DOTr ground­breaks South East MM Ex­press­way Pro­ject

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Travel time from Taguig to Batasan Com­plex in Que­zon City will re­duce to at least half an hour once the South East Metro Manila Ex­press­way Pro­ject (SEMME) pro­ject is com­pleted.

This, as the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion (DOTr), in part­ner­ship with the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways (DPWH) and the Bases Con­ver­sion and De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (BCDA), led the ground­break­ing Monday of the ex­press­way pro­ject at the C-5 Ser­vice Road in Taguig.

SEMME is a 34-kilo­me­ter ex­press­way link­ing the ex­ist­ing Sky­way Stage 1 in FTI, Taguig City to Batasan Com­plex in Que­zon City. It will even­tu­ally con­nect to the North Lu­zon Ex­press­way via Balag­tas, Bu­la­can.

“When com­pleted, travel time of mo­torists from Bi­cu­tan, Taguig to Batasan, Que­zon City will be re­duced to only 35 min­utes,” the DOTr said in a state­ment Monday.

SEMME, which is part of the Metro Manila C-6 Ex­press­way Pro­ject, will have six lanes for com­bined el­e­vated and at-grade ex­press­way with two di­rec­tional traf­fic flow.

“Aside from de­con­gest­ing roads in Manila and Que­zon City, par­tic­u­larly ma­jor road net­works such as EDSA, C-5, Or­ti­gas Av­enue and its ex­ten­sion, SEMME shall like­wise pro­vide com­muters and mo­torists fast and direct ac­cess by South and South­east as well as Metro Manila in­ter-city trav­el­ers to ma­jor in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic air­ports,” the DOTr said.

SEMME which is the first phase of the Metro Manila C-6 Ex­press­way Pro­ject will cost around PHP45 bil­lion and will start its con­struc­tion this year. It is ex­pected to be com­pleted by 2020.

The pro­ject is be­ing op­er­ated by Ci­tra In­ter­city Toll­ways Inc. (CITI) of San Miguel Cor­po­ra­tion (SMC) as con­ces­sion­aire with its con­ces­sion pe­riod last­ing for 30 years from is­suance of the toll op­er­a­tion cer­tifi­cate.

The C-6 ex­press­way pro­ject will have its sec­ond phase in­volv­ing a 24.28-kilo­me­ter ex­press­way from San Ma­teo, Rizal to San Jose del Monte, Bu­la­can and third phase which en­tails a 22-kilo­me­ter toll­way from San Jose del Monte to Mey­cauyan and Mar­i­lao, Bu­la­can.

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