The Skyway Stage 3 will remain open after 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16, despite an earlier announcement it will be closed indefinitely starting from the said time and date.
This was confirmed by San Miguel president Ramon Ang in a text message.
“Yes, I have just talk[ed] to [Transportation] Sec. [Arthur] Tugade. He will take care of TRB (Toll Regulatory Board),” Ang told GMA News Online.
San Miguel Corp. is the concession holder of Metro Manila Skyway through San Miguel Infrastructure.
The San Miguel chief was sought to clarify the earlier announcement that the 18-kilometer elevated toll road will be closed indefinitely starting March 16 at 5 p.m. after the TRB denied it issued a directive ordering the indefinite closure of Skyway Stage 3.
This is to inform the public that the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) DID NOT ISSUE a decision or directive ordering the indefinite closure of the Skyway Stage 3 starting 5 p.m. of 16 March 2021," the Department of Transportation said.
"The Toll Regulatory Board DID NOT ISSUE a decision or directive ordering the indefinite closure of the Skyway Stage 3," it added.
The 18-kilometer seven-lane Skyway Stage 3 Elevated Expressway was fully opened to motorists on January 15, after a soft opening in December 2020.
No toll fees have been collected, as San Miguel Corp. president and COO Ramon Ang said the company would keep the Skyway Stage 3 toll-free for as long as it can afford to do so.
Motorists are still using Skyway 3 for free because the TRB has yet to approve the proposed toll rates for the elevated expressway. —KG, GMA News