section of Skyway Stage 3 near Pandacan, Manila, courtesy Pinoy Joyride:

https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4071360319546046

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/127267484_4071360199546058_2252990216969961211_n.jpg?_nc_cat=110&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=yEiKHPcd2KUAX_YdUgs&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=5fecf63bc5893120b8eface173b8077a&oe=5FE7C50C)

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/127219807_4071360269546051_8162298465730401030_n.jpg?_nc_cat=105&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=Q4JJfpvLkTgAX8K_ijo&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=2a8822fa9237056b14f12dbd7cb92afa&oe=5FE706DD)
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Post by: TheStranger on November 28, 2020, 03:18:17 AM


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Post by: TheStranger on November 29, 2020, 02:09:17 PM
Photos from the upcoming north terminus of the Skyway, between the Camachile Flyover off of NLEX and the NLEX Balintawak toll plaza.  Precast supports already in place for a future north extension of the Metro Manila Skyway to New Manila International Airport in Bulacan.

https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4077207008961377

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/128767651_4077206855628059_6842220199242497872_o.jpg?_nc_cat=101&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=0cdbaZOtO8IAX8ASyIO&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=ca7a91cfa9acf0049958c13b32d70816&oe=5FE8F1B8)

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About seven miles south in Manila's Tondo district is the PNR rail right of way that will be used by the NLEX Connector expressway in the coming months.  Some clearance of existing residents will be required along the corridor:

https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4077082542307157

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/127581517_4077082415640503_1570867010861094410_n.jpg?_nc_cat=103&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=21caX7iIVBMAX9zSGXg&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=b95aa7c3e10edef7434594e57825b5cb&oe=5FE7D580)

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Post by: TheStranger on November 30, 2020, 12:22:02 AM
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Post by: bing101 on November 30, 2020, 12:00:42 PM

The Cebu Cordova Bridge update.

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Post by: TheStranger on November 30, 2020, 09:39:24 PM

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Post by: TheStranger on December 01, 2020, 03:55:11 AM
Photos of the nearly-finished Quezon Avenue onramp to the Skyway Stage 3.

https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4082391641776247

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/128612911_4082391601776251_2614061686764993486_n.jpg?_nc_cat=106&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=d4ln4UY6qkIAX_70eFo&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=53f031753f37f3917d266392f0d8cc7d&oe=5FEB8B81)

Further north, the new yet-to-be-used girder structures past the Skyway terminus (so far) at NLEX in Balintawak
https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4082851601730251

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s1080x2048/127531817_4082851581730253_7483276759305315661_o.jpg?_nc_cat=107&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=k70DUAdj_MsAX-9Hjue&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&tp=7&oh=12173766c47dd5b6559777097d568286&oe=5FEC3E06)

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Post by: TheStranger on December 01, 2020, 09:56:01 AM
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Post by: TheStranger on December 02, 2020, 03:10:23 AM

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Post by: TheStranger on December 02, 2020, 01:52:27 PM
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Post by: TheStranger on December 04, 2020, 02:05:44 AM
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Post by: TheStranger on December 04, 2020, 08:37:42 AM

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Construction works for the NLEX Connector near the Blumentritt PNR station.

original photo - https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/nlex-connector.1518081/post-170967828

(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/img_20201204_203144-jpg.812145)
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Post by: bing101 on December 04, 2020, 06:33:07 PM
Wow the freeway construction in the Philippines is happening at a fast pace. It will be interesting to see how many jobs will spread out to the provinces within 20-30 year period.
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Post by: bing101 on December 05, 2020, 10:48:32 AM
https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/regions/83995/imperial-manila-blamed-for-poverty-in-armm/story/


https://www.bworldonline.com/is-there-an-imperial-manila/ (https://www.bworldonline.com/is-there-an-imperial-manila/)


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_Manila


https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/01/12/09/economists-say-manila-should-become-more-dense (https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/01/12/09/economists-say-manila-should-become-more-dense)


https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/11/18/20/duterte-orders-back-up-government-center-outside-manila


There is a saying in the Philippines called "Imperial Manila" its referring to how the Philippines is very dependent on Manila for government and economic reasons. The issue is about how centralized the NCR is and how income inequality is effecting the country.  I can understand why there has been a push to put more freeways in the Philippines and its in relation to spreading goods and services outside on Manila.



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Post by: TheStranger on December 05, 2020, 01:37:01 PM
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Post by: TheStranger on December 06, 2020, 01:01:53 AM

One notable aspect of the Skyway Stage 3 extension (as seen in this video) is the prevalence of brand-new left exits in Quezon City, presumably to use as little right-of-way as possible compared to having all the ramps come off from the right sides of the carriageways.
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Post by: TheStranger on December 06, 2020, 03:14:08 AM
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Post by: TheStranger on December 06, 2020, 10:03:53 AM
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Post by: bing101 on December 07, 2020, 09:29:30 AM
Here is an Update on the Manila Skyway.
Also there are plans to build the Panguil Bay Bridge in Mindanao, Philippines and thats going under construction.
https://www.mindanaodailynews.com/news/front-page/latest-headlines/korean-firm-starts-construction-of-panguil-bay-bridge (https://www.mindanaodailynews.com/news/front-page/latest-headlines/korean-firm-starts-construction-of-panguil-bay-bridge)There are also plans to build a Cavite Bataan Bridge. All of this is in relation to getting the Philippines to decentralize the economy and spread the wealth outside of Manila.
https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/826671/bridge-plan-across-manila-bay-to-link-cavite-bataan (https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/826671/bridge-plan-across-manila-bay-to-link-cavite-bataan)
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Post by: TheStranger on December 07, 2020, 04:19:51 PM
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Post by: TheStranger on December 07, 2020, 06:36:10 PM
San Miguel Corporation 2021 calendar showing the Pasig River Expressway:

(https://scontent.fmnl4-5.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/128352660_3602205756566408_575406977842130134_o.jpg?_nc_cat=106&ccb=2&_nc_sid=0debeb&_nc_ohc=ZfMO_pHvhscAX9_vLfV&_nc_ht=scontent.fmnl4-5.fna&oh=c1f13b4d3b48e3c58649c23b2b08e72f&oe=5FED6083)

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Post by: TheStranger on December 07, 2020, 07:46:36 PM
Construction near Blumentritt PNR Station for the NLEX Connector:

https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4098299916852086

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/129205406_4098294046852673_7465979893304655174_n.jpg?_nc_cat=106&ccb=2&_nc_sid=730e14&_nc_ohc=Tgqe1HLyE3kAX9I1PWk&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=b88fb3f6571532b5d0f869071233d0ad&oe=5FF2AA16)
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Post by: bing101 on December 08, 2020, 09:25:40 AM


Here is an update on the Cebu Expressway by A Walk Tour.
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Post by: TheStranger on December 08, 2020, 06:28:08 PM
While SMC has had to deal with the  tragic construction accident south of Alabang on the Skyway extension, the NLEX operators have gotten into hot water with the Manila suburb of Valenzuela, due to traffic problems related to glitches in RFID tolltag implementation at the tollbooths approaching that city.

https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/12/7/valenzuela-nlex-toll-booth-business-permit-suspended.html

https://www.topgear.com.ph/news/motoring-news/nlex-statement-on-valenzuela-city-a4354-20201208

As of now, the NLEX tollbooths in Valenzuela have been forced to offer completely free passage to motorists due to the city halting the tollway's business permit in its boundaries.

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Parallel to all this, tests for the interoperability of the various tolltags (Autosweep & Easytrip) are being conducted on several rural expressways:
https://www.topgear.com.ph//news/motoring-news/rfid-interoperability-moa-signing-a4354-20201207?ref=article_popular

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Post by: TheStranger on December 09, 2020, 10:57:06 AM

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Post by: TheStranger on December 10, 2020, 01:23:04 AM

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According to this post from News5, the Skyway Stage 3 is now 95% ready for the planned soft opening of the road (likely just the mainline from Plaza Dilao in Manila to NLEX in Balintawak, with ramps still under construction between those two points) this month:
https://www.facebook.com/News5Everywhere/posts/2311514662338608

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/129371629_2311506389006102_4932711579587398116_o.jpg?_nc_cat=1&ccb=2&_nc_sid=730e14&_nc_ohc=VCuM3Fyo05UAX_QLFpg&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=b74b7b624c01859dfddf03fcfbc4c327&oe=5FF634D7)

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/130907106_2311506365672771_7628966151779910617_n.jpg?_nc_cat=1&ccb=2&_nc_sid=730e14&_nc_ohc=WXi4BjpypycAX_j8RD1&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=43744796fc4e415df9e4228e5ce0f159&oe=5FF726C6)

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/130761240_2311506372339437_5938921565795694925_n.jpg?_nc_cat=1&ccb=2&_nc_sid=730e14&_nc_ohc=I8ofynrWaT8AX8NrtEZ&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=9122c0a4b02419eccc9bd6b9a653d6ec&oe=5FF82E7B)

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https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4107598149255596

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/130249987_10223982017729165_8543271711127487849_o.jpg?_nc_cat=109&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=OyY386tjzkYAX9klH6c&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=3fc12332afd221a58213812c91b4c50e&oe=5FF62F7C)
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Post by: TheStranger on December 10, 2020, 09:48:25 AM

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Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on December 10, 2020, 11:24:51 AM
An opinion piece on the NLEX/Valenzuela dispute (over how haphazard the RFID installation mandate/usage has gone so far).  More notable is that San Miguel Corporation (who notably operates the Skyway and SLEX), amongst other entities, wants a delay for full cashless tolling implementation into February or March 2021:

https://opinion.inquirer.net/136031/yet-another-mess
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Post by: Joe The Dragon on December 10, 2020, 12:20:56 PM
An opinion piece on the NLEX/Valenzuela dispute (over how haphazard the RFID installation mandate/usage has gone so far).  More notable is that San Miguel Corporation (who notably operates the Skyway and SLEX), amongst other entities, wants a delay for full cashless tolling implementation into February or March 2021:

https://opinion.inquirer.net/136031/yet-another-mess
for 2021 is should be full speed ETC.
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Post by: TheStranger on December 10, 2020, 12:50:54 PM
An opinion piece on the NLEX/Valenzuela dispute (over how haphazard the RFID installation mandate/usage has gone so far).  More notable is that San Miguel Corporation (who notably operates the Skyway and SLEX), amongst other entities, wants a delay for full cashless tolling implementation into February or March 2021:

https://opinion.inquirer.net/136031/yet-another-mess
for 2021 is should be full speed ETC.

The deadline has been moved back twice from November to December, and from December to January.

For that matter, the current tollbooth setup on Philippine expressway is not high speed cashless, but rather traditional low-speed tollbooths being converted to ETC.  (This in part explains why the NLEX toll plazas in Valenzuela have not been flowing well as of late)
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Post by: TheStranger on December 10, 2020, 07:06:30 PM
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Post by: TheStranger on December 11, 2020, 03:43:28 AM

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Further north, in Tarlac/Nueva Ecija, the Central Luzon Link Expressway project is progressing nicely, with a targeted completion of April 2021.  Essentially a spur route off NLEX, the CLLEX will bring the communities of Cabanatuan and Aliaga onto the expressway network (and significantly reduce travel time both to Tarlac/Pampanga and to Metro Manila).  (An analogy: NLEX is to I-65 in Decatur, Alabama as CLLEX is to I-565)

https://www.facebook.com/dpwhph/posts/3517573191689474

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/131107761_3517572248356235_8665564161426232591_o.jpg?_nc_cat=106&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=0KRZKnGAFbIAX_-i8R4&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=59ccb6195c1421f57225de2e26ae129a&oe=5FFAB9C9)

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/130866341_3517572645022862_2617164638699350325_o.jpg?_nc_cat=108&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=VgNpze6yevkAX8A4Dd7&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=93ebf41100810b1c48b2de643482eabb&oe=5FF7CAFB)


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Post by: TheStranger on December 11, 2020, 10:53:26 AM
Video on construction works for the NLEX Connector in Caloocan

(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/1607690374803-png.840897/)


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Photo set of signage on CALAX (Cavite-Laguna Expressway)

https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/cavite-laguna-expressway.1583134/post-171072003

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3cw-YV8riDvh9Camn1tYghj__jUQV2kDyeSETv5kX1k8oNcPKO4jRwZRY59ZMC2wpqhHSLmzM7z7fKMJzKKxsciVgLaFb_FzyUZSBcNU-lQt3RlvzVoN4XyQ2CyVmQUPX24lh15NhvEeqGijVjTLGgu=w960-h720-no?authuser=0)
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3eo0GhFiTrbp_UGiYECv2pfYZV0yqrdnMi9dK4eG-VQ4CrbklkRB0kOM3rDapA7rjp__FTQWou0CKGI-hhemz0MW9gp0SWqqhWsgCONtzTlka5JwWNZBiFWDdaU979Y37dN1ZsSqgYv7YjjnPvQMu3h=w960-h720-no?authuser=0)
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Post by: TheStranger on December 11, 2020, 11:25:50 AM
Some new photos of the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 from dmitrivalencia/Pinoy Joyride as we get closer to the road's opening.

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/130870005_4111243422224402_5286889875219238289_o.jpg?_nc_cat=108&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=RpYgskUuSZQAX9l2eZi&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=2bdfa462b314dbe1a63202617e78ead7&oe=5FFA97AC)
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https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4109957249019686
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Post by: TheStranger on December 12, 2020, 01:04:48 AM

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on December 12, 2020, 02:32:09 PM
After the traffic congestion dispute between NLEX and the city of Valenzuela, cash collection will restart at the tollbooths (while dedicated RFID lanes remain) -

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/motoring/767621/nlex-to-return-cash-lanes-amid-rfid-system-woes/story/
https://www.philstar.com/nation/2020/12/13/2063368/all-nlex-toll-plazas-reopen-cash-lanes

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Photo from Pinoy Joyride/dmitrivalencia of the double-deck Skyway Stage 3 segment in Quezon City:

https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4105033019512109?__cft__[0]=AZVao10fJODauFlK1iu8NcFzW2hVEo7OEvcnI3M4J99cfSvkxJ_t8rLdYFKXezTAWjoyAvw-ogBuQal8I2cIhpitL2lbR1glQoYiEVp1TwA9BZanWi1aqd0oIGTABzYuCrKnnDAbwSHXZqUSLXKWo_EaJ0PPwbnhPYaf8Dj-FIJhY8smzivxGR0UHVr5L5LAAZ0&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/130258825_4105032986178779_5720609517603595928_o.jpg?_nc_cat=108&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=iezl82kvai8AX_TF4dC&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=29bf96e5fc84c47468b4a943000b2f11&oe=5FFA0532)
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Post by: TheStranger on December 13, 2020, 01:03:39 PM
New photo of NLEX Connector construction works near the Blumentritt PNR station

https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/nlex-connector.1518081/post-171100684

(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/img_20201213_213137-jpg.848596/)
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Post by: TheStranger on December 13, 2020, 03:05:22 PM
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Post by: TheStranger on December 16, 2020, 12:42:58 AM
Asphalt installation on the Skyway segment between Paco and Pandacan. Photos from Pinoy Joyride/dmitrivalencia

https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4123349714347106

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/131442525_4123349047680506_585933112318133232_n.jpg?_nc_cat=111&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=rLmsdmRECHsAX_Nh6vb&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=a151116fbc7f1a6ff750c26f7ac86469&oe=5FFDDEF9)

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Post by: TheStranger on December 16, 2020, 02:52:09 AM
New video of the restarted construction for the Skyway southern extension beyond Alabang (to Susana Heights)

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Post by: TheStranger on December 16, 2020, 10:18:44 AM
Engineers inspecting construction work on the Skyway at the future interchange with NLEX Connector in Pandacan.  Ramps to Tomas Claudio Street also are part of this section.

https://www.facebook.com/abdullahmambuay/posts/10217874849038447

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/131619978_10217874817117649_1708055676446321239_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&ccb=2&_nc_sid=730e14&_nc_ohc=2Y4cjqnJlygAX8_YkWz&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=3b2b7abe64b9531ec623560f265b6878&oe=5FFEC35C)

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Post by: TheStranger on December 16, 2020, 02:01:05 PM
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Post by: TheStranger on December 16, 2020, 03:05:30 PM
From this article:
https://malaya.com.ph/index.php/news_special_feature/decongesting-edsa/

A good map of the expressway construction in progress in Metro Manila, showing how EDSA will essentially have its traffic load taken off by 3 different north-south expressways (NLEX Connector, Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3, and the C-6 outer beltway) in just a few years.

(https://malaya.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/14Roads.jpg)
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Post by: TheStranger on December 16, 2020, 09:34:47 PM



In that third video (a drive from the Filinvest exit in Alabang north to the current temporary terminus in Paco), a distance sign for multiple exits is located right after the Skyway bends to the northeast where Shakey's Pizza used to be, at Osmena and Quirino.  The distance sign is as follows:

Nagtahan 2km (1.2 miles)
Quezon Avenue 8 km (5 miles)
Balintawak 13km (8 miles)

What intrigues me greatly about that setup:

- will this sign itself be temporary?  Given that Nagtahan is not going to be the last exit in the area at all, there are at least one or two more slated on that stretch depending on the final ramp configuration of the Tomas Claudio and NLEX Connector interchanges, and there is also one exit in Quezon City (E. Rodriguez) before Quezon Avenue.

- those distances also are a good test of how much quicker travel will be on the Skyway between the Magallanes Interchange in southern Makati and the Balintawak Cloverleaf, as opposed to the decades of inter-city and local shopping and commute traffic opting to use EDSA.

- Not sure if any of the three-cities-ahead signage familiar here in the US is there yet, this seems to be a hybrid of that and of upcoming-exits signage.  When the Skyway is extended to New Manila International Airport in Bulacan, I could see that as a future control city - but it would be a bit of a change in practice from the hyper-local control cities currently in use on EDSA.
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Post by: TheStranger on December 17, 2020, 10:27:01 AM



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Post by: bing101 on December 17, 2020, 08:53:37 PM

Pinoy Joyride has released an update on the CLLEX expressway in Central Luzon.

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Post by: TheStranger on December 18, 2020, 02:58:52 AM

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on December 18, 2020, 10:31:39 AM
From Pinoy Joyride/dmitrivalencia: Lane markings on Skyway Stage 3 in Pandacan right where it begins to follow the Pasig and San Juan Rivers

https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4128994223782655?__cft__[0]=AZUvsKPlUFyxRfYPnTpo_wdapyx9YHzJ0OgY3mZMenKLk68hKAJsWeerg47-uXBkYmzm-MKl1_vq4DGPaIy4SQe2I1eLlW6U4C991lrPWlMFxUhH3ak8WK3xGd9icAd8qRhNkufnS_YvvZXqMGqh7XV5&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R

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Post by: TheStranger on December 18, 2020, 07:55:27 PM
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Post by: TheStranger on December 20, 2020, 01:55:46 AM
From SkyscraperCity forums: a map of the segment of the NLEX Segment 8.2/C-5 ring road that is awaiting right of way being secured.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/nlex-segment-8-2-mindanao-avenue-to-luzon-avenue.2222126/

(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/2020-12-20_13-29-45-jpg.875974/)
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Post by: bing101 on December 20, 2020, 08:24:11 PM
Pinoy Joyride does a tour of San Fernando, Pampanga to the NLEX interchange.
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Post by: TheStranger on December 21, 2020, 04:15:59 AM
Article on how some of the educational work San Miguel Corporation has set up for residents of Bulacan who are being displaced by SMC's New Manila International Airport has cultivated possible crew members to handle Pasig River dredging as preparation for the Pasing River Expressway/PAREX project:

http://pageone.ph/smc-to-employ-taliptip-residents-for-its-tullahan-bulacan-pasig-river-cleanup-projects/

Also mentioned is dredging of the Tullahan River, which has been shown in planning maps to form part of the corridor for a possible Metro Manila Skyway extension to NMIA (specifically from the Balintawak toll plaza west to Malabon).

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Cool video showing the progression of the Metro Manila/Luzon expressway system, from 0 through routes inside the EDSA perimeter from the 1970s until now, to the ongoing NLEX Connector and Skyway Stage 3 projects within Manila itself and the C-5 and C-6 belt routes/bypasses, and the now-proposed Port Link Expressway, Pasig River Expressway (as well as the C-3 missing link proposal from San Juan to Makati/Pasay that seems to be stillborn for now).
Here's a map from that video of what was actively being pursued in July, some weeks before San Miguel Corporation made PAREX one of their priority projects - note the lack of east-west corridors in this, beyond the northernmost section of C-5/NLEX Segment 8.2 that includes a connection to SEMME/C-6.

(https://i.imgur.com/P3XRUn6.png)

With the Pasig River Expressway and the La Mesa Parkway/North Luzon East Expressway, here's what this would look like - modifications from me, especially to show where San Miguel has aligned the C-6 expressway (much closer to Antipolo than to C-5) and to highlight completed sections of C-5 and Skyway Stage 3:
(https://i.imgur.com/ogRyCBK.png)

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Post by: TheStranger on December 21, 2020, 10:41:28 AM
New photo from Pinoy Joyride/dmitrivalencia of signage at Skyway Stage 3's north terminus along NLEX near the Balintawak toll plaza:

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/131997297_4137250892956988_8887852308432027626_o.jpg?_nc_cat=110&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=ANv67ZUxDHwAX-JRNOm&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=c9314584e48199bce590f8156d724b9c&oe=6007FDF1)

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More photos of Skyway Stage 3, from a Skyscrapercity moderator. This set is of northbound onramp construction at G. Araneta Avenue and Landargun in Quezon City, near a Shell station.

https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/metro-manila-skyway.1492516/post-171220721
(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/img_20201221_155734-jpg.881074/)
(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/img_20201221_155743-jpg.881072/)
(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/img_20201221_155752-jpg.881070/)
(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/img_20201221_155759-jpg.881067/)

Google street view of the area:
https://www.google.com/maps/@14.6110879,121.0170678,3a,75y,47.65h,103.9t/data=!3m9!1e1!3m7!1sW4oZCfWEqKfBdo8YB74T5A!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!9m2!1b1!2i36
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Post by: TheStranger on December 21, 2020, 10:51:55 AM
Also from Pinoy Joyride/dmitrivalencia: new onramp from NLEX East Service Road to northbound NLEX, right at the area of the Camachile Flyover:

https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4137172376298173

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/132000107_4137169466298464_4067023586771423554_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=qnhONDn7FPQAX8QnFr7&_nc_oc=AQllGzgrX2z1Jhvf4zaGX3MthzwRalWaEVY-nGbtviwPsJeUKy3Wtvt-EvkbLFSJwdwZeoTTpLSvMVQIK75tLJHc&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=cc1a39222a96cc4d3992af01496f411d&oe=60069A36)

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Post by: TheStranger on December 23, 2020, 01:52:26 AM
From dmitrivalencia/Pinoy Joride - photos of ramp construction at the Nagtahan exit off of Skyway Stage 3 in Paco:

https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4141973482484729?__cft__[0]=AZXcy3BKo9IFGkTEz0QBH84kr1nCUve-ExqsPI-Gc0aAY8Ge27XMndcRbNgkxAGWKqNXQgDgMFJz3s4P0XE2kwwOEtLpdQJBRRRpJAK9rFX0i3MpYSycc46xReypLrb3SqJjQW91HdOy1IjQZU1hnRBE&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/132307111_4141973345818076_6367296946576943398_n.jpg?_nc_cat=105&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=fVlCKyBhQpgAX82Btcw&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=1d8eb58000a24de3f476be511f8d484f&oe=60083D97)

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Post by: TheStranger on December 23, 2020, 10:26:49 AM
(400th reply in the thread!)

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Post by: TheStranger on December 23, 2020, 04:42:13 PM
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Post by: bing101 on December 24, 2020, 12:30:01 PM
https://thephilippinestoday.com/sacobia-bridge/
Philippines has another bridge under construction its in Clark and this bridge is called the Sacobia Bridge.

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Post by: TheStranger on December 25, 2020, 03:44:35 PM

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article on the New Manila International Airport project in Bulacan brings up the planned Skyway north extension from Balintawak/Caloocan to the airport:
https://businessmirror.com.ph/2020/12/16/san-miguel-taps-boskalis-for-mia-land-development/

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Its airport development plan includes an 8-kilometer airport toll road that will connect the airport to the North Luzon Expressway and link it to the recently-completed 18-kilometer Skyway Stage 3 going to the South Luzon Expressway.
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Post by: TheStranger on December 26, 2020, 01:34:31 AM
- video from a staffer handling paving work on Skyway Stage 3

- vlog covering construction works for the Skyway Stage 3 from ground level (i.e. along Quirino Avenue, Araneta Avenue) as well as a little bit of driving on NAIAx/SLEX.

- another Skyway Stage 3 video from surface level (showing the onramp from Osmena/Buendia north to the Skyway that is currently temporarily closed), with English language narration.  also shows the ongoing incomplete ramp construction at the Nagtahan exit, which will be the main access point to Malcanang Palace and also for now (until the NLEX Connector is finished) the main route from Makati and SLEX to Sampaloc.  Some cool boat views of the Pasig and San Juan River segments of SS3.

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neat photo of the Pasig River/San Juan River section of Skyway Stage 3, with the solid white lane markings:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4320858314597399&set=a.210002845682987&type=3

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/133385632_4320858321264065_7081712807788662165_o.jpg?_nc_cat=103&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=v_HeoKh0bBAAX8jdEet&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=5ceaa4dae6ec5f4fa6b5947a173e14ea&oe=600AD67F)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on December 26, 2020, 04:10:09 AM
New map of Luzon expressway projects!  Easily decoded map legend too (blue for existing/built route, red for under construction, dotted red for proposed) -

https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/r3-south-luzon-expressway.1577141/page-333

(https://scontent.fmnl9-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/131108767_10218030613901794_3440395824905397101_o.jpg?_nc_cat=108&ccb=2&_nc_sid=666b5a&_nc_ohc=As6BR5GJ4pQAX_VdJju&_nc_ht=scontent.fmnl9-1.fna&oh=8b052c51424b50f0b7a89575c6e7b122&oe=600CA60B)

Notable details:

- the Port Area Expressway and the Pasig River Expressway are both seen on this map as proposed

- on the other hand, none of C-6 north of the Batasan spur is shown as even proposed at the moment

- for the Pasig River Expressway, it seems the official start of the west portion (Anda Circle to Skyway) will utilize the Nagtahan ramps towards Malacanang Park before cutting back over on a westbound trajectory.  This is the alignment shown on San Miguel Corporation's big map of road planning as part of the New Manila International Airport project.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on December 26, 2020, 09:08:49 AM
Photos of construction work at the Caloocan Interchange (Harbor Link + NLEX Connector + 5th Avenue/C-3)

https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4150250628323681?__cft__[0]=AZU_5VDgsaSTJ8YsMACLfb1UcuR2Mjzeux0vHnqHkvbd9vfBf53wMkZ60l1bTi7pHrDpMbmY9RHKW1KVuYAEVGRtf0HlPcmxXsLH3nNbxvu-ktX1SyWhe8enauVaSeILmW9CxZqIgUMKrCxohbWET3o9&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R

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Finally have an opening date for Skyway Stage 3 of December 30th, according to one source!  (Currently 10:10 PM Philippine time right now on 12/26, so that would be essentially a little over 74-75 hours from now)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/southsnippets/permalink/860662558067075/

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Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on December 27, 2020, 02:45:38 AM
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on December 27, 2020, 10:44:49 AM
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on December 28, 2020, 01:25:05 AM
Skyway Stage 3 opening actually will be on December 29th!

https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4155169204498490

Quote from Ramon S. Ang of San Miguel Corporation:
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I am pleased to announce the partial opening tomorrow, December 29, of our 18-km Skyway Stage 3, for free to motorists for one month. By January 14, we can all enjoy the full benefits of this engineering marvel. Despite the continuous rains that delayed its completion, the entire team worked so hard to deliver this game-changing project.

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More details on the opening:

https://www.facebook.com/inquirerdotnet/posts/10160940671444453

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LOOK: San Miguel Corp. to open Skyway Stage 3 from Buendia, Makati to NLEx on Tuesday (Dec. 29).

Only 4 lanes will be opened & all 7 lanes to be useable by Jan. 14, 2021.

SMC says will waive toll fees for 1 month.

So not a Super 2 configuration, but a full four-lane controlled access route along all of Stage 3!  Then all lanes open halfway through January.

Photos from that post:

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Cool photo of the Pandacan/Paco section of Skyway Stage 3:
https://www.autoindustriya.com/auto-industry-news/skyway-stage-3-opens-to-motorists-tomorrow-toll-free-for-1-month.html

(https://www.autoindustriya.com/image.php?src=/images/posts/post19282.jpg&w=2560&s=1)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on December 28, 2020, 03:53:01 AM
Video of Skyway Stage 3 one day before opening, showing the cone setup that will be used for the initial 2x2 lane configuration (as opposed to the 6 lane and 5 lane layouts once the road is fully opened on January 14th)


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Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on December 28, 2020, 10:27:18 AM
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on December 28, 2020, 08:48:43 PM
GMA News clip on today's (12/29 in the Philippines) Skyway Stage 3 soft opening.

It's almost 10 AM in Makati at the moment and news reporters are still on the pavement itself - a user at SkyscraperCity speculated that the actual opening time will be around noon over there (so in two hours).


Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on December 28, 2020, 08:52:05 PM
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on December 28, 2020, 09:11:21 PM
As part of the Skyway Stage 3 soft opening, three ramps will be open today!

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Balintawak Southbound On Ramp: OPEN
Plaza Dilao Southbound On Ramp: OPEN
Buendia Northbound: OPEN

Essentially, access from the Paco district to Makati via Skyway now exists, as well as access from Makati north towards Balintawak.  The Balintawak southbound onramp likely is the one that connects Bonifacio Avenue/EDSA with southbound Skyway heading to Manila/Makati.

However, with the opening of the Plaza Dilao onramp to southbound skyway, the former temporary northbound ramp (using the same right of way) to the plaza is now closed for the time being, to be supplanted by the eventual Quirino Avenue and Nagtahan exits:
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One user at SkyscraperCity apparently has now gone on the road between Quezon City and Makati and noted it is 10 minutes between Quezon and Buendia Avenues.  Road currently has a 60kph/40MPH speed limit in the 2x2 temporary configuration.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/metro-manila-skyway.1492516/post-171314850
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on December 28, 2020, 09:57:38 PM
As the road opens up to the public, more updates and photos:

- Onramp photo with distances listed, at the northern terminus near the Balintawak Toll Plaza of NLEX in Caloocan:
https://www.facebook.com/smcramonang/photos/a.117887309966315/204096454678733/?type=3
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- Quick timelapse of the Buendia-Balintawak northbound/lower deck drive:
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- This tweet notes the ramps that are currently open north of Amorsolo, specifically including the Quezon Avenue ramps in Quezon City:
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Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on December 29, 2020, 12:01:41 AM

Real-speed video of Dmitri Valencia/Pinoy Joyride going north on the new alignment:

https://www.facebook.com/dmitri.valencia/videos/2380425905435517/?t=5

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Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on December 29, 2020, 03:03:59 AM

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Temporary signage with destination distances. (photo via dmitrivalencia/Pinoy Joyride)
https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4157759484239462
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Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on December 29, 2020, 04:30:03 AM
Dmitrivalencia/Pinoy Joyride's first Youtube video of the first day of Skyway Stage 3
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on December 29, 2020, 12:16:56 PM
Video showing a bit of a traffic jam along Skyway Stage 3 on Day 1 due to a random one-lane checkpoint at the Pasig River northbound.  Earlier in the day there was already a line of cars at the northbound Quirino Avenue exit

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Road Scouts' English language commentary on both directions of the new Skyway segment:

I offered the following thoughts as a comment to the video above:

Thanks for the video!  As someone who's been following this project from overseas (I've been to Metro Manila five times since late 2016) it's really neat to see everything come together now, and this is one of the few English-language commentaries on Youtube.

SOUTHBOUND THOUGHTS:

- The distance sign on the onramp from NLEX in Balintawak is almost overwhelming, one can't possibly read six destinations at 60-80kph!  (In the US, those types of signs are at most limited to three destinations total; the currently covered-up next-three-exits sign on the northbound Skyway near Nagtahan has that sort of formatting)

- Nice to see the possible 5th Avenue/C-3 connector mentioned (it has been shown in SMC's map of proposed highways as part of the New Manila International Airport project). 

- Multiple left-exit ramps on the Skyway (Quezon Avenue southbound, Tomas Claudio/NLEX Connector northbound) stand out because that is not really a feature in most modern expressway designs, but makes sense here as a space-saving technique.  In the US left exits now have to be noted with black-on-yellow text on the signage, not sure that sort of distinction has been adopted yet in the Philippines

- In SMC's planning map for NMIA, the Pasig River Expressway alignment continues north and west from the Nagtahan exit (towards Anda Circle) and continues east along the river from Tomas Claudio.  Super curious in the near future how the PAREX connections will be incorporated here.  (I already see a stub for a future onramp at Tomas Claudio, presumably for NLEX Connector)

- When the road fully opens on January 14th I presume the speed limit will be upped to the full 80kph design speeed.  In some other videos people have already measured how quickly they've goten from Buendia to Balintawak so it'll be neat to see how much faster things will be once all six lanes are operational.


NORTHBOUND THOUGHTS:

- From the other videos I've seen, it's interesting that SMC went through all the effort of covering up the signs for Nagtahan, yet has the wrong "next exit" listed (Quezon Avenue) from Buendia, when Quirino is the next exit up.  I think also that "Skyway Ends" sign is still up between Amorsolo and Buendia, even though the road had already continued north to Plaza Dilao since July/August 2019.

- When NLEX Connector opens, gotta wonder what the listed destinations will be at Tomas Claudio - Sampaloc/Valenzuela for the connector vs. Balintawak for Skyway?  (This is the offramp you passed by at 22:03)

- The every-100-meters advance notice signs for Quezon Avenue contrast immensely with the almost total lack of sigange for the Quirino offramp.  (In other videos of the Skyway, I've seen already that the standard distance between signs is already set up for the Nagtahan ramps)

- Left onramp at Quezon Avenue to northbound Skyway.  Hopefully the merge lane will be long enough coming off that and onto the Skyway

- the support pillars near the Del Monte toll plaza are a bit awkward without some sort of wall/guardrail around them!
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on December 29, 2020, 02:53:54 PM
More videos of the Skyway Stage 3 opening:

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Video showing the onramps from Quezon Avenue:
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on December 30, 2020, 12:48:38 AM
Afternoon video of the northbound Skyway Stage 3, first-person view of the construction/checkpoint bottleneck in Pandacan:
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on December 30, 2020, 01:02:11 AM
At SkyscraperCity, forum users are already not happy with the configuration of the Quezon Avenue offramp from northbound Skyway:
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/metro-manila-skyway.1492516/page-573

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Dmitrivalencia/Pinoy Joyride just posted video of the Balintawak to Makati journey on southbound Skyway Stage 3:

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This video mentions that the eventual toll from Buendia to Balintawak will be 90 pesos/essentially a little less than $1.90:

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on December 30, 2020, 11:13:05 AM

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new lighting along lower deck of the Skyway!

https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4158416017507142

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Evening drive along Skyway Stage 3:

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on December 31, 2020, 01:42:54 AM
From Skyscrapercity: someone posted a link to this video (27 minutes in) showing how the narrow, ROW-limited design of the ramp from NB Skyway Stage 3 to Quezon Avenue/Araneta Avenue has resulted in already 40+ minute delays there:


Some ramp photos from September via Pinoy Joyride/dmitrivalencia -
(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/1609392718617-png.915578)
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Will be curious to see if the opening of other Skyway exits relieves the pressure on this one, as well as the eventual NLEX Connector interchange with Espana Boulevard in Sampaloc, which is the westward continuation of Quezon Avenue.
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Another night drive video on the Skyway!



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Video here concludes with showing light traffic at Quezon Avenue offramp, compared to the day before (probably as it is New Year's eve).  Does show the shoehorned configuration of the offramp towards Araneta Avenue.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on December 31, 2020, 01:22:56 PM
NLEX Connector right of way update video


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Skyway video from the Quezon  Avenue southbound on ramp. Shows how Araneta Avenue here functions as a sort of frontage road

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Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 01, 2021, 09:35:04 AM
Skyway video from Buendia onramp to Quezon Avenue offramp.  Off-peak hours so the backups at Quezon seen in other videos aren't there.   The short merge onto northbound Araneta Avenue is pretty apparent though!

Also shown in the video is increased speed enforcement on day 3 of the road's soft opening, about a kilometer south of the Quezon offramps.


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Motorcycle ride video of the Skyway including Stage 3:

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Latest photo of NLEX Connector construction works near Blumentritt PNR station:
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/nlex-connector.1518081/post-171359273

(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/img_20201213_213137-jpg.919290/)



Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 01, 2021, 12:09:12 PM
One of the projects that San Miguel Corporation has proposed as part of the New Manila International Airport development is the Bataan-Bulacan Expressway.  Here's a map of the whole planned routing (including what San Miguel has named the Shoreline Expressway) that actually connects Bataan with the NLEX Harbor Link near Navotas:
(https://www.dpwh.gov.ph/dpwh/sites/default/files/PPP_images/manila%20bay.png)

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 02, 2021, 03:03:03 AM
Neat roadtrip video from Cavite to Balintawak using CAVITEX, NAIAx, and the Skyway:
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on January 02, 2021, 10:26:11 AM

Here is an update on the CCLEX Bridge in Cebu by A walk tour.

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: Chris on January 02, 2021, 10:32:01 AM
One of the projects that San Miguel Corporation has proposed as part of the New Manila International Airport development is the Bataan-Bulacan Expressway.  Here's a map of the whole planned routing (including what San Miguel has named the Shoreline Expressway) that actually connects Bataan with the NLEX Harbor Link near Navotas:
(https://www.dpwh.gov.ph/dpwh/sites/default/files/PPP_images/manila%20bay.png)


The Dutch contractor Boskalis announced a record € 1.5 billion land reclamation contract for the new Manila Airport last month. This looks like it is island 2.

Apparently this is the whole project: https://www.dpwh.gov.ph/dpwh/PPP/projs/MFCDE
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 02, 2021, 03:38:19 PM

The Dutch contractor Boskalis announced a record € 1.5 billion land reclamation contract for the new Manila Airport last month. This looks like it is island 2.

Apparently this is the whole project: https://www.dpwh.gov.ph/dpwh/PPP/projs/MFCDE

Island 2 actually is located across from the peninsula that the airport itself is on, which is west of Bayan ng Obando.  Here's San Miguel's NMIA map that shows the BBEX/Shoreline route relative to the airport property and the proposed Skyway extension from Balintawak to NMIA:

(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/tapatalk_1599571229157-jpeg.490949/)

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A quaint reminder of pre-Skyway life: video from yesterday of the surface street routes it bypassed, Osmena Highway and Quirino Avenue:


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Road Scouts video showing the new Luzon Spine through connections from Batangas to Rosario, La Union: STAR, SLEX, Skyway, NLEX, SCTEX, TPLEX (ultimately a six part video series).  If anything highlights why I've been of the opinion route numbering on expressways needs to become a thing at some point in the Philippines, this unintentionally does a great job of it:

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Another northbound day drive of the Skyway, amusingly pointing out a lot of the signage issues this soft opening has (i.e. why Quirino has NO advanced signage, why the Skyway Ends sign at Buendia still is up, etc.)

In other videos someone asked about the structure being built right next to the northbound lanes of the Skyway in Paco; a commenter here states it may become a new SM mall (and probably the easiest mall to access from the Skyway after Cloverleaf and Cash and Carry).
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 02, 2021, 06:17:14 PM
Overhead view of the Skyway Stage 3 in operation.


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Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on January 02, 2021, 11:02:05 PM
One of the projects that San Miguel Corporation has proposed as part of the New Manila International Airport development is the Bataan-Bulacan Expressway.  Here's a map of the whole planned routing (including what San Miguel has named the Shoreline Expressway) that actually connects Bataan with the NLEX Harbor Link near Navotas:
(https://www.dpwh.gov.ph/dpwh/sites/default/files/PPP_images/manila%20bay.png)


The Dutch contractor Boskalis announced a record € 1.5 billion land reclamation contract for the new Manila Airport last month. This looks like it is island 2.

Apparently this is the whole project: https://www.dpwh.gov.ph/dpwh/PPP/projs/MFCDE (https://www.dpwh.gov.ph/dpwh/PPP/projs/MFCDE)
That setup looks like the Philippines version of CA-37 in California.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 03, 2021, 06:39:48 AM
Aerial video of the ongoing work to the Skyway Extension from Alabang to Susana Heights:


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Southbound drive along the existing C-5, showing some of the short ad hoc expressway segments that exist (particularly between Pasig and BGC) as well as the new viaduct being built for a proper elevated expressway just east of SLEX:

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On Skyscrapercity some folks were discussing what needs to happen next after the opening of Skyway Stage 3, given that it does have some gaps in access provisions (i.e. no connection at all to C-5 going to Bonifacio Global City, and at present only one exit total southbound in Makati city limits).   So a closeup of San Miguel's NMIA/Metro Manila expressway plan shows the Manila/Makati/BGC area proposals more clearly.

(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/screenshot_20210103_120021_com-google-android-apps-docs-jpg.924148)

By numbered label:

04. Skyway Stage 4/Southeast Metro Manila Expressway (SEMME)
WEST TERMINUS: Metro Manila Skyway, Taguig (at FTI complex)
EAST TERMINUS: C-6/Southeast Metro Manila Expressway continuation, via Pasig River Expressway


There has been some talk about the southernmost segment of SEMME essentially duplicating the same corridor as NLEX's planned C-5 Expressway, keeping in mind that C-5 between Skyway and Kalaayan Avenue is a lower-standard free expressway at the moment.  Not sure if these will eventually be combined into one project, or will be like the existing SLEX/Skyway dual freeway setup.  (Also see post after this showing San Miguel's planned semi-direcitonal T between Skyway and SEMME at the FTI complex)

08. Shoreline Expressway
NORTH TERMINUS: Bataan-Bulacan Expressway (BBEX) and planned Skyway Stage 3 northwest extension at New Manila International Airport, Bulacan
SOUTH TERMINUS: CAVITEX/NAIAX junction, Paranaque


essentially the same corridor (Roxas to R10) as what NLEX has actively proposed as the NLEX-CAVITEX Port Link Expressway.  From CAVITEX's northern terminus near the Mall of Asia all the way to the Navotas interchange where the NLEX Harbor Link currently terminates.  Allows drivers from the tourist areas along Roxas and towards Mall of Asia to get to New Manila International Airport and NLEX without even using the Skyway or most of the NLEX Connector.  I do wonder if this overall will improve access to Manila's historic downtown core of Binondo/Quiapo.

One difference in the proposals between NLEX and San Miguel is that NLEX's Port Link Expressway has a direct shot from Ermita to R10 at Anda Circle (thus the tunnel concepts they have), while San Miguel's concept is to have the Shoreline Expressway go inland along Padre Faura Street before continuing north on San Marcellino Street and the Ayala Bridge to the Pasig River Expressway.

09. Pasig River Expressway (PAREX)
WEST TERMINUS: Shoreline Expressway (Port Link Expressway) and Roxas Boulevard at Anda Circle, Intramuros, Manila
EAST TERMNINUS: C-6/Southeast Metro Manila Expressway, Napindan, Pasig


Oft-discussed in the summer, San Miguel has already gotten approvals for constructing this route in the near future.  West segment is from Anda Circle in Manila (at the proposed NLEX-CAVITEX Port Link Expressway along the Roxas corridor) east to the Nagtahan ramps off of Skyway Stage 3, east segment is from the Tomas Claudio interchange in Pandacan with Skyway Stage 3 and the under-construction NLEX Connector, southeast past Circuit Makati mall in the Pasig River itself to EDSA near Guadalupe MRT-3 station, then along the river to C-5 near the current Kalayaan Avenue junction, before following the river corridor to the Southeast Metro Manila Expressway/C-6 in southeast Pasig.

10. Quirino Extension of Skyway Stage 3
WEST TERMINUS: Shoreline Expressway (Port Link Expressway), Malate, Manila
EAST TERMINUS: Skyway Stage 3, Paco, Manila


This short spur is proposed to split from the Skyway Stage 3 where it bends to head south along Osmena Highway, then heading southwest directly on the Quirino right of way to a terminus at the Port Link Expressway in Manila's Malate district.  There's been some talk of making much of that Port Link Expressway underground given Roxas Boulevard's famous waterfront views and the presence of Rizal Park (Luneta) nearby in Ermita.  This route would provide a more direct trajectory for CAVITEX users to get to the northbound Skyway towards Santa Mesa and Balintawak, as opposed to the current usage of the NAIA Expressway's circuitous route to link CAVITEX and Skyway.

11 and 12. Buendia Extension of Skyway Stage 3 (in two parts)
WEST (SOUTH) TERMINUS:  CAVITEX/NAIAX junction, Paranaque
EAST TERMINUS: EDSA at Kalaayan Flyover, Makati


#11 is the "Buendia Extension" which runs west of the Skyway from western Makati towards Macapagal Boulevard in the Bay City area of Pasay, before continuing south along Macapagal (an 8-lane boulevard) to a planned link into the existing CAVITEX-NAIAX interchange!  Kinda extreme to essentially see this Buendia Extension expressway and the Shoreline/Port Link route parallel to each other by only 2 blocks between NAIAX and the Pasay Post Office, even if there is definitely a lot of traffic heading to the Mall of Asia from various points. (I can see a scenario where there is no junction built between Port Link/Buendia expressways)  Buendia Avenue west of the Skyway is a mere two-lane street for the first half mile (so right of way acquisition may be an issue here more so than a lot of the other route proposals), before widening back out to a full eight-lane boulevard for the rest of the westward corridor towards World Trade Center Manila (plenty of room for girders in the median without affecting at-grade street capacity, and room to put in ramps).

#12 would cover the Buendia Avenue segment that skirts the north end of Makati's Ayala CBD, with a terminus at EDSA at the Kalayaan Flyover - thus providing direct access from the north along Skyway Stage 3, to Bonifiacio Global City without having to use EDSA or surface streets!  Buendia (aka Gil Puyat Avenue) is a six lane urban boulevard with landscaped median between the Skyway and EDSA, and does pass through the heart of the old municipal/civic center district, Poblacion - with skyscrapers flanking both sides of the street, but especially near Ayala Avenue.  Hard to tell if there will be any room for ramps along the route between Skyway and EDSA, there may be some real estate near Ayala Avenue but that might also be in use for the Makati Subway project.  Also a bit of empty land at Malugay Street (just east of Ayala) and a large parking lot at the northwest corner of Buendia and Paseo De Roxas.

13. NAIA Expressway Extension to Lawton Avenue
WEST TERMINUS: Existing NAIAX/Skyway junction, Taguig
EAST TERMINUS: C-5 Expressway/Skyway Stage 4 at current McKinley Road intersection, Bonifacio Global City (Taguig)


Kind of included with the Southeast Metro Manila Expressway/C-6 project, this would extend the existing NAIA Expressway along Lawton Avenue (which several SkyscraperCity commenters have noted is being widened) to provide a second expressway into BGC after the existing C-5 route. Would also allow folks using the C-5 expressway to not have to backtrack on SLEX or surface roads to reach NAIA. 

Approaching the Manila American Cemetary, the planned NAIAX extension leaves the Lawton Avenue alignment and would use Upper McKinley Road's corridor, passing next to the Venice Grand Canal Mall and McKinley Hill Village shopping center.  Upper McKinley is a six lane boulevard from Lawton east to Park Avenue, then a four-lane route to the C-5 intersection. At C-5, there is currently a Shell station and Shakey's with parking lot, and some right of way that could all be used for the planned NAIAX/Skyway Stage 4 junction.

15. NAIA Expressway Extension to EDSA Tramo
NORTH TERMINUS: EDSA/Tramo Street junction, Pasay
SOUTH TERMINUS: NAIAX near the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines headquarters building, Pasay


The main access road to the airport from EDSA right now is Tramo Street (aka Aurora Boulevard), a north-south surface road.  Currently EDSA westbound (southbound) from Magallanes towards Mall of Asia has a left-exit flyover to Tramo Street southbound, while eastbound EDSA essentially has a RIRO intersection, thus making this almost controlled-access but not quite.

South of the flyover, Tramo/Aurora is a 6 lane boulevard with a narrow ROW footprint.  Where Tramo currently ends at Andrews Avenue is a Shell station on the northeast corner, probably the only space where ramps to NAIA Expressway can even be built.



Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 03, 2021, 01:25:14 PM
Scale model of the proposed Skyway junction with the Southeast Metro Manila Expressway at the FTI complex in Taguig.  Looking at San Miguel's map above, this may be the only access to C-5 from Skyway (while the C-5 Southlink Expressway currently already connects to SLEX as seen in the video in the previous post).

https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/metro-manila-skyway.1492516/post-171383223

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Current Google aerial photo of the area where the future interchange and expressway spur will be:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/PNR+FTI+Station/@14.5081698,121.0354869,1167m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x22b24f288627e4b3!8m2!3d14.5062836!4d121.035665
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 03, 2021, 06:05:25 PM
New video of continuing paving work along Skyway Stage 3's lower (northbound) deck in Pandacan:

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Rainy day video of NLEX Segment 8.2 (Mindanao Avenue Extension/C-5) west to NLEX mainline, to south Skyway, and eventually to Entertainment City.  Note the bits of flooding occurring on Skyway Stage 3 near the Cloverleaf mall in Balintawak:

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Article noting that the NLEX Connector will be partially open this year, from the Caloocan Interchange to Espana Boulevard in Manila's Sampaloc district (providing some relief for the underpowered Quezon Avenue ramps off the Skyway) -

https://malaya.com.ph/index.php/news_business/key-tollways-operational-this-year/
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The first section the NLEx Connector road, which runs from Grace Park, Caloocan City to España St., Sampaloc, Manila, will be operational this year. The second section -from España to the Polytechnic University of the Philippines – will be completed in 2022.

The P23.3-billion NLEX connector project is expected to divert at least 35,000 motorists daily from EDSA and C5.

This article below even optimistically suggests a December completion of the NLEX Connector all the way to Skyway Stage 3 in Pandacan:
https://www.philstar.com/business/2021/01/02/2067552/starting-year-right
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Secretary Villar has said that Skyway Stage 3 is a critical component of the EDSA decongestion project, a masterplan composed of 25 projects. It will eventually be connected to the NLEX Harbor Link, which opened in 2020, via the NLEX-SLEX Connector in 2021. The latter is an eight-kilometer four-land toll expressway traversing the NLEX southbound route from the end of Segment 10 along C3 Road in Caloocan to PUP in Sta. Mesa, Manila. It is expected to divert at least 35,000 motorists daily from EDSA and C5.

The NLEX-SLEX Connector Road Project, which will connect to Skyway 3, traverses the PNR rail track and is a project of the MVP Group. According to DPWH, civil works for this project is targeted to be completed by December this year. It is expected to stimulate development in Manila, Caloocan, Malabon and Navotas and surrounding areas, decongest Metro Manila traffic, provide trucks with an alternative route and resolve truck-ban issues, provide better access to Manila ports and both NAIA and Clark airports, and complete the connection of NLEX and SLEX.

It will also reduce travel time from SLEX to NLEX from two hours to just 20 minutes, reduce travel time from Clark to Calamba from three hour to 1.4 hours, and improve connectivity between NAIA and Clark airports. Project concessionaire is NLEX Corp., which also operates NLEX and SCTEX.

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New northbound video of CAVITEX-NAIAx-Skyway-NLEX, essentially running the whole length of CAVITEX to start off the footage:

Video of the Quirino offramp from northbound Skyway
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 04, 2021, 03:05:51 AM
Traffic figures on EDSA today, on the first workday in which Skyway Stage 3's mainline is present for the morning rush hour in Metro Manila:
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/metro-manila-skyway.1492516/post-171390116

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Google Maps (which still does not even show the 2019-present Skyway Stage 3 segment from Buendia to Paco, let alone the newly opened Paco-Balintawak stretch) shows heavy traffic in the Ortigas Center area, but otherwise moderate or light traffic elsewhere save for the northbound stretch at SM North EDSA & Trinoma malls in Quezon City and the northbound (westbound) portion in Balintawak heading to the cloverleaf with NLEX.

Ortigas Center is in a weird spot because even when all of the Skyway ramps are open, it still is too far to be logically accessible from the new expressway.  Looking at Google Maps, the C-5 arterial on the east side of Ortigas Center is free-flowing.  (In the future, the Pasig River Expressway should provide some form of connection to the Ortigas area, albeit indirect)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 04, 2021, 05:04:57 AM

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 04, 2021, 11:03:37 AM

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Lengthened gore point barrier setup between southbound NLEX and the southbound ramps for Skyway Stage 3 in Balintawak:

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Skyway from I think Sucat north to Quezon Avenue, showing some of the backups at Quezon Avenue offramp:

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The official DPWH page on the Skyway mentions the ramps that are either in operation or under construction for Skyway Stage 3.  Some interesting tidbits here:

http://www.dpwh.gov.ph/dpwh/PPP/projs/mmss-3

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  Ramps completed:

1.    RN1 – Northbound On-Ramp Buendia (Open to traffic)

2.    RS1 – Southbound Off-Ramp Buendia (Open to traffic)

3.    RN2’ – Northbound Off-Ramp Osmeña~Quirino (Open to traffic)

4.    RS3” – Southbound On-Ramp Plaza Dilao (Open to traffic)

·         Ramps ongoing construction:

1.    RN2 – Northbound On-Ramp Quirino

2.    RS3 – Southbound Off-Ramp Plaza Dilao

3.    RS3’ – Southbound Off-Ramp United Nations

4.    RN3 – Northbound Off-Ramp Nagtahan

5.    RN3-1 – Northbound On-Ramp Nagtahan

6.    RS3-1 – Southbound Off-Ramp Nagtahan

7.    RN5 – Northbound On-Ramp Araneta

8.    RS5 – Southbound Off-Ramp Araneta

9.    RN6 – Northbound Off-Ramp Quezon Ave.

10.RS6 – Southbound Off-Ramp Quezon Ave.

11.RN7 – Northbound On-Ramp Talayan~Quezon Ave.

12.RS7 – Southbound Off-Ramp Talayan~Quezon Ave. (completed except asphalt overlay)

13.RN8 – Northbound Off-Ramp to C3

14.RS8 – Southbound On-Ramp from C3

15.RS8-1 – Southbound Off-Ramp to C3

16.RS9 – Southbound On-Ramp Balintawak/Ayala (with utilities obstruction)

17.RN9 – Northbound Off-Ramp Balintawak/Ayala

18.RN10 – Northbound Off-Ramp NLEX

19.RS10 – Southbound On-Ramp NLEX

·         Ramps under planning:

1.    RS2 – Southbound On-Ramp Quirino~Osmeña

2.    RN2” – Northbound Off-Ramp Osmeña~Roxas Blvd.

3.    RN4 – Northbound On-Ramp Pandacan

4.    RS4 – Southbound Off-Ramp Pandacan

5.    RN4’ – Northbound Off-Ramp Valenzuela St.

6.    RS4’ – Southbound Off-Ramp Valenzuela St.

The intriguing ones on that list:

- Southbound to United Nations Avenue - will this be a brand new ramp or a split off the under-construction southbound Plaza Dilao/Quirino Avenue ramp?

- The "Araneta Avenue" ramps seem to correspond to the E. Rodriguez exit, looks like no northbound offramp.  (This may specifically be the onramp under construction at Araneta and Landargun in Quezon City)

- Is the Osmena-Roxas ramp listed essentially the planned Quirino Avenue Extension of the Skyway west towards the waterfront?

- The Valenzuela Street ramps are listed with the same ramp codes as the Pandacan ones (RN4, RS4).  Considering this is also where NLEX Connector is slated to have its south terminus, it seems as if access to Santa Mesa and western Mandaluyong will be achieved by auxiliary ramps off this interchange (i.e. what has been identified so far as the Tomas Claudio exit).

- Not sure when this webpage was last updated, as there is no mention of the Pasig River Expressway project which would itself have its own ramps off the Skyway for the eastern segment.  (The western segment would likely start at the Nagtahan ramps)


Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 04, 2021, 05:09:55 PM
Skyway southbound video (of many many that are on Youtube this week)

Notable in this is the construction works of the southbound ramp to Plaza DAilao, as well as staffers manning the cones near the Buendia exit.

Also sighted at Quezon Avenue and Buendia are multi-destination signs that list five exits in small font - probably not meant to be read at full expressway speeds!
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 04, 2021, 11:18:33 PM
Huge development: For the first time in ages, the Metro Manila "coding" scheme (in which on commute days, people with certain license plate numbers cannot use local streets or EDSA, as a tactic to reduce rush hour congestion) has been rescinded, except in Makati.  Wonder how much of this is pandemic-related and how much of it is directly a result of traffic relief provided by Skyway Stage 3.

https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1346058181747699712
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 05, 2021, 03:30:50 AM
Southbound video of Skyway Stage 3 from Caloocan to Buendia, noteworthy due to the increasing amounts of northbound through traffic sighted here:

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new article on the soft opening of Skyway Stage 3, with some neat photos:
https://www.autoindustriya.com/editors-note/skyway-stage-3-is-the-christmas-gift-we-really-deserved.html

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Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 05, 2021, 10:48:30 AM
San Miguel Corporation video of the Pandacan and river sections of Skyway Stage 3
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 06, 2021, 01:31:23 AM
Skyway Stage 3 in a steady rainstorm.  Interesting to check this out in the wake of others pointing out drainage issues near Balintawak.

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 06, 2021, 10:39:38 AM
Dusk view of the Skyway going southbound from Balintawak.  Bit more traffic using the road at rush hour too, noticeably northbound at Balintawak and at the Quezon Avenue offramp (which continues to be a choke point for the new highway)

Subtle change that can be seen in this video too: the southbound exit that had been labeled as "Gil Puyat" since Stage 3 was first opened has since been re-labeled as "Buendia" for consistency with the northbound exit.  (NB: even though that street in Makati had been renamed Gil Puyat about 25-30 years ago, the original Buendia Avenue moniker is still in use and had been the name for the northbound Skyway exit for years).  Currently the southbound Buendia exit is also signed for Makati as a whole and as access to EDSA, even though that offramp is over 1.85 miles/2.968km north of EDSA!

Same youtube channel also did an EDSA run to show how much traffic has been diverted off it and onto the new expressway.
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ABS-CBN TV Patrol news piece on the late evening closures on Skyway Stage 3 for construction works

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From skyscrapercity forums: Photo of congestion at the landing of the northbound Quezon Avenue offramp, at the intersection of Araneta Avenue and the diamond interchange ramps off Quezon Avenue.  Commenter notes it takes 30 minutes to get from the ramp itself to Quezon Avenue, due to traffic:
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/metro-manila-skyway.1492516/post-171421110

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Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on January 06, 2021, 11:10:54 AM

Update on the Metro Cebu expressway.


Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: Chris on January 06, 2021, 01:16:57 PM
Looking at those Skyway videos: the road obviously is not finished. Why open it before it is completed? It seems unsafe and impractical, this way workers have to deal with traffic driving through their construction zone. Work can be completed much faster if there is no traffic present. In some parts of the road there are no road markings at all, it seems unclear whether traffic is supposed to run on one or two lanes.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 06, 2021, 01:44:01 PM
Looking at those Skyway videos: the road obviously is not finished. Why open it before it is completed? It seems unsafe and impractical, this way workers have to deal with traffic driving through their construction zone. Work can be completed much faster if there is no traffic present. In some parts of the road there are no road markings at all, it seems unclear whether traffic is supposed to run on one or two lanes.

- San Miguel seems to be planning on using the evening hours to complete the work.  Not saying whether that is the best possible approach, but I think it dates back to...
- Promises from October from SMC that the road would be opened in December.  There were delays due to rainstorms but they got it soft-opened in December 29th.  For that matter, the project itself is way behind the original 2014 schedule of 36-month completion, and behind schedule for a mid-2020 opening due to the Pandacan fire earlier that year.

Besides those two thoughts, some other ideas come to mind as well:

- wanting to already get people used to the traffic patterns, i.e. getting as many cars already to stop using EDSA if their destinations are not in Cubao or Ortigas.  This seems to have already been accomplished.  (Though EDSA itself is different due to one lane in each direction being reserved now for bus rapid transit, the EDSA Carousel as it is called.)  despite the 1 month free toll, the Del Monte tollbooths northbound are operational with gates - probably to also reiterate to drivers that they do need Autosweep RFID installed to use Skyway Stage 3, and that the stretch from Quezon Avenue to Sgt. Rivera is not uninterrupted.

- testing out how much the existing ramps on Skyway Stage 3 can handle.  The only one that is a design issue is the Quezon Avenue interchange and that seems to be a combination of ROW issues that are beyond San Miguel's scope at the moment, and other ramps (Bayani/E. Rodriguez offramp and onramp southbound, San Juan-Santa Mesa Bridge onramp and Landargun Street onramp northbound) not being open yet, and it does seem as annoying as that offramp congestion is - with up to a half hour wait - that it is still a time savings northbound compared to staying on EDSA to get to Quezon City.

- also testing to see how well the road handles the weight load of regular commute traffic, so far so good.  The flooding problems near Balintawak have mostly been discovered via commuter Youtube videos.

- Given that SMC is a private enterprise, I don't know if their social media team would admit to it but the Youtube videos from regular Filipinos serve as a form of viral advertising for the highway.  (This is after all a country in which the NLEX tollway has sponsored a pro basketball team!)  Many of the videos involve someone using a stopwatch to time the Buendia-Balintawak drive or some variation of such.  From personal experience, I can vouch for EDSA between Magallanes and Balintawak being a 2 hour parking lot in the past, so the idea of a through freeway is so novel for Metro Manila residents compared to the congestion they've endured in Manila city limits and along EDSA.

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 06, 2021, 11:56:52 PM
A video of a nighttime drive from Cavitex to Roxas Boulevard to R10 and finally the NLEX Harbor Link (to Smart Connect Interchange). Can definitely see how the NLEX Harbor Link is a little wider and faster than Skyway Stage 3.

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Short commute trip on Skyway Stage 3 from Quezon Avenue to Makati.  Most notable sight, at 4:22 in this video, is that this might be the first good view of the E. Rodriguez/Bayani Street ramp from southbound Skyway in Quezon City, the offramp does look to be one lane wide.

The notch at 9:56 looks to be for the future ramp from southbound Skyway to northbound NLEX Connector.

11:04 is another new ramp under construction, a very wide (two lane?) ramp that is likely part of the Nagtahan interchange - not just to provide access to Mabini Bridge, but the planned Pasig River Expressway west segment heading to Intramuros and Anda Circle from Plaza Azul.  (This could also be a future toll plaza)


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All seven lanes of the Skyway Stage 3 mainline to be opened in a week (January 14)
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/smc-prepares-skyway-stage-3-000000304.html
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 07, 2021, 02:27:12 AM
Some new photos of the Metro Manila Skyway from Skyscrapercity user thehighwayadvocate:
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/metro-manila-skyway.1492516/post-171436723
- Skyway Extension work in Alabang
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3ebthTD4yEFPHe02j05L7pNt9h4Z1RK_H3ts28qh_XtCXp7dtihyy69v1dhW6hwjPBFWxIponJRwylkfvXZxnBfCB6vQbJ2qsNxOE3-ZTRqBpw6vaJfbuAogz2dQ7aYAx2XG60-EIfE-GlkBwie3gpC=w960-h720-no?authuser=0)

- Lane striping on the Skyway Stage 3 stretch past Buendia Avenue in Makati
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3fwBR42YUrmmT0PEQwOUFdTcDrQUHwxLu4wtuDTuzhyP0PnLy64PiHQexv4_FViPkjusHT-jRIPRyLldEJsiFFq3VMV_mvLXKTdwP6fRVH9du6qGPzZq120k_ysiOI-2VI9QxBC-DEy3t1ZWSfPfCTl=w960-h720-no?authuser=0)

- Future offramp to Tomas Claudio Street & NLEX Connector, Pandacan, Manila
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3f0rsemG-oCpS9_p1ADauTpl_fjoUDj9WHL0nqcIAiIpDGuHZZL18x55hlsBUzDNsj7m3uiVsh7oX-dTpy9Dj3ZSYGVzbzJU3OE0_5YUPXL_U3ygfLJ_HmkDLXtWPj2MNhmBUg8IV_xQnLfjwBh7pNH=w960-h720-no?authuser=0)

- Left onramp to northbound Skyway from Quezon Avenue, Quezon City.  (The ramp actually crosses over Maria Clara Street before reaching the expressway)
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3fhsXH2hSN8nZYcBmYLKTUGFGDAwSdKvOIQ2x4m8NFndgUqCEj4S8mXctwEoz6FMDCK-nnMuEiprQiriIh6CFzlwhlDbFRvu6QK2-ndeEywGaIgQkP9th0y91qCjgBx7_Ea7hvi4mZKreSUIfPubNmY=w960-h720-no?authuser=0)

- Approaching the double decker setup for the Del Monte toll plaza
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3fJzxxI6x-cUqDxctNVgz-5E2jnBguKoEGitDV_vB4zTb6jGQ5tsYDGE9Qm4MPGNVz3K1XWOc88_Iuh7SAyrX8TNKYZIvHHdMPhWsS3szYbhBx42hpaWT-qruF8ck-2wsrQyL83_XpcwuM6TnBk4rrP=w960-h720-no?authuser=0)

- Under-construction offramp from NB Skyway Stage 3 to C-3/5th Avenue near A. Bonifacio Avenue.  This may possibly be part of San Miguel Corporation's "Skyway Stage 3 Extension - C-3 - R-10 - Anda Circle" project (as seen in the NMIA map here - https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EJT3EDHUEAA41lG?format=jpg&name=medium ) - much of that SMC corridor is already duplicated by NLEX's proposed Port Link Expressway (from Anda Circle to Navotas) and the existing NLEX Harbor Link (from Navotas to Caloocan) but the segment from Harbor Link east to here is entirely SMC's own planning.

- Skyway northern terminus towards NLEX, at the Libis Baesa Footbridge in Caloocan.  Note the pillars in place for a proposed northern extension, likely to New Manila International Airport based on San Migel Corporation's NMIA road planning map.
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3fVJdNqzwHK4GcUPm1s5DAC02ANpAvj1nGRFUem4lWGfVW4eRf-ibrnzfDnE9X_fnx0v7S5zy7RyefmQYMAOPQxlhC6OB7JIJ9ALOnnx1krBXEiRbXQroJYgAUSWDX7a-pldUV-kwxEKEXAk4_ZMQ8b=w960-h720-no?authuser=0)

- Southbound onramp from NLEX to Skyway Stage 3, with the 6-destination distance sign.
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3dY9oQ2mI1mtHxU7A7ElBPBBjZ8DNGfsWrfBYs8pKaiXGkHWJgQ5Qp_S56LcpunGE_a9bGKxABIQybKA92vy897UvjQaQyCufy34nSpqEvewTtyxt0yuihgp9sQMi9GqUcNmXlpD6DUge5ISLHCzDgM=w960-h720-no?authuser=0)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: Chris on January 07, 2021, 02:18:04 PM
An official opening of the Skyway stage 3 is scheduled for January 14:

http://pageone.ph/skyway-stage-3-prepares-for-official-opening-sets-temporary-closures-for-addl-roadworks/

Ang earlier said that the Skyway 3 will be toll-free for motorists for one month and an initial four lanes will be opened. SMC will formally open all seven lanes of the 18-kilometer stretch from Buendia, Makati to NLEX on January 14.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 08, 2021, 02:55:44 AM
Nicely filmed southbound drive from Balintawak to NAIA

Northbound daytime drive along Skyway Stage 3 with English commentary!

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NLEX Connector construction in Caloocan
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on January 08, 2021, 09:09:36 PM

Pinoy Joyride released a new video clinching every major Expressway in the Luzon Philippines area.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: noelbotevera on January 08, 2021, 10:17:35 PM
My family's roots lie in the Philippines - mostly in the Manila Metro. Actually, my great grandfather even ran the Bureau of Internal Revenue in 1965, right at the start of Ferdinand Marcos' administration. My family eventually left in 2003 when my mother was offered a job in North Carolina.

So most of my Philippine road knowledge is purely historical - might be worthwhile.

-A trip from Baguio to Manila originally took 4.5 hours. You would take the North Expressway from Quezon City to Bulacan, then the MacArthur Highway, to Kennon Road. An alternate route was built sometime in the '70s or '80s -the Marcos Highway, which was a modern 2 or 4 lane road to Baguio. After 1991, the eruption of Mount Pinatubo lengthened the trip to 6 hours - various roads were buried and bypasses had to be rebuilt.
-Taxis are hard to find in Manila. Your best bet was to use a jeepney or a tricycle.
-EDSA and the Manila Metro is infamous for its gridlocked traffic. My dad's 10 (or 15?) km commute took him over two hours on most days, since he lived in Novaliches but commuted inward into Manila.
-EDSA also was gridlocked because of a lack of pedestrian overpasses - most crossed EDSA's 8 lanes at grade. Which meant traffic signals, at most every street.
-The Philippines' roads were mostly designed and built by the US - some date to the Spanish era. However, the US granted the Philippines independence in 1946, years before the Interstate system. This means there is a severe lack of freeways (as of 2003, it mostly consisted of the NLEX and SLEX; cities like Cebu, Davao, and especially Baguio lacked freeway systems).
-Driving in the Philippines can be best described as chaotic. New Yorkers don't hold a candle to the insanity that is Manila drivers. Surprisingly, street racing isn't common - instead, people are trying to kill each other with their cars; that includes the buses, jeepneys, bicycles...
-Similarly, car parts are often stolen from parked cars. Side mirrors are often lost because of side swiping incidents.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 09, 2021, 03:04:23 AM
My family's roots lie in the Philippines - mostly in the Manila Metro. Actually, my great grandfather even ran the Bureau of Internal Revenue in 1965, right at the start of Ferdinand Marcos' administration. My family eventually left in 2003 when my mother was offered a job in North Carolina.

So most of my Philippine road knowledge is purely historical - might be worthwhile.

-A trip from Baguio to Manila originally took 4.5 hours. You would take the North Expressway from Quezon City to Bulacan, then the MacArthur Highway, to Kennon Road. An alternate route was built sometime in the '70s or '80s -the Marcos Highway, which was a modern 2 or 4 lane road to Baguio. After 1991, the eruption of Mount Pinatubo lengthened the trip to 6 hours - various roads were buried and bypasses had to be rebuilt.

The SCTEX and TPLEX route was built over the last 12-13 years, essentially getting NLEX connected to La Union (with the final segment so far opened in 2019).

NLEX itself did go up only to Gigunto, Bulacan until 1968.  In 1976 the Candaba Viaduct was built, extending the road to Pampanga; however the final north extent to Mabalacat did not occur until 1989.

-Taxis are hard to find in Manila. Your best bet was to use a jeepney or a tricycle.

I've actually ridden a taxi in Ermita but the big gamechanger in that field is Grab (similar to Uber/Lyft); Grab however is noticeably more pricey than jeepneys. 

Mass transit was implemented in Metro Manila starting in 1984 with LRT-1 (whose overhead viaducts have been blamed for ruining the Rizal Avenue theater district permanently) and the core three lines (LRT-1, LRT-2, MRT-3) all existed by 2003, back when NLEX and SLEX remained the only long-distance controlled-access roads in the country and the Metro Manila Skyway was merely an express lanes viaduct from Bicutan to Buendia Avenue.  It's interesting how this differs from the US pattern of highway boom, highway revolts, and then mass transit boom.


-EDSA and the Manila Metro is infamous for its gridlocked traffic. My dad's 10 (or 15?) km commute took him over two hours on most days, since he lived in Novaliches but commuted inward into Manila.
-EDSA also was gridlocked because of a lack of pedestrian overpasses - most crossed EDSA's 8 lanes at grade. Which meant traffic signals, at most every street.
Pre-Skyway Stage 3, gridlock on EDSA had pretty much become ingrained in the Philippine consciousness - even when using Harbor Link + Roxas had become more viable.  I can see in part why the new Skyway gap closure really has had a bit of a PR push, given how much of a change being able to entirely skip EDSA going north-south to and from NAIA has been.

IIRC most of the Makati segment (from just west of Magallanes out towards the Kalaayan Flyover, and at Guadalupe) has been converted to a de-facto freeway - one thing that helped this segment is the the fact that unlike every other segment of EDSA, businesses do not have direct frontage to the road.  Ortigas, Cubao, and North EDSA especially are where the malls built out to the road level, with bus stops often along those portions too, so while there are overpasses at Ortigas and at Quezon Avenue, they are band-aid solutions to a bypass that ended up becoming too much of a commercial strip.

Wikipedia mentions that some overpasses near North EDSA were proposed in 2013 but never have been built.

I've sat in traffic in the Makati segment of EDSA at rush hour before (around 9 in the morning) but recall the area approaching Cubao as almost always a place where congestion built up.  (Google Maps regularly shows Ortigas Center as a choke point as well)

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-The Philippines' roads were mostly designed and built by the US - some date to the Spanish era. However, the US granted the Philippines independence in 1946, years before the Interstate system. This means there is a severe lack of freeways (as of 2003, it mostly consisted of the NLEX and SLEX; cities like Cebu, Davao, and especially Baguio lacked freeway systems).

Cebu is getting an expressway or two and a new bridge in recent times;  Baguio is still too mountainous of an area to be fully accessed by a wider/more modern road directly, but the TPLEX extension at least gets one to Rosario, within 35.9 km/22.4 miles of the resort city.  (Google still gives about an hour drive time from Rosario to Baguio)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 09, 2021, 09:50:09 AM
Updates on Skyway Extension in Alabang/Susana Heights.   

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 09, 2021, 02:39:18 PM
360 camera view of the southbound stretch of Skyway Stage 3 from Balintawak/NLEX to Quezon Avenue.  Notable in this is the wall cutout at the future exit to westbound C-3/5th Avenue, which has part of the ramp in Quezon City and part of it in Caloocan.

Night drive showing the light masts for the San Juan River section
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on January 09, 2021, 09:14:26 PM
My family's roots lie in the Philippines - mostly in the Manila Metro. Actually, my great grandfather even ran the Bureau of Internal Revenue in 1965, right at the start of Ferdinand Marcos' administration. My family eventually left in 2003 when my mother was offered a job in North Carolina.

So most of my Philippine road knowledge is purely historical - might be worthwhile.

-A trip from Baguio to Manila originally took 4.5 hours. You would take the North Expressway from Quezon City to Bulacan, then the MacArthur Highway, to Kennon Road. An alternate route was built sometime in the '70s or '80s -the Marcos Highway, which was a modern 2 or 4 lane road to Baguio. After 1991, the eruption of Mount Pinatubo lengthened the trip to 6 hours - various roads were buried and bypasses had to be rebuilt.
-Taxis are hard to find in Manila. Your best bet was to use a jeepney or a tricycle.
-EDSA and the Manila Metro is infamous for its gridlocked traffic. My dad's 10 (or 15?) km commute took him over two hours on most days, since he lived in Novaliches but commuted inward into Manila.
-EDSA also was gridlocked because of a lack of pedestrian overpasses - most crossed EDSA's 8 lanes at grade. Which meant traffic signals, at most every street.
-The Philippines' roads were mostly designed and built by the US - some date to the Spanish era. However, the US granted the Philippines independence in 1946, years before the Interstate system. This means there is a severe lack of freeways (as of 2003, it mostly consisted of the NLEX and SLEX; cities like Cebu, Davao, and especially Baguio lacked freeway systems).
-Driving in the Philippines can be best described as chaotic. New Yorkers don't hold a candle to the insanity that is Manila drivers. Surprisingly, street racing isn't common - instead, people are trying to kill each other with their cars; that includes the buses, jeepneys, bicycles...
-Similarly, car parts are often stolen from parked cars. Side mirrors are often lost because of side swiping incidents.




I remember prior to the Pandemic the Philippines was in the process of decentralizing the economy meaning that they were in the process of moving jobs outside the Manila area and they are in the process of making Downtown Clark and Downtown Cebu get more well paying jobs. So far the Freeway building process is still underway for CCLEX, Metro Cebu, and CLLEX in some parts of the USA.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 09, 2021, 10:02:30 PM
Southbound at Buendia Avenue, the Skyway Stage 3 section has now opened up to 3 lanes along that carriageway (instead of 2 with the fast lane cordoned off as it had been since 12/29) -

https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/metro-manila-skyway.1492516/post-171479327

(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/img_20210110_065243-jpg.948167/)

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Some of my Skyway observations after watching numerous (over 40-45 or so) videos of the soft opening:

- It's interesting that EDSA and some of the city streets in Manila and Quezon City suffer from the overuse of lane-specific pullthrough signage (how is Alabang even the control city for EDSA eastbound/southbound near SM North EDSA mall!?), while the Skyway has the exact opposite: I don't think anywhere from Alabang to Balintawak has a single pullthrough sign at all!  Maybe this is something to be rectified in the future and may have been set aside until Stage 3 is fully opened.  Going northbound, Manila/Makati is the obvious pullthrough idea I had up to Magallanes, then Manila/Balintawak to Pandacan.  (Pandacan could be interesting depending on how NLEX Connector gets signed once finished - I could see the left ramps from Skyway signed for Angeles or Clark with New Manila International Airport as an eventual control, and Skyway being given Balintawak as the only control city northbound after that).

Past the C-3 exit, longer-distance destinations make sense again (Angeles to me is almost the only practical choice as NLEX does not go beyond that area)

Southbound, Manila/Makati also would be the practical pullthrough destinations from NLEX onward, and then Alabang and NAIA starting right before the Buendia exit.

- Curious to see how many ramps will be opening on January 14th - if any - or if the full opening is just all of the mainline lanes, striped and paved with fresh asphalt.

- Right now, the exits are pretty much just only labeled by name on the BGSes, with destinations listed on small signage that can really only be read at smaller speeds.  (Contextually, years ago the Amorsolo exit used to be known as the Makati exit)

I get this is similar to how DOTs in the US have gradually gone towards removing exit destinations if a street name is used, and even for numbered freeways.  At the same time I feel there is a lot of value in providing some exit control cities, especially due to the fact the highway ends up skirting through or near 6 different cities in Stage 3 (Makati, Manila, Mandaluyong, San Juan, Quezon City, Caloocan).

The Nagtahan ramps could be given Malacanang as a secondary destination, given this is the quickest route to the presidential complex from anywhere.

Southbound exit to Plaza Dilao could use Malate/Ermita as destinations.  The ramps to Tomas Claudio could have advance signage for Santa Mesa, given that the only ramps planned near SM City Santa Mesa are onramps.

The southbound E. Rodriguez/Bayani ramp could have Sampaloc as a control, at least until NLEX Connector provides more direct access to that district.

C-3 exit could directly point to the Port of Manila area.  (if the Port Link Expressway and the extension along C-3 in Caloocan is ever built, could even have things signed for say Intramuros/Anda Circle at that point, or for NMIA if the Shoreline Expressway is also built)

Both the Magallanes and Balintawak exits need to have references to EDSA, maybe to EDSA control cities such as Ortigas (from the Makati/Magallanes side of things) or Monumento/SM City North EDSA (in Balintawak).

Moving further south, the NAIAX exit could easily be signed for CAVITEX and Entertainment City, especially if this route is to be used as an alternative to having drivers get to Mall of Asia via EDSA from Magallanes west to Pasay.  (In the future, if Port Link Expressway happens, easily could also be signed for Malate to try to encourage drivers to not use the Buendia or Quirino exits for that purpose)

- I get exactly why people at SkyscraperCity have complained about the overuse of solid white lines for lane striping, but it doesn't seem like that has the same "do not pass in your own direction" implication that it does here.  San Miguel may be intending for the San Juan River section to be a no-passing zone anyway.

- Although the ergonomics of the Quezon Avenue offramps have already been bantered about a ton on SkyscraperCity and in some of the Skyway videos, the Del Monte toll plaza with its usage of the road support columns to divide toll lanes easily could be improved with real K-rail or something to create more natural gore points.

- Should be an obvious thing but the current connection from Skyway Stage 3 northbound to NLEX northbound literally feeds into a shoulder lane, rather than having its own dedicated merge lanes.  Hoping for a restriping before the grand opening.

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New video of the northbound onramp at Araneta and Landargun in Quezon City being constructed for Skyway Stage 3:

Update on the Cavite-Laguna Expressway/CALAX

Northbound motorcycle convoy ride on Skyway Stage 3 starting at Buendia


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from the latter video: some new signs on the road!

This is near the bend at 5th Avenue:

(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/1610297387156-png.950571/)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 10, 2021, 01:10:06 PM
A friend of mine got to travel the road southbound yesterday and graciously sent me some photos:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/albums/72157717821972161

- Two-lane section in Balintawak after leaving NLEX
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50820991913_5d0576a867_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2kqSSjv)2 - two-lane Skyway section in northern Balintawak (https://flic.kr/p/2kqSSjv) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

- Crossing over EDSA in Balintawak, at the Quezon City/Caloocan border
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50820991428_bb40b31c78_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2kqSSb9)7 - EDSA Balintawak (https://flic.kr/p/2kqSSb9) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50820991323_a0a25987b7_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2kqSS9k)8 - LRT-1 Balintawak (https://flic.kr/p/2kqSS9k) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

- view of the Del Monte double deck section from over Araneta and Santo Domingo
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50820991058_0a9524ec7a_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2kqSS4L)10 - Araneta at Santo Domingo, QC, near MFT Building and Del Monte toll plaza (https://flic.kr/p/2kqSS4L) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

- 1km from Quezon Avenue signage, complete with the tiny font next-few-exits sign
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50821836442_3c61ae11fb_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2kqXcnm)9 - 1 kilometer from Quezon Avenue (https://flic.kr/p/2kqXcnm) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

- 200m from Quezon Avenue
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50821737381_f595057d10_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2kqWFVp)13 - Quezon Avenue advance signage southbound (https://flic.kr/p/2kqWFVp) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

- Crossing over Magsaysay Boulevard and the LRT-2 line in Quezon City near SM City Santa Mesa and Hotel Sogo.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50821743896_d8820a7778_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2kqWHRJ)23 - Magsaysay Blvd - LRT2 - Hotel Sogo (https://flic.kr/p/2kqWHRJ) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

- San Juan River section, near the Marketplace mall in Mandaluyong
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50820996083_b06ea2a3a6_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2kqSTyp)28 - Marketplace Mandaluyong at San Juan River (https://flic.kr/p/2kqSTyp) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

- Plaza Dilao area, looking north-northwest at the open onramp and at the Binondo skyline.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50821839962_4c3d1f606f_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2kqXdq3)36 - Plaza Dilao (https://flic.kr/p/2kqXdq3) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

- The southbound bend where the Skyway moves from the Quirino Avenue corridor to the Osmena Highway corridor
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50820994798_a9a1905ffa_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2kqSTbf)38 - Quirino Osmena bend (https://flic.kr/p/2kqSTbf) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

- Buendia exit sign southbound, with bubbling pretty apparent on the greenout sticker that replaced "Gil Puyat" text
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50821839577_ce147f6bf7_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2kqXdip)40 - Buendia advanced signage SB (https://flic.kr/p/2kqXdip) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

- The downhill as both SLEX and Skyway overpasses come down from Buendia Avenue and Skyway Stage 3 seamlessly leads into the original 1990s Skyway Stage 1 alignment.  In the distance is the semi-directional Y interchange with Amorsolo Street, which takes an unusual curving path along Pasay Road (Arnaiz Avenue) before landing at Amorsolo next to Makati Cinema Square mall.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50821839327_257fdb07b5_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2kqXde6)44 - between Buendia and Amorsolo (https://flic.kr/p/2kqXde6) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

- Crossing over EDSA and MRT-3 in Magallanes, Makati
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50821740431_18e912d1bc_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2kqWGPZ)48 - Magallanes EDSA (https://flic.kr/p/2kqWGPZ) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

- Advanced signage for NAIAX.  No mention that this also connects to CAVITEX and Entertainment City, though this linkage is now much more useful allowing southbound drivers from NLEX/Quezon City/Manila to entirely avoid EDSA to go to Mall of Asia.  (in fact, my friend and her family went to that mall along this route shortly afterwards)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50821838097_d73d316d90_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2kqXcRT)51 - Skyway at NAIAX (https://flic.kr/p/2kqXcRT) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

- Skyway view of SLEX's Sales Interchange, a simple B2 partial cloverleaf with the older expressway and Sales Road/Lawton Avenue, providing access to Bonifacio Global City going east and NAIA to the west.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50821837742_37a1d7752b_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2kqXcKL)53 - Sales Interchange (https://flic.kr/p/2kqXcKL) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

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- view of SLEX from the southbound ramp to westbound NAIAX.  One can see northbound SLEX with the individual-lane control cities of Manila and Cubao (the latter only accessible via EDSA northbound)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50821837622_25436eeef1_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2kqXcHG)54 - view of SLEX and Sales Interchange from SB Skyway to NAIAX ramp (https://flic.kr/p/2kqXcHG) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

- View of SLEX (and Skyway just a bit back) and Sales Road from the ramp to NAIAX
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50821738936_6a9080cec1_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2kqWGod)55 - NAIAX westbound ramp looking NE at Skyway and SLEX (https://flic.kr/p/2kqWGod) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 10, 2021, 09:40:56 PM
Some construction updates on the NLEX Connector, photos via Pinoy Joyride (submitted by a couple of people who read the page) -

- at 5th Avenue in Caloocan, this looks to be the mainline expressway lanes crossing it from Harbor Link south to the railroad alignment
https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/photos/a.1044498782232230/4192147917467285
(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/137305005_4192147924133951_6831702212579876721_o.jpg?_nc_cat=106&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=7-FizM3M8XcAX8Y0FWB&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=b2bd1a7327b5f5d9a62365d024d29440&oe=6021A6CE)

- at Blumentritt station in Manila
https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/photos/a.1044498782232230/4192004150814995
(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/138198907_4192004154148328_764137344562408378_n.jpg?_nc_cat=101&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=QNRgBCZKmygAX_0-0KR&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=d3bdd93caa905eab4e3514d4fb13281c&oe=601FD2F6)

- more shots:
https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4192463217435755?__cft__[0]=AZVByU_X1CT6P2BCQiynHgi4gJLp76J9sPC0hIwvvEFPrRItxejKTeOzwjq8YAKGFogwgL7-5-gXZwZp4rklV8cvpN9BJcWeEHWQshSL58Ki1E1kjrdfZEBFYbpQRPz4cDhfVF7CmRurvX8nnbEaafkg&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R
(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/137225618_4192463100769100_5676184351203002602_o.jpg?_nc_cat=108&cb=846ca55b-311e05c7&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=X_MdF5T4y4EAX-TwV4M&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=025a739a5f4a7d095b259d89e05a83ae&oe=602022E3)

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/136436688_4192463097435767_3514285728104805322_o.jpg?_nc_cat=102&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=nIstW8KF4K4AX8I23iV&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=8eb4fc2436039ac56842f81d18c63616&oe=6021D628)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on January 10, 2021, 11:19:52 PM

Another group is filming Cebu Cordova Bridge. It look like the bridge is based on the 2013 eastern half of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge from the shots on the scene. 
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 11, 2021, 01:37:16 AM
Interesting blurb from this article on the New Manila International Airport:
https://www.manilatimes.net/2021/01/11/news/regions/50-year-franchise-granted-to-mega-bulacan-airport/826317/

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In addition to the 8-kilometer NMIA Expressway from NLEX, the concessionaire will have 21 more expressways to and from NMIA.

These include the Skyway Stage 3 extension from Balintawak to Bulacan, Bulacan-Bataan Airport Expressway, Bulacan-Tarlac Airport Expressway segment 1 and segment 2, NMIA-MRT 7 Expressway from Balagtas to Bulacan and other expressway extension projects from Metro Manila to NMIA in Bulakan town.

To think that at one point, Skyway Stage 3 was supposed to have a north terminus before the Balintawak Cloverleaf, instead of the segment that bypasses it and the Camachile Flyover entirely.  That extra mile or so sets up nicely for the future airport extension northwest (and the support columns already in place between the current terminus and the Balintawak toll plaza speak to this).

The NMIA-MRT7 Expressway seems to be the primary access for all points north of Marilao to the NMIA perimeter, connecting to NLEX in Balagtas and heading south-southwest.

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New drone video of Skyway Stage 3! 3 days until the mainline is fully opened for all lanes.

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From this video below: More "exits opening soon" signage along Skyway Stage 3.  Though in the case of the Nagtahan ramp, I'm not sure "soon" is really all that soon:


E. Rodriguez
(https://i.imgur.com/ACox6XV.png)

Nagtahan
(https://i.imgur.com/B6SSNzE.png)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 12, 2021, 10:19:26 AM


One takeaway from this pair of new Skyway videos is that there are TWO left exits in a row on northbound Skyway Stage 3 between Quirino Avenue and the San Juan River - Nagtahan (also the proposed link to the west segment of Pasig River Expressway), followed by Tomas Claudio/NLEX Connector.

It's actually pretty notable how the Manila-Quezon City stretch of road has more left exits and left onramps than any other expressway in the Philippines, and certainly a high amount for a modern road.
(3 left exits northbound, with 1 left onramp at Quezon Avenue, and left offramp for Quezon Avenue from Skyway Stage 3 southbound)

Other observations:

- Lane striping work continues near Quezon Avenue, though not completed yet.  Heading into Del Monte, the pavement and striping look to be closer to complete.  (Essentially north of Plaza Dilao, the striping is the solid white line style that has garnered complaints at Skyscrapercity forums)

- As a temporary measure to deal with the northbound Quezon Avenue ramp queue, the gore point has been moved back about 200 meters using cones.

- The "Skyway Ends" sign northbound before Buendia Avenue has now been covered up.

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New Skyway Stage 3 photos in this article:
https://www.autoindustriya.com/features/how-fast-can-we-get-from-bacoor-to-qc-via-skyway-stage-3.html

The "Quezon Avenue next exit" temporary sign, which has not been accurate at any point (as Quirino is the next exit up)
(https://www.autoindustriya.com/image.php?src=/images/posts/post19328_6.jpg&w=860)

SM City Santa Mesa parking garage
(https://www.autoindustriya.com/image.php?src=/images/posts/post19328_9.jpg&w=860)

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Northbound SLEX-Skyway video.  Note that what had been the fast/passing lane (left) lane southbound on SLEX in Alabang is now temporarily the northbound entrance to the Skyway.  Does allow for better view of the support columns for the future Skyway extension southbound lanes between Alabang and Susana Heights.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 13, 2021, 06:15:40 AM
Skyway Stage 3 to be closed all day January 14th in preparation for opening ceremonies that day and the full opening of all 7 mainline lanes on the morning of the 15th

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/771595/all-7-lanes-of-skyway-stage-3-to-be-opened-to-regular-vehicular-traffic-january-15-smc/story/

Toll-free phase extended a few more days, to February 1st.
https://www.facebook.com/smcramonang/posts/214567046965007

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s1080x2048/138605549_214548553633523_1008580187731817525_o.jpg?_nc_cat=1&ccb=2&_nc_sid=730e14&_nc_ohc=m9Yy2FOuUvkAX9R1HXC&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&tp=7&oh=13303682234c1c17ba8e7550fb8984b9&oe=6025C8FA)
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New photos from NLEX of the bridge supports and structure for the NLEX Connector crossing over 5th Avenue in Caloocan, which has just been completed:
(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/137613197_10157525421206644_5759113762858668665_n.jpg?_nc_cat=1&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=maC95q0aE80AX-5K_b2&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=2645708b951e94373a9fcbf6f5e34bf0&oe=6024C193)
(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/137527662_10157525421156644_7332651129774420527_n.jpg?_nc_cat=1&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=xGuMH1iLn9MAX_jESy_&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=97c902e1a0dddf70aa8692e5522d7f14&oe=6025C503)
(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/138558124_10157525421056644_205219185188357889_n.jpg?_nc_cat=1&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=tE4o-LWEUykAX9wh_tV&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=9971d0619aae2b4ad287812ba399881f&oe=60236F4D)

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Some new Skyway Stage 3 shots from news articles.

https://www.untvweb.com/news/skyway-stage-3-to-begin-full-operation-on-january-15/
also with this relevant quote on how it already shifted traffic patterns in Metro Manila:
Quote
Since the project began on December 29 last year, around 60,000 to 70,000 motorists were able to ply daily in the said Skyway section, the DPWH said.

“Qualitatively we can see na maraming natutuwa dahil sa ngayon kapag rush hour minsan sa Edsa makikita natin di naman gaano kagrabe ang traffic and the numbers would show this dahil ito naman talaga ang expectations namin ito yung target namin na mabawasan ang Edsa ng at least 100,000 cars para bumalik siya sa original capacity,” explained Villar.
(https://www.untvweb.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Skyway-Stage-3-to-begin-full-operations-on-January-15-still-toll-free-1536x1026.jpg)
The Skyway and SLEX overpasses crossing Buendia Avenue, with the Buendia onramp to southbound Skyway (and the Amorsolo flyover) in the distance

(https://www.untvweb.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Skyway-3-closed.jpg)
Telephoto shot in the Balintawak area showing the elevation changes as the mainline rises to cross over EDSA and LRT-1

https://www.philstar.com/nation/2021/01/14/2070261/smcs-skyway-3-fully-operational-tomorrow
(https://media.philstar.com/photos/2021/01/13/mi_2021-01-13_21-06-19.jpg)
Quezon Avenue onramp (with left entry)

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Possible ghost ramp stub southbound?  Here's a little cutout notch blocked off by guardrail near the Amorsolo Street semi-directional Y interchange.  Would make sense to add a southbound offramp here someday as at present, southbound Skyway has only one total exit in Makati (Buendia Avenue) compared to FOUR for northbound (Magallanes/EDSA, Don Bosco Street, Amorsolo Street, and Buendia Avenue).
https://www.google.com/maps/@14.5514461,121.0108172,3a,75y,275.19h,85.77t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1spzncK4BVs65PCgaty-N_Kw!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo3.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DpzncK4BVs65PCgaty-N_Kw%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D248.81572%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i13312!8i6656

https://www.google.com/maps/@14.5514165,121.0107292,3a,68.3y,333.76h,97.99t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sIYx5w8AK4bH3NmEQCoyZHg!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo0.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DIYx5w8AK4bH3NmEQCoyZHg%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D326.00027%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i13312!8i6656
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 14, 2021, 02:34:30 AM
News stories on the final official inspections of Skyway Stage 3 before the full opening of the mainline on Friday the 15th:



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360 Tour of Skyway

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New overhead photo of the stretch of Skyway above Osmena Highway in Manila & Makati:
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/smc-ready-open-skyway-stage-000000263.html
(https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/mHTURZiAzCwBnxZ6jyV0TA--/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTY0MA--/https://s.yimg.com/uu/api/res/1.2/fnzMxVwok69iX4jJPly2tw--~B/aD01Njg7dz04NTI7YXBwaWQ9eXRhY2h5b24-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/carmudi.com.ph/96aa965bd5194fb8f0d601ef72cc45d3)

Grand view in Pandacan of the Skyway with Ortigas Center in the background
https://www.autoindustriya.com/auto-industry-news/skyway-stage-3-officially-opens-jan-15-toll-free-until-feb-1.html
(https://www.autoindustriya.com/image.php?src=/images/posts/post19360.jpg&w=2560&s=1)


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One subtle thing I discovered in following the road on OpenStreetMap: It looks like the listed distances to exits on Stage 3 are not accurate!

Here is what the first southbound sign in Balintawak gives out:

Quezon Avenue - 3 km
Buendia Avenue - 18 km
NAIAX - 23 km
Bicutan - 28 km
Sucat - 31 km
Alabang - 34 km

However, using OpenStreetMap I get the following distances from that NLEX-Skyway southbound ramp:

Quezon Avenue - 5.5 km
Buendia Avenue - 16.6 km
NAIAX - 21.6 km
Bicutan - 26 km
Sucat - 29 km
Alabang - 33 km


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From SkyscraperCity: some diagram of a potential EDSA elevated expressway.  Not sure the source.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/c4-epifanio-de-los-santos-avenue-edsa.1442071/post-171549235
(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/edsaexpressway1-jpg.965638/)

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Southbound trip on the last day of soft opening (1/13).  Lane markings already starting to be placed near Cloverleaf Mall in Balintawak and near Del Monte, as well as through the rest of the Quezon City section.  Still no markings at the time from Pandacan to the curve following Quirino Avenue to Osmena Highway.  Also a lack of lane markings southbound near the Buendia Avenue offramp.

HOWEVER, a new next-three-exits sign was installed right after the Buendia exit!
(https://i.imgur.com/ZHhwnXg.png)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 14, 2021, 04:12:10 PM
All of the lanes of Skyway Stage 3 from Buendia Avenue to NLEX in Balintawak should be open now (as of 5 AM Philippines time on Friday 1/15 - 1 PM Pacific time 1/14).  Will post videos and photos as folks on the internet get those up throughout the day and weekend.

First news video of the day at 6 AM Philippines time, 3 PM Pacific:

Second news video, around 7:40 AM local time:
This one lists the proposed toll rates for the road, at least northbound -
Buendia to Sta. Mesa - PHP110 ($2.29) (presumably they mean exiting in Pandacan)
Buendia to Ramon Magsaysay - PHP141 ($2.94) (the anchor specifically meant from Buendia Avenue to Quezon Avenue when asking the field reporter about this particular tollrate)
Sta. Mesa to Ramon Magsaysay - PHP31 (65 cents) (entering near Pandacan and exiting at Quezon Avenue before the Del Monte toll plaza?)
Ramon Magsaysay to Balintawak - PHP153 ($3.19) (entering either at Landargun Street or Quezon Avenue and exiting at NLEX.  Not sure about the ramp from the Santa Mesa Bridge that has not been completed yet)
Buendia to Balintawak (mainline only) - PHP274 ($5.71)

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New photos of NLEX Connector construction near Blumentritt PNR station in Manila:
https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4203162729699137?__cft__[0]=AZVviigrFhmVw7YTqm6SfB09VeHyFwrUQSJ-X2ScDvNP1oolEZzu3MzZC-EIDSeHLlGFI3mXHi1hzC30DnGVNRXztjEbggT9YbaRmt_i_2w9ZjD6r8INpP8KGEctbodeoHj9DswQrVlc4KPdi5R_jHgt&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/139042425_4203162529699157_6606014870378235972_o.jpg?_nc_cat=111&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=iiDiLTtgdIoAX822P5G&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=7ed0fc2fd4920c3e7ed0d2222fc7978e&oe=6026D790)
(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/138945100_4203162516365825_4893053015601359306_o.jpg?_nc_cat=101&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=_NDI06rTy_4AX_4hgkR&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=6349cc7991b92748c1f019a6a7ed2ca3&oe=60269E24)
(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/139168990_4203162523032491_3439333864355544121_o.jpg?_nc_cat=101&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=PqIvA1TVo9EAX_5vaJN&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=ad2920233dbf3cab5551b96e00cdda11&oe=60262263)
(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/139099102_4203162519699158_1092214393040071986_o.jpg?_nc_cat=102&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=xE3_RyPJiQcAX_ytRhp&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=8efbe929e549dc854e9f2855ca07940b&oe=6026DDD3)

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Video of what traffic in Balintawak along EDSA looks like now that Skyway Stage 3 has fully reopened.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on January 14, 2021, 09:49:43 PM

Update on the Cebu Cordova Bridge.

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 14, 2021, 11:23:09 PM
From skyscrapercity: a San Miguel Corporation planning map of New Manila International Airport, showing:

- the north end of the Skyway extension to the airport property, cutting northwest past Obando
- the Airport Expressway, a spur from NLEX in Marilao west to the terminals
- Bataan-Bulacan Airport Expressway (BBEX)
- Bulacan-Tarlac Airport Expressway (BTEX)

(https://i.imgur.com/PkEgGp9.jpg)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 15, 2021, 12:10:40 AM
First video of all six lanes being open on Skyway Stage 3!

Several more being posted right now:





From this latter video, some new signage seen today!  Here's the old Skyway Ends sign at Buendia now replaced with a Welcome to Skyway Stage 3 sign:
(https://i.imgur.com/PXlcSa4.png)

The inaccurate Quezon Avenue Next Exit sign still remains, however.

New (but covered up) next-three-exits sign right before Quirino Avenue:
(https://i.imgur.com/mHhzIm9.png)

SMC Infrastructure sign near the still unfinished Nagtahan exit:
(https://i.imgur.com/VNdIoin.png)

Seems that the lane configuration between Buendia and Del Monte is 4 lanes northbound, 3 lanes southbound; but north of the toll plaza towards Balintawak it's flipped around to 3 lanes northbound, 4 lanes southbound.

North of Sgt. Rivera/5th Avenue the current temporary configuration looks to be 3 lanes southbound, 2 northbound, then 3 northbound, 2 southbound past the under-construction A. Bonifacio/Balintawak ramp.
Between the Balintawak Cloverleaf and the Camachile Flyover it looks like the temporary Super 2 layout is in effect.

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Ground-level video of the area near the southbound onramp for the Quezon Avenue interchange.  Note that Araneta Avenue is pretty free flowing in this area now that most of the at-grade construction is done.


Southbound video of the fully-opened mainline

From that video, a screencap of the view where the road curves at the A. Bonifacio/Sgt. Rivera intersection:
(https://i.imgur.com/CO6Ogen.png)

Higher quality shot of the next-three-exits sign after Buendia Avenue going southbound
(https://i.imgur.com/jzju4EY.png)

New "NAIAX Next Exit" sign near Amorsolo Street onramp
(https://i.imgur.com/h1V9LOM.png)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on January 15, 2021, 10:53:23 AM
An update on New Clark Bridge.

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on January 15, 2021, 12:45:40 PM
My family's roots lie in the Philippines - mostly in the Manila Metro. Actually, my great grandfather even ran the Bureau of Internal Revenue in 1965, right at the start of Ferdinand Marcos' administration. My family eventually left in 2003 when my mother was offered a job in North Carolina.

So most of my Philippine road knowledge is purely historical - might be worthwhile.

-A trip from Baguio to Manila originally took 4.5 hours. You would take the North Expressway from Quezon City to Bulacan, then the MacArthur Highway, to Kennon Road. An alternate route was built sometime in the '70s or '80s -the Marcos Highway, which was a modern 2 or 4 lane road to Baguio. After 1991, the eruption of Mount Pinatubo lengthened the trip to 6 hours - various roads were buried and bypasses had to be rebuilt.
-Taxis are hard to find in Manila. Your best bet was to use a jeepney or a tricycle.
-EDSA and the Manila Metro is infamous for its gridlocked traffic. My dad's 10 (or 15?) km commute took him over two hours on most days, since he lived in Novaliches but commuted inward into Manila.
-EDSA also was gridlocked because of a lack of pedestrian overpasses - most crossed EDSA's 8 lanes at grade. Which meant traffic signals, at most every street.
-The Philippines' roads were mostly designed and built by the US - some date to the Spanish era. However, the US granted the Philippines independence in 1946, years before the Interstate system. This means there is a severe lack of freeways (as of 2003, it mostly consisted of the NLEX and SLEX; cities like Cebu, Davao, and especially Baguio lacked freeway systems).
-Driving in the Philippines can be best described as chaotic. New Yorkers don't hold a candle to the insanity that is Manila drivers. Surprisingly, street racing isn't common - instead, people are trying to kill each other with their cars; that includes the buses, jeepneys, bicycles...
-Similarly, car parts are often stolen from parked cars. Side mirrors are often lost because of side swiping incidents.
As of 2021 the Philippines was in the process of decentraling their economy such as moving jobs or management away from Manila to Clark and Cebu areas. This is the Philippines version of "Big Tech" moving jobs away from San Francisco Bay area to Texas situation. Like San Francisco Bay Area had to face in the USA  the Manila Area had to deal with gentrification,  economic centralization, income inequality, Building their cities on former marshland and yes earthquakes faults within the city is what Manila had to face.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 15, 2021, 08:33:37 PM
Driver does roadtrip from NLEX in Valenzuela to Tagaytay, using NLEX, Skyway, SLEX, and CALAX before taking local roads to access the tourist community. 1 hour 51 minute video!

Some construction on the right shoulder of the southbound lanes of NLEX approaching Skyway - will this be the future Skyway right of way to connect to New Manila International Airport?

Also, ZERO advance signage of the NLEX south to Skyway south ramp at all, no distance markers, indication that is the next exit, nothing at all from Smart Connect Interchange (now Harbor Link Interchange) to the ramp.  For that matter, no indication that EDSA and A. Bonifacio Avenue are coming up shortly as well!  The only navigational sign that entire stretch (with no advance warning as well) is a rather small one for the Libis Baesa exit just before the Skyway ramp. 

After only an hour and 9 minutes, the driver in this video leaves the expressway system and has to contend with a slow rural road to get to Tagaytay.

Here's a screencap of the tiny Libis Baesa sign:
(https://i.imgur.com/EoJSYO4.png)
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Another video of all lanes being open on Skyway Stage 3:
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 16, 2021, 03:42:40 AM
Two cool evening shots of Skyway Stage 3:

https://www.facebook.com/SecMarkVillar/photos/a.809996409016339/4310323338983611/?type=3
(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/139403729_4310323342316944_4015780796383438226_n.jpg?_nc_cat=1&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=EMzYo5aFRwAAX81os8l&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=65b6adb488cc8ef40dc033c054624c7b&oe=602A16E0)

https://www.facebook.com/discoverasean10/photos/a.789563851228791/1577679865750515/
(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/137380442_1577679869083848_7998538419218380558_o.jpg?_nc_cat=1&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=YjGY0z8MSUEAX_sZ4ii&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=5ca16b211312e3003349c6f59da301bc&oe=602787C1)


ABS-CBN article on the positive effects of having a through expressway route in Metro Manila for the first time:
https://news.abs-cbn.com/video/news/01/16/21/motorists-encounter-less-traffic-in-ncr-after-skyway-3-opening

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Northbound video of Skyway Stage 3, but starting just north of the Magallanes Interchange along Osmena Highway/SLEX.  Noticeably lighter traffic on Osmena until Pasay Road (Arnaiz Avenue).  However, the northbound ramp configuration in which Skyway's exit ramp to Buendia merges with the SLEX/Osmena exit lanes, only for the onramp to Skyway Stage 3 to begin very shortly after northbound onramp to Osmena...lane-switching issues pretty apparent as motorists coming off of the Buendia Flyover segment of this highway want to cut over to the full expressway above.  (IMO, having a little bit of a C/D setup here and using K-rail to divide traffic from the flyover that is staying on Osmena and traffic that wants to access the Skyway really would help, along with extending the rightmost auxiliary lane from the Buendia-Osmena onramp to the Osmena-Skyway Stage 3 onramp)
(https://i.imgur.com/oHxeeJ8.png)
(https://i.imgur.com/Q6b1kq5.png)

Traffic at the Quezon Avenue offramp northbound is becoming a consistent issue, even with the exit only configurations now expanded to a full 2 lanes.  Still dealing with a long line of cars backing up into the mainline.

Construction at Sgt. Rivera flyover ramp from NB Skyway continues:
(https://i.imgur.com/MLMoCHf.png)

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Neat view of the Skyway from miles to the west in Manila.

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Another northbound journey but showing the awkward merge from the Buendia Flyover of Osmena Highway north to the Skyway onramp.  Less traffic at this hour though.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 16, 2021, 03:49:38 PM
Photos of construction work on the Southeast Metro Manila Expressway.  Commenter later responded that this is near the current C-5 interchange with Bayani Road in Taguig, where SEMME will split to the southwest towards FTI/Skyway.  From here northeast, it will follow C-5 until the Pasig River Expressway.

https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/c6-bulacan-rizal-taguig-highway-southeast-metro-manila-expressway.465078/post-171579616

(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/139562794_370317064271969_4967674820535038958_n-jpg.973056/)
(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/139839690_1593002057566671_3642747811860716076_n-jpg.973058/)
(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/139941231_3933608056671862_6167349160956065399_n-jpg.973059/)
(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/139557216_148392743592487_4771625692725695520_n-jpg.973060/)

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Short video clip of an overhead view of Skyway Stage 3 from a high-rise in western Quezon City.


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Southbound journey from Valenzuela to Carmona in the morning.  The driver in this video used NLEX, all of the Skyway from Caloocan/Balintawak to Alabang, and then SLEX to reach Carmona.

New drone video of Skyway Stage 3 in use!

Some observations from the drone video:

- lane markings now on northbound Skyway near Quezon Avenue, and the northbound onramp is now paved in asphalt.

- the onramp from the Santa Mesa Bridge has only been built for a few feet coming off of the northbound Skyway lanes; very little work has been done on the bridge itself.

- Still a while before the southbound Plaza Dilao offramp is ready.

- Planned 5-lane configuration in the Balintawak stretch of road? 

- Lots of potential right of way in Pandacan for a large interchange with the Pasig River Expressway.  Also lots of right of way where Shakey's used to be at Osmena and Quirino, should it ever be needed for the Quirino Avenue Extension of the Skyway towards Malate.

- The lane markings throughout the Osmena Highway corridor portion of Skyway Stage 3 are the standard dotted white lines, as opposed to the solid white lines through San Juan and north.  Makes me wonder if the solid lines are for areas that are still awaiting paving and the addition of center dividers.

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Another of the many Skyway videos with a timer to measure the efficiency of the route, but this time with (most) of the lanes open.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on January 17, 2021, 10:44:25 AM

New roadgeek tour by Pinoy Joyride.


Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 17, 2021, 01:02:33 PM
Photo of the Pandacan double-deck section of Skyway Stage 3.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/metro-manila-skyway.1492516/post-171592886
(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/kauna-unahang-%E2%80%9Cdouble-decker%E2%80%9D-skyway-sa-pilipinas-_-metro-manila-skyway-stage-3-5-46-screenshot-png.652308/)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 18, 2021, 04:14:16 PM
Saw this in several of the recent Skyway Stage 3 videos - SMC's temporary solution to address the awful backups at the northbound Quezon Avenue exit is having the right two lanes function as exit-only.  This however does not address that the ramp itself narrows down to one lane before landing at Araneta Avenue.

As such, the original gore point is now 300 meters north of the current exit split:
(https://i.imgur.com/7oiUpfk.png)

For comparison, no lane markings in that area several days ago:
(https://i.imgur.com/pP4CNuW.png)

And noticeable backup when there was only one exit-only lane on Friday:
(https://i.imgur.com/7xhQQeH.png)

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Another evening drive video of the Skyway, this time in inclement weather.  Good way of seeing how much the streetlights help with illuminating the road (especially with the dark asphalt surface).


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Plaza Dilao area underneath the Skyway now that the expressway is open


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Short video of the Pasig River/San Juan River viaduct of Skyway Stage 3:
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 19, 2021, 01:07:23 AM
Video of C-5 and its part-boulevard, part-expressway alignment (including the temporary alignment in Quezon City along Congressional Avenue and Mindanao Avenue)

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Northbound trip on Skyway Stage 3 with lane striping work continuing on the stretch in Balintawak:

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Inquirer article on Skyway Stage 3 toll rates.  It does seem that if one travels from Buendia to any of the Manila exits (Quirino, Nagtahan) that that would be one toll rate of PHP110.
https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1385447/proposed-toll-for-newly-opened-skyway-3-ranges-from-p110-to-p274
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on January 19, 2021, 11:54:59 AM



Here is an update on the CCLEX Bridge.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 19, 2021, 05:56:11 PM
Night view of the Skyway southbound.  Noticeable here are more lane markings in Balintawak and the lack of southbound lighting along the San Juan River section.  The Manila segment (specifically Pandacan west to the Quirino/Osmena bend) does not look to be well lit either.

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Box girders being put in place for the NLEX Connector mainline, looks like this is in Caloocan.
https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4217800891568654

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/139944191_4217800121568731_2526773595413044401_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=eslklK5_cREAX_7Jjd8&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=e534bcfa46cfb102f53b4b14306af2d1&oe=602E107F)
(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/139823324_4217800248235385_1073691171792978027_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=Ezj7Fte7MPoAX_Siwcr&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=2e7ed4aeb23f2fba3671863ee168f501&oe=602C9379)

https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4217855904896486
(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/140403101_4217855504896526_3641927104800978984_n.jpg?_nc_cat=106&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=2WzAIHy4Ak8AX9c-yRC&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=78f2ea88d7e276e0e3adf9d1cc6ff276&oe=602BE61F)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 20, 2021, 01:50:54 AM
New lane marking for the NLEX SB-Skyway SB ramp near Libis Baesa/Balintawak, similar to the US practice of painting on route shields on pavement near interchanges!

(https://i.imgur.com/IwKY8xO.png)

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One of THE most interesting info posts on the history of Skyway Stage 3, based on a comment in another article.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/metro-manila-skyway.1492516/post-171630827

I created a map that represents the three past proposed alignments, waiting to see from other commenters if this is accurate:
(https://i.imgur.com/pjbYb6W.png)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 20, 2021, 10:05:29 AM
Update on NLEX Connector.  Looks like there will be for sure a Santa Mesa exit from the new expressway (though probably a 2022 opening for that - the first section of this road being worked on is the Caloocan-Espana Boulevard run).

This will provide the missing access to the district that hadn't yet been provided when the San Juan River realignment constrained room for any northbound ramps to Aurora Boulevard.

https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/nlex-connector.1518081/post-171632534
(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/9a32886a-a56c-46f0-884a-7e16be766187-png.986407/)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: X99 on January 20, 2021, 12:34:11 PM
I'm a little confused on the 7-lane configuration of the Skyway in some of those videos. Is it striped for three lanes in each direction with an emergency lane, or is it a 3+4?
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 20, 2021, 01:39:19 PM
I'm a little confused on the 7-lane configuration of the Skyway in some of those videos. Is it striped for three lanes in each direction with an emergency lane, or is it a 3+4?

3+4 I think at present BUT not in any sort of consistent manner (i.e. some portions are 4 northbound/3 southbound, others are 4 southbound/3 northbound, and it looks like in the Balintawak area near the Ayala Cloverleaf mall it is only wide enough to be 2 northbound/3 southbound).

 With the current traffic load, I feel like the middle lane really could be used as a shoulder once a permanent barrier is installed in those 7-lane stretches, but unclear when San Miguel Corporation will finally get a length-to-length K-rail or metal guardrail installed for the Pandacan-Balintawak stretch.  The Quezon Avenue northbound congestion also has shown that SMC is willing to experiment with lane configurations on a real-time basis to try to alleviate the ramp backup.

The official discussions for what the toll rate will be also are interesting: the free period of travel this month, according to official stats, has averaged 50K ADT along the Buendia-Balintawak stretch - enough for the public to notice improvements in EDSA traffic, even if EDSA is still above its 288K ADT stated capacity.  (EDSA pre-Skyway Stage 3 was around 430K ADT or so).  The toll rates have been noted as expensive by folks at SkyscraperCity and certainly not the original 2011-2014 projections, but those didn't factor in San Miguel having to acquire the river right of way between Pandacan and Santa Mesa.  IMO a balance has to be achieved between recovering the cost of the road and trying to encourage any traffic going to NAIA/Manila/Makati from the north or towards NLEX and Clark from the south to avoid EDSA entirely.

I'm still on the fence to if the Skyway should be emphasized as the main corridor towards the heart of Quezon City, due to the Quezon Avenue ramp backup.  That in fact is the only planned northbound offramp between the proposed PAREX split in Santa Ana and the E. Rodriguez ramp that leads out towards Caloocan (as compared to southbound Skyway getting QC exits at A. Bonifacio/Sgt. Rivera, Quezon Avenue, and E. Rodriguez/Bayani) and while it is a decent enough route to North EDSA/Trinoma, not sure the existing Quezon Avenue surface road is well-suited for reaching Diliman or Batasan from Skyway.  (Batasan in particular is planned to get expressway access from NLEX in Valenzuela via the extension of NLEX Segment 8.2/C-5 Expressway, as well as the SEMME spur going east from Luzon Avenue.)

In the past, a Quezon Avenue/R-7 Expressway has been planned but neither NLEX nor SMC are pursuing that project.  (That said, now knowing the Skyway Stage 3 project has roots in 1971 corridor planning, this doesn't mean it won't be revisited in the far future, just that it is not being considered actively unlike PAREX, Shoreline Expressway, SEMME towards FTI, etc.)

Ortigas and Cubao are two districts firmly in the EDSA corridor that the Skyway doesn't serve, though the east PAREX segment will offer potential BGC access and indirect access to the Ortigas area.

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Here are the lane configurations so far for Skyway Stage 3, based on these two videos:
Buendia-Quirino: 3 SB, 4 NB
Quirino-Tomas Claudio:  3 SB, 3 NB
Tomas Claudio-The Marketplace Mall: 4 SB (but currently functioning with work on rightmost lanes), 3 NB
The Marketplace Mall-Santa Mesa: 3 SB, 4 NB
Santa Mesa-Bayani Street: 4 SB (with two lanes blocked off for maintenance work), 3 NB
Bayani Street-Quezon Avenue: 3 SB, 4 NB
Quezon Avenue NB offramp area: 3 SB, 2 NB, 2 NB exiting to Araneta/Quezon
Quezon Avenue overpass: 3 SB, 4 NB
Quezon Avenue to Del Monte toll plaza: 3 SB, 3 NB
Del Monte to Sgt. Rivera: 3 SB, 3 NB
Sgt. Rivera NB offramp: 4 SB, 2 NB, 1 NB exiting to Sgt. Rivera/5th Avenue
Sgt. Rivera to Balintawak Cloverleaf: 3 SB, 2 NB
Temporary configuration from Balintawak Cloverleaf to NLEX near Libis Baesa: 1 SB, 1 NB

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New signage for the San Juan River section and Quezon Avenue overpass, from the first video link:
(https://i.imgur.com/oMqEWgN.png)
(https://i.imgur.com/lL6mB0g.png)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 21, 2021, 03:21:44 AM
Interesting: This new article on the Skyway Stage 3 actually estimates the ADT now at 71K, with potential to expand to 200K ADT once fully built out (essentially taking over for more than 50% of EDSA's traffic). 

Certainly the videos so far show the road is well under capacity even with many drivers checking it out in the past 3 weeks.

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/smc-free-toll-medical-frontliners-000000954.html

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new Skyway Stage 3 southbound video.  At 8:37, one can see how even the two-lane exit only setup for Quezon Avenue from northbound Skyway is still not enough to alleviate the backup for that offramp:

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Another Skyway Stage 3 video from later in the day and numerous new blue location/overpass signs have been installed by SMC:


EDSA, Balintawak
(https://i.imgur.com/LCwt0Zn.png)

A. Bonifacio, just south of Cloverleaf mall
(https://i.imgur.com/o8vioa8.png)

Sgt. Rivera, east of A. Bonifacio
(https://i.imgur.com/B3QHkmi.png)

Del Monte Toll Plaza
(https://i.imgur.com/koDBUYC.png)

Quezon Avenue (southbound crossing)
(https://i.imgur.com/X4MQo1u.png)

E. Rodriguez (note that this sign appears BEFORE the exit labeled "E. Rodriguez" that actually lands closer to Bayani Street)
(https://i.imgur.com/Zyk7bA5.png)

Osmena Highway in Manila (San Andres Bukid)
(https://i.imgur.com/l1itd27.png)

Buendia, Makati
(https://i.imgur.com/YhWchWQ.png)

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New video of the area around the Nagtahan ramp complex and footage of the Plaza Dilao southbound onramp:

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 22, 2021, 05:04:14 AM
Evening construction work on the Skyway Extension between Susana Heights and Alabang

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Dmitri Valencia/Pinoy Joyride photos of construction work at the Skyway Stage 3 offramps near Plaza Dilao
https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4223644937650916?__cft__[0]=AZUAa4vtzYk0fOnCnqeKCdWpSxfTrklbYapnvqNgqPP9lfL3mdU5m8fw5ZPtIKrbRHJedOra0yOvGsSFzWxqemc4jMMULO_iQ81TGdREWXh-ROuLeALQ2L3rsfCaU95gEXWWnE-f0JSImKOmSwRlCozI&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R
(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/140998459_4223644700984273_3884681151907148875_n.jpg?_nc_cat=111&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=dD0dk5ciJRIAX-HvUZH&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=b171c9a8a9fc8808ed75a966cd9513cd&oe=602F5F1C)

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/141673529_4223644517650958_3169033407982104430_n.jpg?_nc_cat=103&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=FHV5w6c3Va8AX-2MkbK&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=b523d763acdf780fe7a735079820017f&oe=60315ECD)

New girder beams in Balintawak for the future Skyway mainline towards NMIA
https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4224053197610090?__cft__[0]=AZXbBWlq7GjVFBPwf8OkHZGB3mAP5FnUgvJEmQAr5lss0INEZjGwa0S7CyXO1RHlO3cdfZeIze6tM4Cl0su9EXy7svHHO2VDlKhHj24fb5ftp2keNr7M7IioRq1S66HOaURZIATp598mtt7qT6o4Oxh4&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R
(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/141129823_4224053084276768_6902811008735341732_n.jpg?_nc_cat=105&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=R7x50YuYBUEAX8LgSoF&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=76f96a47c19e599a4b1d45bd0ae779f7&oe=603163E4)

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Night overhead view of where Skyway Stage 3 bends from Sgt. Rivera/5th Avenue towards A. Bonifacio at the Caloocan/Quezon City border:

Construction video of the work done to get the San Juan River section in place:
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 22, 2021, 03:21:03 PM
New northbound location identifier signs along Skyway Stage 3, starting right after the Buendia offramp:


Buendia
(https://i.imgur.com/pcqYSaz.png)

Osmena Highway, Manila (somewhat of a misnomer northbound - all of Skyway follows the entirety of Osmena Highway from SLEX/Arnaiz Avenue to Quirino Avenue)
(https://i.imgur.com/h6EUP6V.png)

Pandacan, right across from Paco Station and as one gets into the double-decker portion there
(https://i.imgur.com/USA8CYL.png)

Aurora Boulevard near SM City Santa Mesa (Centerpoint)
(https://i.imgur.com/9rHRtqX.png)

G. Araneta, probably near Landargun Street
(https://i.imgur.com/YKj3Z4F.png)

Also, the exit only split now has been extended for the NB ramps to Quezon Avenue, from 300m beyond the gore point, to 400m (1/4 mile).  However, the video shows that that doesn't change the inherent issues where the ramp physically is only one lane wide.

(https://i.imgur.com/3v0WhyM.png)

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A more scenic video of Skyway driving, this time emphasizing the skyline views along the way
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 23, 2021, 05:55:25 AM
New video (filmed by dmitrivalencia/Pinoy Joyirde) of NLEX Connector construction work around the Caloocan Interchange
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=420397412743502

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EDSA, 1992 (so before the grade separations/Ayala Tunnel were built in Makati)


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Skyway video from Bicutan-Quirino, then a little bit of a look at the Nagtahan ramp construction
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 23, 2021, 06:26:43 PM
The Toll Regulatory Board has listened to complaints that PHP274 is too steep for Skyway Stage 3, and has in fact decided that SMC must leave the road free until all of the interchanges for the project are complete:
https://tribune.net.ph/index.php/2021/01/24/skyway-3-stays-toll-free-longer/
Same article also states that EDSA has been decongested by 100K fewer cars since Stage 3 opened.

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These two new Skyway vids, both starting at Buendia Avenue, highlight how there is not only a need for an auxiliary lane from the NB onramp from Buendia to Osmena Highway towards the NB onramp from Osmena itself to the Skyway, but that there is plenty of right of way for that potential lane!

(https://i.imgur.com/lrKnLgE.png)
(https://i.imgur.com/Gt8YS64.png)
(https://i.imgur.com/SUs6GcZ.png)

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Night video of construction for the Skyway extension in Alabang
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 24, 2021, 01:17:46 PM
Spent much of Saturday evening creating a straight line diagram for the Skyway:

(https://i.imgur.com/nmywxCe.png)

Direct link as the forum coding here cuts off the full size:
https://i.imgur.com/nmywxCe.png
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https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/metro-manila-skyway.1492516/page-587

Photos in the field from Skyscrapercity user Bruno14.

Flooding near SM City Santa Mesa:

(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/received_118135026850274-jpeg.1002023/)

Ongoing construction of the Skyway extension in Susana Heights
(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/img_20210124_154221-jpg.1002541/)

(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/img_20210124_154230-jpg.1002544/)

a bit further north, at the SLEX Filinvest exit in Alabang:
(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/img_20210124_154409-jpg.1002546/)

(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/img_20210124_154908-jpg.1002548/)

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 25, 2021, 03:36:58 AM
Cool afternoon-to-dusk Skyway video, showing new lane markings and multiple lanes open between Cloverleaf Mall in Balintawak and the current north terminus at NLEX.


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New drone video of the Skyway, mostly in Quezon City but also around Pandacan:

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Video of construction for NLEX Connector in Caloocan and northern Manila
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 25, 2021, 06:49:12 PM
Video tour of the still incomplete C-6 ring road (some of which will be incorporated into Southeast Metro Manila Expressway).


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4K 360 degree view of Skyway Stage 3 northbound

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more construction work video of NLEX Connector

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Footage of Skyway Stage 3 from the Quezon Avenue northbound ramp then to NLEX, then up NLEX to Bocaue

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Ramp construction around the Nagtahan and Plaza Dilao interchanges

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 28, 2021, 04:23:30 AM
SMC ready to start construction of the ramps from Pandacan to Santa Mesa (essentially the final kilometer or so of the NLEX Connector leading into Skyway Stage 3 at the Tomas Claudio exit)

https://www.topgear.com.ph/news/motoring-news/skyway-stage-3-nlex-connector-link-a2578-20210128?utm_source=Facebook-TopGear&utm_medium=Ownshare&utm_campaign=20210128-fbnp-news-skyway-stage-3-nlex-connector-link-a2578-20210128-fbfirst&fbclid=IwAR37crPGb44QZ6lManiexqHDMN5zW8S82teveMj9zGJceu7F0auhaO48fsA

Cool shot of the Osmena-Quirino bend (looks to be older than the 12/29/20 soft opening of Stage 3 though) that is from the article:
(https://images.summitmedia-digital.com/topgear/images/2021/01/28/skyway-stage-3-nlex-connector-road-1611818190.jpg)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 28, 2021, 03:48:05 PM
Photo of construction for the Tomas Claudio/NLEX Connector interchange with Skyway Stage 3
https://www.facebook.com/smcramonang/photos/a.117887309966315/224531832635195/?type=3

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/143566219_224531835968528_6648749945032511642_n.jpg?_nc_cat=109&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=QeOXPjRX2lMAX-aAE8a&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=5d2e8bf292f758397d5b7fe69fad5c8e&oe=6038DE4A)

https://www.topgear.com.ph/news/motoring-news/skyway-stage-3-nlex-connector-link-a2578-20210128?utm_source=Facebook-TopGear&utm_medium=Ownshare&utm_campaign=20210128-fbnp-news-skyway-stage-3-nlex-connector-link-a2578-20210128-fbfirst&fbclid=IwAR37crPGb44QZ6lManiexqHDMN5zW8S82teveMj9zGJceu7F0auhaO48fsA

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New video on the CLLEX

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TRB has ordered the Skyway to remain toll-free while the eventual rates for passage are still being debated.
https://www.facebook.com/abscbnNEWS/photos/a.84382255167/10159201911060168/?type=3

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Cool photos from Pinoy Joyide:

SS3 at night
https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4243049802377096?notif_id=1611903892873155&notif_t=page_highlights&ref=notif
(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s1080x2048/142858931_4243049755710434_4123158635516707685_o.jpg?_nc_cat=105&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=svpSR_L_sKcAX_tmg5O&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&tp=7&oh=66bbb94f6b3dbba39d665bdc1c67cb39&oe=6039E1D1)

Skyway Extension viaduct in Alabang
https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/photos/pcb.4241991625816247/4241991555816254
(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/142710740_4241991559149587_813651313932509503_n.jpg?_nc_cat=100&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=TYvAONwVmucAX_tWjvw&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=39b8b1bc247db97eeba4e09864a24f02&oe=6037DB1A)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on January 31, 2021, 01:17:34 PM
Updates on the Skyway Extension in Alabang


https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4248530948495648
(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/143135877_4248523815163028_6969519827726398044_n.jpg?_nc_cat=100&ccb=2&_nc_sid=730e14&_nc_ohc=NcIRLIOzvy0AX_PkKxY&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=e302d4e53e5d1b1d0a24df258ed27730&oe=603D0A61)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on February 01, 2021, 07:02:00 AM
500th reply in thread!

New photos in Quezon City (from Skyscrapercity moderator ajosh821) of the southbound Skyway Stage 3 offramp for E. Rodriguez (which actually lands towards Bayani Street)
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/metro-manila-skyway.1492516/post-171817345

(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/img_20210201_153647-jpg.1033709/)

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Unfortunate news: construction accident on the site of NLEX Connector works near Blumentritt PNR station
https://www.facebook.com/PhilippineSTAR/posts/2119874731499530
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on February 01, 2021, 11:48:55 PM
New photos of the Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEX) in Aliaga, Nueva Ecija
https://www.facebook.com/490189280996519/posts/4255541674461242
(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/145404197_4255533327795410_9196105034290063940_n.jpg?_nc_cat=101&ccb=2&_nc_sid=730e14&_nc_ohc=GK9ljcAgbt4AX_zVjJU&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=552e34de2c06998b9e3f3d8ce60963c9&oe=603FC053)
(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/145375444_4255533324462077_6689878574774181654_n.jpg?_nc_cat=107&ccb=2&_nc_sid=730e14&_nc_ohc=a8SzPd5m0sIAX8-9HU8&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=2b2f17d90fd3a6b142026fbcb2d82b46&oe=603D82CA)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on February 03, 2021, 03:32:06 AM
New Pinoy Joyride/dmitrivalencia video from Harbor Link to CAVITEX via NLEX, Metro Manila Skyway (Stage 3 and Stage 1) and NAIAX:

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Some photos of ongoing construction at the Caloocan Interchange between NLEX Connector & Harbor Link:
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/nlex-connector.1518081/post-171852675

(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/img_20210203_150426-jpg.1041911/)
(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/img_20210203_150428-jpg.1041917/)
(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/img_20210203_150411-jpg.1041929/)

https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4259143454101064

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Post by: bing101 on February 03, 2021, 10:32:59 AM



Here is an update on the Cebu- Cordova Bridge.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on February 03, 2021, 08:01:08 PM
Short video of the Skyway from SM Centerpoint parking garage in Quezon City
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on February 04, 2021, 10:34:31 PM
Construction work at the Nagtahan interchange from Skyway Stage 3
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on February 05, 2021, 06:22:10 AM
New photos of Skyway Extension construction work in Susana Heights
https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4264192606929482

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/145505327_4264191846929558_6590200693556197612_n.jpg?_nc_cat=103&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=x9dRZWl07NYAX-AyHD2&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=6449d0145536751783f189f9db6b57c5&oe=6043D996)
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Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on February 06, 2021, 02:14:27 PM
NLEX Connector update in Caloocan
https://www.facebook.com/336841361643/videos/267583861384245?__cft__[0]=AZVDCEOs6-r0tO6jYp8UDC2D8LJXRFlhh20FZcibz0U1KL-yWiVrCTQysF3kRk-uAj__ieF6uKP0zJO000LYCuLLtZr4RPAPEdGhK-jQXDrW_Lp-goWzcGlm8rcKk0JXa3mrjYV2se5sBZC6jxxtuS7b

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CALAX update
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on February 06, 2021, 09:06:19 PM
Some evening videos of the Skyway, showing progress with SMC's innovation of reflective tape on the roadway walls.


(https://i.imgur.com/pfRt17S.png)


(https://i.imgur.com/jBs2CZ6.png)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on February 08, 2021, 10:40:23 AM
From SkyscraperCity moderator ajosh821: New photos of the E. Rodriguez ramp complex on Skyway Stage 3 (offramp to Araneta/Bayani, onramp from Araneta/Landargun) -

https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/metro-manila-skyway.1492516/post-171927559

(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/img_20210208_153359-jpg.1061750/)

(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/img_20210208_153301-jpg.1061752/)

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Construction on the Cavite-Tagaytay-Batangas Expressway (CTBEX) to begin in July:
https://www.facebook.com/gobatangas/photos/a.2118232755102195/2912718812320248/?type=3
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Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on February 08, 2021, 08:35:57 PM
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on February 09, 2021, 08:58:57 PM

Here is more on the Cebu Bridge.


Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on February 10, 2021, 10:36:40 AM
Two new Skyway Stage 3 exits opening tomorrow (February 11th, which is 30 minutes from now in Philippines time) -
(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/149268943_4278008142214595_2091093515966164842_n.jpg?_nc_cat=100&ccb=3&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=oCSyxXqZS6gAX-A9uav&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=da727d0dcb0c36489f9bc599f655b093&oe=6047C470)

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/148852861_4278008228881253_392683993625365494_n.jpg?_nc_cat=100&ccb=3&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=OqRf7-aNxpkAX-qQG_E&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=7ed62b36dbcb95a86af376f46f5a44c0&oe=6049F7AE)
(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/148323326_4278008385547904_8987734071054035651_n.jpg?_nc_cat=111&ccb=3&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=6lDUMFZ9BTsAX8kWjFl&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=9b3197028257a00707a3c8959eebab31&oe=604A9A66)
- Northbound exit to A. Bonifacio Avenue in Quezon City, the last exit before NLEX.  Finally provides road access to Ayala Malls Cloverleaf and EDSA (particularly towards Monumento) from the south.

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/148383347_4278008545547888_2584355413849738949_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&ccb=3&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=7wwPhqe87msAX80gE9O&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=2a19811fd2b628bd4a093937eaadaa23&oe=6047B4E6)
(http://ttps://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/148729988_4278008672214542_3353907070691467871_n.jpg?_nc_cat=111&ccb=3&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=3UxQoGFoA68AX-uGnVa&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=a8663986f59085beb7cb60f4d8af3c02&oe=6048AD99)
(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/148954328_4278008788881197_5659070297952465343_n.jpg?_nc_cat=101&ccb=3&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=nZUmT-g3l98AX-WtHfW&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=70ae5131b9d5c98d1564b32e72f90a47&oe=604A8919)
- Southbound E. Rodriguez exit, also in Quezon City.  First exit to open up southbound between Quezon Avenue and Buendia Avenue.  (Ramp landing is actually just before T. Arguelles and a block north of Bayani Road, so access to E. Rodriguez Avenue is very indirect and requires either a U-turn on G. Araneta Avenue or going a bit out of the way along Bayani).  Access to SM Centerpoint (SM City Santa Mesa) mall, the Quezon Institute, and the Manila districts of Santa Mesa and Sampaloc.

Note that the ramp is about 1.4 km/0.87 miles north of SM Centerpoint, also where Magsaysay Boulevard/Aurora Boulevard intersects G. Araneta Avenue right before the Santa Mesa Bridge.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on February 10, 2021, 07:59:53 PM
Photos of the new ramps now open off Skyway Stage 3:

https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/metro-manila-skyway.1492516/post-171971497

E. Rodriguez (Bayani) southbound
(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/20210211_081915-jpg.1072305/)

A. Bonifacio Avenue northbound, near Balintawak
(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/20210211_083142-jpg.1072306/)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on February 10, 2021, 09:39:39 PM

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Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on February 11, 2021, 03:25:13 AM

Pinoy Joyride video of the new offramps opening on Skyway Stage 3
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on February 12, 2021, 03:49:26 AM

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New northbound photos of Skyway Stage 3 from Skyscrapercity user Bruno14:
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/metro-manila-skyway.1492516/post-171991382

- Crossing over the Buendia Flyover.  Note the Armco guardrail, as opposed to sections of the new road with only cones to divide the lanes:
(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/77c8fc8d-df4d-49ce-8b26-56563de7d146-jpeg.1077127/)

- Osmena/Quirino bend:
(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/5144199e-924c-43d2-8128-174c737860fa-jpeg.1077128/)

- Pandacan, lower deck
(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/ca0de775-526f-432c-a4df-159c14a7fc4e-jpeg.1077130/)

- Just east of Tomas Claudio interchange, the dotted lines marking the future NLEX Connector SB-Skyway NB junction.
(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/8d75d049-41fa-4286-bc5b-5f7854ff4e7d-jpeg.1077132/)
(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/210f081f-8fdb-4c46-b21b-ddbae6e1a283-jpeg.1077133/)

- K-rail finally being added!  Here are some examples.

San Juan River
(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/715e45f0-9294-4d44-9a96-0dec900a1101-jpeg.1077136/)

Santa Mesa Bridge area, near SM Centerpoint mall
(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/95de6cd4-8c99-449b-97e6-0bc06ad35b6d-jpeg.1077139/)
(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/97eba7a3-e8e5-448d-a7ab-65f218e9e6fd-jpeg.1077140/)

- Gore point for northbound Quezon Avenue exit
(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/f0c26acd-565c-4a49-8ab7-3ff9a3800911-jpeg.1077142/)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on February 12, 2021, 11:57:14 PM
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on February 13, 2021, 05:09:22 PM
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on February 13, 2021, 11:19:00 PM

An Update on the Cebu Expressway construction.

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on February 14, 2021, 02:28:53 AM
Videos of the new Skyway Stage 3 offramps, via Pinoy Joyride/dmitrivalencia:

- A. Bonifacio exit near Balintawak, northbound
https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4288120441203365

- E. Rodriguez exit in Dona Imelda, Quezon City, southbound
https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4288142091201200
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on February 16, 2021, 07:13:43 PM
New photos of the Tomas Claudio interchange under construction off Skyway Stage 3, from dmitrivalencia/Pinoy Joyride:
https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4294878027194273

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/150644174_4294864967195579_533283221414232771_o.jpg?_nc_cat=107&ccb=3&_nc_sid=730e14&_nc_ohc=FhNby20jdSIAX9Qn169&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=cc0b286b83071086e6b5a42f9a33dc27&oe=6052D953)

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/150746268_4294864993862243_7389023644388289077_o.jpg?_nc_cat=110&ccb=3&_nc_sid=730e14&_nc_ohc=8Dw6vnxBHtIAX_fN9zJ&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=ecb6d6782c7447fb10544e46b96d7fa5&oe=605314A)

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on February 18, 2021, 07:07:14 PM
Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEX) to open between TPLEX in Tarlac and Aliaga on May 15th

https://www.motopinas.com/motorcycle-news/cllex-to-partially-open-toll-free-in-may-2021.html

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/150543386_4402609993088278_356651106788534981_o.jpg?_nc_cat=106&ccb=3&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=JPPklHZNonUAX-nrLnQ&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=ad9a2b3d71fbb3e90dd1fb9fb20d1b6f&oe=60541587)
(https://www.motopinas.com/image.php?src=/images/posts/post13047.jpg&w=2048)
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Post by: bing101 on February 19, 2021, 03:58:54 PM

Here is an update on the Central Luzon Link Expressway in Tarlac.

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on February 22, 2021, 12:46:02 AM
New Skyway Stage 3 video from dmitrivalencia/Pinoy Joyride


Includes drone footage of Plaza Dilao, Nagtahan (PAREX west segment), Tomas Claudio (NLEX Connector), and Sgt. Rivera (possible future 5th Avenue expressway spur) interchanges under construction.

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: mrsman on February 25, 2021, 12:00:21 PM
Forgive my ignorance on matters related to the Philippines, but as I look at some of these pictures, it seems that all of the highway signs are in English and apparently English only.  Isn't the native Filipino language more commonly spoken than English?  Why aren't there more signs in Filipino or at least bilingual English/Filipino signs?
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on February 25, 2021, 12:56:23 PM
Forgive my ignorance on matters related to the Philippines, but as I look at some of these pictures, it seems that all of the highway signs are in English and apparently English only.  Isn't the native Filipino language more commonly spoken than English?  Why aren't there more signs in Filipino or at least bilingual English/Filipino signs?
The "Motorsiklo" signs along EDSA are in Tagalog but yeah that is absolutely noticeable.

English is prevalent enough in the Philippines that my guess is that they are attempting to go for international signage standards, where some of the words are going to be the same in English and Tagalog (i.e. exit, km).  Some filipino English quirks can be seen in the location signs (i.e. "You are now in San Juan River" on SS3)

The new Skyway overhead signage San Miguel Corporation has installed between NAIAX and Nagtahan all are to modern Interstate standards, but north of there it is still mostly small pole-mounted stuff that will eventually be hard to read once fully freeway speeds of 80km/50 MPH are allowed in Stage 3.

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Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on February 25, 2021, 12:58:24 PM

Here is a tour of C5.


Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on February 25, 2021, 01:01:35 PM
Forgive my ignorance on matters related to the Philippines, but as I look at some of these pictures, it seems that all of the highway signs are in English and apparently English only.  Isn't the native Filipino language more commonly spoken than English?  Why aren't there more signs in Filipino or at least bilingual English/Filipino signs?


Technically Philippines is a multilingual country I know in some areas of Clark I seen some streets have their signs in Korean due to the number of immigrants from South Korea are in the Pampanga area. Yes the official language is Tagalog but there are others such as Ilocano, Kapampangan, Bicolano,  Visayan in other parts of the country.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on February 26, 2021, 12:17:56 AM
https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2021/2/15/New-expressway-in-Central-Luzon-to-open-on-May-15.html
Here is a proposed date for May 15th to open the Central Luzon Link Expressway.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on March 01, 2021, 11:22:08 PM



Here is an update on the Skyway.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on March 04, 2021, 12:06:08 PM

Here is a night tour by Pinoy Joyride.


Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on March 10, 2021, 12:28:38 AM
Cool on-the-ground footage of the under-construction Nagtahan Interchange on Skyway Stage 3 (which will connect to the Mabini Bridge and potentially to the future Pasig River Expressway/PAREX west segment)

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on March 13, 2021, 11:12:01 AM

Here is a tour on the Skyway.




And here is a tour on the Cebu Cordova Bridge


Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on March 15, 2021, 10:17:53 AM
Skyway Stage 3 ordered to be closed indefinitely by the TRB starting March 16th, until all ramps are completed (I presume this means Sgt. Rivera, Nagtahan, Plaza Dilao junctions and the Landargun/E. Rodriguez and Quirino onramps and not the Tomas Claudio/NLEX Connector interchange)

https://www.facebook.com/490189280996519/posts/4375321582483250/

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Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on March 15, 2021, 08:27:42 PM
TRB apparently contradicts San Miguel's earlier notice and says Skyway Stage 3 is not being closed down at the moment

(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/fb_img_1615853881797-jpg.1216613/)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on March 17, 2021, 02:07:48 PM
Skyway video where one can see the current temporary contraflow lane on the southbound portion of SLEX in Alabang, where the left lane is currently used as a northbound offramp from SLEX.  This will become a southbound onramp from Skyway once the northbound portion of the Skyway Extension is opened

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on March 18, 2021, 05:27:42 AM
Video of ongoing construction for the Sgt. Rivera/5th Avenue interchange off Skyway Stage 3 at the Caloocan/Quezon City border:

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on March 23, 2021, 01:20:47 PM

Here is more from Pinoy Joyride





Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on March 29, 2021, 07:36:11 AM
Ramp paving works at the Landargun (E. Rodriguez) northbound onramp to Skyway Stage 3
https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4418038248211583

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/166136839_4418038181544923_8913201793206476144_n.jpg?_nc_cat=101&ccb=1-3&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=LKypcw5MJXsAX8AIj5m&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=6fb36a05ee1c59a18ee4e91e0adaec42&oe=6087FC7D)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on March 29, 2021, 02:26:12 PM


Here is an update on the Cebu Expressway as of March 2021.

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on March 30, 2021, 10:51:15 AM

Here is the Calax Expressway Update

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on March 31, 2021, 01:08:21 AM
Courtesy Alvingod at Skyscrapercity:  Interesting DPWH map of official expressway projects in Metro Manila.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/philippine-highways-and-major-roadways.841178/post-172730722
(https://www.dpwh.gov.ph/dpwh/2020%20DPWH%20Road%20and%20Bridge%20Inventory/Road%20Data%202016/NCR.jpg)

Notable for the inclusion of the Port Link Expressway between Navotas (Harbor Link/R10 junction) and CAVITEX in Paranaque/Pasay. 

Current proposals not shown on here include the Skyway Stage 3 extension to New Manila International Airport in Bulakan, the Shoreline expressway, and the Marilao Airport Spur.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on April 11, 2021, 01:27:07 AM
Skyway Extension northbound carriageway is soft-opening today!

This 3 mile viaduct in Muntinlupa connects from SLEX in Susana Heights to the existing Alabang exit of Skyway Stage 2.
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=external&v=281639456746193
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on April 12, 2021, 04:28:42 AM
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on April 12, 2021, 10:50:59 AM
60 KPH (37 MPH) speed limit to be retained on parts of Skyway Stage 3, due to a planned movable barrier setup:
https://www.autoindustriya.com/auto-industry-news/skyway-stage-3-60-km-h-zone-from-now-on.html

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: Joe The Dragon on April 12, 2021, 11:23:53 AM
60 KPH (37 MPH) speed limit to be retained on parts of Skyway Stage 3, due to a planned movable barrier setup:
https://www.autoindustriya.com/auto-industry-news/skyway-stage-3-60-km-h-zone-from-now-on.html

37 MPH are local roads with at-grade parts with higher ones?

What an joke no one will do that anyways?
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on April 12, 2021, 11:30:57 AM
60 KPH (37 MPH) speed limit to be retained on parts of Skyway Stage 3, due to a planned movable barrier setup:
https://www.autoindustriya.com/auto-industry-news/skyway-stage-3-60-km-h-zone-from-now-on.html

37 MPH are local roads with at-grade parts with higher ones?

What an joke no one will do that anyways?

You're not wrong!  I've seen quite a few Youtube videos of Skyway Stage 3 since it opened in late december and it feels like most folks are in the 70-75 KPH range (though SMC is trying to enforce the limits more strictly with CCTV cameras, and with patrolling around the Quezon Avenue exit).

Having said that, 37 MPH on this highway is still an improvement over the traditional gridlock along the EDSA ring road.  From my trips to the Philippines I do get the sense that the average driver on the expressways out goes a little slower than say here in California.

In PH two-lane roads are probably closer to 60 KPH/37 MPH in general (rather than California's standard 55 MPH), and multi-lane boulevards that would be 40 MPH in the US are probably closer to 30 MPH or less in Metro Manila.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on April 14, 2021, 09:12:26 PM

Here is an update on the Cebu Expressway.


Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on April 15, 2021, 04:12:48 PM

CALAX

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on April 18, 2021, 09:45:37 PM
The E. Rodriguez onramp for Metro Manila Skyway northbound in Quezon City (actually located at the G. Araneta/Landargun intersection) is nearly complete:

https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4480970328585041

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/175001755_4480964745252266_4677571427632315729_n.jpg?_nc_cat=109&ccb=1-3&_nc_sid=730e14&_nc_ohc=x0sbghhXu1cAX8oV-bL&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=f522b2f562186863645da00407786bae&oe=60A399E8)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on April 21, 2021, 10:45:53 PM
Skyway update: northbound ramp to Nagtahan opening today (April 22)!

This gives direct access to Otis, San Miguel and Sampaloc areas from Makati and NAIA.

https://www.facebook.com/490189280996519/posts/4492208344127906/

SM-G973U1

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on April 22, 2021, 02:31:53 AM
Some rather unique gore point signage for the Skyway Stage 3 northbound ramp to Nagtahan. 


(https://i.imgur.com/bfm106b.png)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on April 23, 2021, 10:54:48 PM

Here is the view from Pinoy Joyride

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on April 24, 2021, 01:15:22 PM
Some scenes of the signage for Nagtahan exit:


- Next Three Exits sign in San Andres Bukid which skips over the Quirino Avenue exit.
(https://i.imgur.com/pKgZCr5.png)

- Nagtahan 1 Km sign at the Quirino/Osmena bend.  Note that the main sign does not hint at it being a left exit...
(https://i.imgur.com/h30QLMb.png)

while the auxiliary sign on the left does (in small text)
(https://i.imgur.com/3GIFMX2.png)

- What the gore point sign looks like at speed:
(https://i.imgur.com/PH2gTZ9.png)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on April 24, 2021, 09:53:52 PM

Update on Calax by Pinoy Joyride



And Another crew has released an update on the Cebu-Cordova Bridge.

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on April 25, 2021, 12:25:30 PM
With the opening of the Nagtahan exit on Skyway Stage 3...

The northbound sign in Makati that once had a tarp greenout of "Quezon Avenue" has now had its temporary labeling removed, to reveal the more-accurate signage of "Quirino - Next exit"

https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/metro-manila-skyway.1492516/post-173122605
(https://i.imgur.com/TbLi04e.png)

Nagtahan represents the first southbound Manila exit to open, and the second northbound one.  Still awaiting opening are the southbound Plaza Dilao/Quirino Extension ramps, as well as the entirety of the Tomas Claudio Interchange with NLEX Connector and PAREX east segment.

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on April 29, 2021, 11:14:57 PM


CLLEX Update




Iconic Cebu Cordova expressway.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on May 03, 2021, 09:56:39 AM
https://www.philstar.com/business/2021/05/03/2095370/ctbex-swiss-challenge-end-year-or-early-2022

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Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on May 05, 2021, 03:32:34 PM
New cloverleaf interchange on SCTEX near Clark:

(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/img_20210502_030448-jpg.1451764/)
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/philippine-highways-and-major-roadways.841178/post-173251547
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on May 07, 2021, 10:42:40 PM

Here is a Calax Construction Update.



Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on May 11, 2021, 10:52:13 PM

Here is another tour on the Skyway

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on May 13, 2021, 10:35:32 PM

Here is a tour of the Cebu-Cordova Bridge.

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on May 15, 2021, 10:33:55 PM

Metro Cebu Expressway update

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on May 24, 2021, 10:26:37 AM
Plaza Dilao (Quirino Avenue) southbound offramp from Skyway Stage 3 now open!  Now drivers from the north can access Malate, Intramuros, Paco, San Andres Bukid and northern Makati.

https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/posts/4593436817338391

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/191714653_4593436504005089_8172339324771139099_n.jpg?_nc_cat=103&ccb=1-3&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=7fx-1EeyhbkAX9Sjb2F&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=213b2aa68dcbb0855677e36d37afabdd&oe=60D02791)

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/191011439_4593436637338409_3261656437770099118_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&ccb=1-3&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=FAIui-SxzpAAX_ZVvwQ&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=a30b2d8ac723d624815dbccdfb7939ff&oe=60D2C2D8)

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/188472162_4593436754005064_7701946889162066293_n.jpg?_nc_cat=104&ccb=1-3&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=LtuN3BIiy-QAX9R8WpW&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=c9dc6847c57317e17d6f9a6ecddb2d35&oe=60D186BD)

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on May 25, 2021, 11:07:54 AM
Video of the new Quirino Avenue southbound ramp from Skyway southbound at Plaza Dilao, including the ramp stub for the future connection to Quirino Extension towards Otis/United Nations:

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on June 01, 2021, 12:31:54 PM

Here is an update on Calax.

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on June 07, 2021, 02:19:33 PM
Ramp stubs for the future fork from the southbound Skyway exit to Quirino Avenue towards Quirino Avenue Extension:

(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/girder-for-quirino-extensoin-ramp-rexdronietv-video-6-4-21-jpg.1609727/)
(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/wide-view-quirino-extension-stub-6-4-21-jpg.1609729/)

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Just created Skyway exit lists to help show which ramps are open and where each exit goes:
Northbound https://skywaysignconcepts.blogspot.com/2021/06/skyway-northbound-exit-list.html
Southbound https://skywaysignconcepts.blogspot.com/2021/06/skyway-southbound-exit-list.html
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on June 11, 2021, 11:49:18 AM
Skyscrapercity mod Ajosh821 has found this planning document from DPWH for the Laguna Lakeshore road network project.  Phase 1 in particular would provide a second north-south corridor directly parallel to SLEX/Skyway between Pasig and Calamba:

https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/laguna-lakeshore-road-network-expressway-dike.1671785/post-173815526

(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/oda2-jpg.1626322/)

(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/oda5-jpg.1626326/)

(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/1-jpg.1626371/)

(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/2-jpg.1626373/)

(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/3-jpg.1626375/)

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BGC-Ortigas Link bridge opening today. 

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on June 16, 2021, 11:18:09 AM

Here is an Update on the Cebu Expressway.



Here is also an update on the Cebu-Cordova Bridge!


Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on June 27, 2021, 11:35:16 AM
Update Cavite Laguna Expressway is about to open according to this release.

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on July 02, 2021, 09:22:33 AM
Here are road updates on Cebu Island






Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on July 05, 2021, 04:37:00 AM
Environmental Impact Statement now out for the Pasig River Expressway project

http://eia.emb.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/PDS-Pasig-River-Expressway-Project.pdf
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on July 06, 2021, 03:50:18 AM
Toll collection for Skyway Stage 3 to begin in 6 days:

https://wheels.ph/news/2021/07/06/32422/smc-to-begin-toll-collection-skyway-stage-3-this-july/
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on July 06, 2021, 10:56:55 PM
Toll rates for Skyway Stage 3 now posted:

(https://www.skyscrapercity.com/attachments/e5p5h4lucaiguii-jpg.1739689/)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on July 12, 2021, 11:48:33 AM



Update on the Metro Cebu Expressway.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on July 14, 2021, 03:26:07 AM
The first significant portion of the Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEX) between Tarlac and Aliaga is opening tomorrow:

https://www.facebook.com/490189280996519/posts/4740912262590845/
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on July 14, 2021, 11:03:25 AM

Here is a tour of CLLEX by Pinoy Joyride


Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on July 18, 2021, 11:01:28 AM

Here is the updated status on the Cebu Cordova Bridge
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on July 25, 2021, 11:38:56 AM



Here is more on Road Construction in Cebu
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on August 08, 2021, 12:03:27 PM

Cebu Bridge update

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on August 20, 2021, 10:21:46 PM

Wow this is the Philippines version of the CA-47 Bridge







Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on August 23, 2021, 10:04:30 PM

Cavite-Laguna Expressway to open soon.

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on August 26, 2021, 11:17:22 AM

Pinoy Joyride does a tour on Opening Day on Calax.

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on August 30, 2021, 09:43:34 AM

Calax and Silang East Muting Ilog  Tour
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on September 05, 2021, 05:54:31 PM
Here is a tour.

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on September 27, 2021, 10:14:53 AM
https://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/401464/cclex-is-83-4-complete


Here is an update on the Cebu Bridge.


And a different update on the Manila Skyway.




Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on September 27, 2021, 08:23:31 PM


And a different update on the Manila Skyway.





Most notable change on this video compared to past footage of Skyway: 90% of Skyway Stage 3 now has a concrete median!  There were a couple of notable crossover accidents near Buendia earlier in the year so this is a very positive upgrade.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on September 29, 2021, 09:14:51 AM
Tour of NLEX.

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on October 04, 2021, 04:30:59 PM
A tour in Bulacan.

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on October 05, 2021, 11:15:13 PM
Calax Update.

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on October 10, 2021, 03:19:02 PM
https://www.bworldonline.com/cebu-cordova-bridge-linked/
The Cebu Bridge is almost complete.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on October 18, 2021, 08:31:43 AM

Update on the skyway.


Metro Cebu Expressway Construction update


Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on October 28, 2021, 01:00:19 AM
Central Luzon Expressway update.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on October 30, 2021, 10:44:43 PM
Update on the Skyway.

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on November 09, 2021, 12:05:13 PM

Apalit Bypass.


Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on November 14, 2021, 10:43:00 PM
Here is an update on the Calax Construction.

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on November 14, 2021, 10:44:08 PM
Here is more on the Cebu Bridge and that is about to open given the current status.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on December 10, 2021, 02:47:22 PM
Skyway Extension southbound from Hillsborough to Susana Heights has been opened, allowing drivers heading from Manila/Makati and points north to Laguna and Batangas to bypass the congested Alabang Viaduct portion of SLEX:

https://www.facebook.com/pinoyjoyride/videos/664000217959546/?t=15
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on December 16, 2021, 06:23:39 PM
https://mb.com.ph/2021/12/11/entire-structure-of-cclex-finally-completed/


The New Cebu-Cordova Bridge is completed. Here is more shots of the CALAX Expressway.




Here
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on December 17, 2021, 09:52:44 AM
https://ph.news.yahoo.com/lapu-lapu-p24-8b-skyway-142800879.html

A new expressway is being proposed here called Lapu Lapu skyway in the Cebu area.
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on January 18, 2022, 10:17:42 AM
Here is an update on the Cebu Expressway.

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on January 19, 2022, 10:40:14 AM

Calax Update.

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on January 28, 2022, 12:53:25 AM

Another tour of the Skyway.


Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on February 03, 2022, 11:47:35 AM
Here is a current status on Metro Cebu Expressway

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on March 01, 2022, 09:57:39 AM
The ramp from Skyway northbound to Sgt. Rivera westbound (heading to 5th Avenue in Caloocan) has opened.  Footage from before the opening:

Construction work for the flyover from Skyway northbound to Quirino Avenue westbound in Manila is ongoing

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More carriageway/viaduct of NLEX Connector has been built from Caloocan to Tondo

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A recent walk through the Balintawak neighborhood of Quezon City, which actually leads to some interesting on-the-ground footage of the 1970s-era Y interchange of NLEX and Quirino Highway (the Old Novaliches Flyover and Camachile Flyover)
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on March 12, 2022, 04:58:45 PM

Here is an update on the Cebu Causeway.


Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on April 04, 2022, 11:29:17 PM
Update on Calax.

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on April 05, 2022, 10:31:15 AM
Binondo Bridge now open.

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on April 20, 2022, 01:55:18 PM
Here are some road updates for Philippines.

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: bing101 on April 28, 2022, 12:31:53 AM
Now open the CCLEX Bridge in Cebu.

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on May 09, 2022, 10:25:32 PM
Been in the Philippines for the last 35 days  on vacation and been able to travel multiple expressways by car:

SLEX
Skyway
CALAX (currently open portion)
CAVITEX (briefly)
NLEX
SCTEX (in its entirety!)
CLLEX (currently open portion)

Posting some of the shots I and my friends were able to capture during these travels:

Buendia Avenue northbound onramp for Skyway Stage 3, Makati
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51996521205_a87aadbd8f_5k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ndKLdV)_DSC0127 (https://flic.kr/p/2ndKLdV) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

Flyover ramp construction at Quirino Avenue and Osmena Highway, Manila.  The ramp in this photo will eventually connect northbound Quirino Avenue coming from Malate to northbound Skyway Stage 3.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52000151667_a528a3730f_5k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ne5nr6)_DSC9715 (https://flic.kr/p/2ne5nr6) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

Pandacan and San Juan River sections of Skyway Stage 3, as seen from Torre de Manila building in Ermita.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51996310014_59ce732a43_5k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ndJFrG)_DSC9673r (https://flic.kr/p/2ndJFrG) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr




Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on May 09, 2022, 10:46:47 PM
CLLEX overpass in Aliaga, Nueva Ecija (current east terminus of the expressway)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51996678540_5543b30fcf_5k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ndLyZA)_DSC0303 (https://flic.kr/p/2ndLyZA) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

CLLEX westbound onramp in Aliaga
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51996143376_0413ea564e_5k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ndHPUC)_DSC0304 (https://flic.kr/p/2ndHPUC) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

Southbound onramp from NLEX to Skyway in Libis Baesa, Caloocan.  Note the girders for the future extension of Skyway going north from Caloocan to the planned New Manila International Airport in Bulakan

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52001739635_4c6850c2f6_5k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2nedvtR)_DSC0596 (https://flic.kr/p/2nedvtR) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

Quezon Avenue left exit sign (on right side of road) along southbound Skyway, San Francisco Del Monte, Quezon City. 
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52001268563_e46cd29919_5k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2neb6rV)_DSC0615 (https://flic.kr/p/2neb6rV) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on May 09, 2022, 10:57:07 PM
Sign gantry for the southbound Quirino Avenue/Nagtahan exit complex off Skyway south.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52001737160_eaecdd523a_5k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2neduKb)_DSC0629 (https://flic.kr/p/2neduKb) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

Signage for the recently opened Sgt. Rivera exit in Quezon City, off northbound Skyway
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52024217061_5e8e915546_5k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ngcHeF)_DSC2410 (https://flic.kr/p/2ngcHeF) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

A. Bonifacio offramp from northbound Skyway, Balintawak, Quezon City
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52024729950_2a7ea9066e_5k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ngfkGA)_DSC2414 (https://flic.kr/p/2ngfkGA) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on May 09, 2022, 11:01:11 PM
Signage pointing towards the southbound Skyway Extension/Alabang spur split:
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52038164193_334a0a2c37_3k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2nhrcet)_DSC2890c (https://flic.kr/p/2nhrcet) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52038163803_5201627b3a_3k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2nhrc7K)_DSC2893c (https://flic.kr/p/2nhrc7K) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52038360264_8441d219dd_5k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2nhscw1)_DSC2897e (https://flic.kr/p/2nhscw1) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

Southbound ramp from Skyway Extension to SLEX in Susana Heights, Muntinlupa
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52038361049_2a355255e8_5k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2nhscKx)_DSC2902e (https://flic.kr/p/2nhscKx) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on May 09, 2022, 11:08:18 PM
1970s sign pointing towards "Manila South Diversion Road", the old name for SLEX/Osmena Highway.  On Buendia Avenue (Gil Puyat Avenue) westbound in Makati
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52047105949_06e1309f7e_5k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2nie2iF)_DSC3543e (https://flic.kr/p/2nie2iF) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

Double deck section of Skyway Stage 3 in Pandacan, Manila
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52058063727_671c49b51a_5k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2njcbET)_DSC4605e (https://flic.kr/p/2njcbET) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

Balintawak portion of Skyway Stage 3
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52059338204_31ad50651e_5k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2njiHwC)_DSC4626 (https://flic.kr/p/2njiHwC) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

Nagtahan Next Exit sign from Skyway northbound
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52059074296_8bdf910688_3k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2njhn5u)_DSC4566c (https://flic.kr/p/2njhn5u) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

Skyway onramp guide sign along G. Araneta Avenue in Quezon City
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52059107513_d1e940fbb2_3k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2njhwXc)_DSC4571c (https://flic.kr/p/2njhwXc) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Philippine expressway system
Post by: TheStranger on May 09, 2022, 11:12:32 PM
Jersey barriers installed on a short stretch of CLLEX eastbound
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52058087532_f6ef57db11_5k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2njciKj)_DSC4662 (https://flic.kr/p/2njciKj) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

Westbound on CLLEX just past Aliaga onramp
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52061985819_8428b8e1f6_5k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2njxhza)_DSC4774 (https://flic.kr/p/2njxhza) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr

Girder for NLEX Connector at Espana Boulevard, Sampaloc, Manila
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52063289644_b9f21288f5_5k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2njDY9U)_DSC4820 (https://flic.kr/p/2njDY9U) by Chris Sampang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/csampang/), on Flickr