Commuter’s travel time from Taguig to Batasan Complex will be reduced to at least half an hour once the South East Metro Manila Expressway Project (SEMME) has been completed.
Last January 8, 2018, the Department of Transportation – Toll Regulatory Board (DOTr-TRB), in partnership with the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) led the groundbreaking of SEMME at C-5 service road, Taguig City. DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, BCDA President & CEO Vince Dizon, Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano, and other local government unit officials were also resent at the ground breaking ceremony.
“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.
As the first phase of the Metro Manila C-6 Expressway Project, SEMME will cost around Php45 billion which will start its construction this year and is expected to be completed by year 2020.
The 34 kilometer expressway will link Skyway Stage 1 in FTI, Taguig City to Batasan Complex in Quezon City. It will also connect to North Luzon Expressway via Balagtas, Bulacan. It will have 6 lanes both for elevated and at-grade sections.
“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.
The second phase of the C-6 project will involve a 4.28-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.