The San Miguel Corporation (SMC) led Citra Intercity Tollways Corporation (CITTI), along with the Department of Transportation (DOTr), and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) led the groundbreaking ceremony marking the beginning of the construction of Phase 1 of the C-6 Expressway. When completed, the C-6 will allow travelers to cross from the Batasan Complex in Quezon City, to the Fort Bonifacio Global City in Taguig in less than 35 minutes.
Also known as the South East Metro Manila Expressway (SEMME), the C-6 will be 34 kilometers long and will be comprised of two 3-lane elevated and at-grade roadways. The SMC owned CITTI was granted a concessionaire contract from the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) and will operate the expressway through the SMC owned Metro O&M Corporation for 30 years upon its targeted completion in 2020.
Construction starts next week and the C-6 will travel from Taguig to Ortigas Avenue Extension, to Marcos Highway, to Tumana Bridge, and then on to the Batasan Complex. The DPWH is expecting right-of-way issues that will affect thousands who will have to be relocated, but the DPWH is confident that these issues will not hamper the project which should serve to decongest major road networks such as the C-5, EDSA and Ortigas Avenue.
The C-6 Expressway is estimated to cost PhP 45 Billion pesos. Phase 2 of the project will link the Expressway to San Mateo, Rizal and to San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.
** *Photo courtesy of www.dpwh.gov.ph