SAN MIGUEL Corp. (SMC) on Wednesday said the northbound section of the Skyway Extension project is “structurally” complete.
“I’m happy to announce that soon, we can open the northbound section of the Skyway Extension for our motorists coming from the south,” SMC President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon S. Ang said in an e-mailed statement.
He said the nearly four-kilometer, three-lane expansion will have an additional capacity of 4,500 vehicles per hour, which should ease congestion and allow motorists to bypass the Alabang viaduct.
“Those coming from SLEX (South Luzon Expressway) or MCX (Muntinlupa–Cavite Expressway) can go up the ramp at Susana Heights, and directly go to Makati, Manila, Skyway 3, all the way to Quezon City and North Luzon Expressway,” Mr. Ang added.
He noted that motorists should be able to reach NLEX (North Luzon Expressway) in 25 to 30 minutes instead of two to three hours. They can also “bypass the usual traffic chokepoints such as Alabang, Magallanes, and EDSA.”
The project aims to extend the Skyway from Susana Heights on SLEX to Sucat and back and provide direct access to the elevated section of the Skyway. Construction of the four-kilometer elevated viaduct started in June 2019.
SMC said the project’s 3.8-kilometer southbound section is now 52.31% finished. Full completion is expected in July this year.
“We would not be where we are today, nearing the full completion and opening of this project, without the cooperation of our motorists, who have had to adjust to new traffic schemes, and the support of our stakeholders in government, as well as the private sector, which accommodated the necessary traffic rerouting schemes,” Mr. Ang said. — Arjay L. Balinbin