For those living in the South, traveling northbound on the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) has been nothing short of hellish. Traffic has been particularly congested as part of the northbound lanes near the Alabang Viaduct have been closed to make way for the Skyway Expansion Project. This resulted in major traffic build-ups which sometimes even reaches the Susana Heights exit in Laguna, and even beyond.

Muntinlupa City was heavily affected by the expansion. In order to ease traffic in the city and along SLEX, the Muntinlupa City government will be implementing a one-way traffic scheme on the East Service Road. No specific date was given on when it will be implemented. The Muntinlupa Traffic Management Bureau only said that the one-way scheme will take effect on or before October 13.

The one-way traffic scheme was agreed upon last Monday in a meeting by city officials together with San Miguel Corporation Tollways, EEI, transport groups, and representatives from subdivisions and companies located along the East Service Road.

Only the East Service Road will implement the one-way traffic scheme. It won't affect the entire service road either as it will only be in effect starting from the Alabang Viaduct up until the Sucat Interchange. Meanwhile, the West Service Road and Baybayin Road will continue to remain a two-way road.

Hopefully, the one-way scheme along the East Service Road will help address the worsening traffic situation both in Muntinlupa and the South.

The Skyway extension project from Sucat to Soldier Hills, Muntinlupa is expected to be completed by December 2020. Once complete, the elevated toll road will extend all the way to Susana Heights.