TRB did not issue directive to close Skyway Stage 3

Published March 16, 2021, 10:34 AM

by Inigo Roces

Metro Manila Skyway Stage-3

The Skyway Stage 3 will not be closing after all. In an official statement released this morning, March 16, 2021, the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) said it “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 position of the TRB and its management is to keep Skyway Stage 3 OPEN for the benefit of all motorists.”

“The TRB is composed of the Department of Transportation, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Finance, National Economic Development Authority, and a representative from the private sector.”

Late last night, Skyway SOMCO (Skyway Operations and Management Corporation), through its official Twitter account, announced that the Skyway Stage 3 will be closed indefinitely starting March 16, due to a directive from the TRB. Skyway said it will reopen once all ramps are complete, but was not able to provide a date.

Opened to the public by San Miguel Corporation (SMC) Infrastructure in late December, no toll was charged as it has not been completed yet. In January, SMC Infrastructure said no toll would be charged for a month. However, the Toll Regulatory Board said the use of Skyway Stage 3 will remain free of charge until all the ramps have been built and the tollway’s full alignment completion has surpassed the 95% mark.