San Miguel Corporation (SMC) will soon be implementing a new traffic scheme along Skyway in order to help mitigate congestion due to the closure of one southbound lane. Starting February 16, 2020, only Class 1 vehicles will be allowed to use elevated expressway. This means only private vehicles such as cars, SUVs, vans, pickup trucks and the like will be allowed entry. Meanwhile, Class 2 and Class 3 vehicles such as buses and delivery vans will need to use the at-grade section.

The company says that the new scheme will help smoothen traffic flow on the Skyway even as construction of the Southbound extension takes place.

Under the new scheme, buses, delivery vans and trucks should take note of the following routes. Buses and delivery vans coming from Makati, Manila, and Pasay bound for Alabang must take the Nichols southbound entry toll plaza to the at-grade Skyway. Buses and delivery vans from NAIA Expressway bound for Alabang must take Andrews Avenue going to Sales Road, then take Nichols southbound entry toll plaza to the at-grade Skyway.

Lastly, Buses and delivery vans from NAIA Expressway can also take the Magallanes northbound off-ramp, make a U-turn under the Magallanes interchange, then head to the Nichols southbound entry toll plaza to the at-grade Skyway.

“Yet again, we are asking for our motorists’ patience and support. We want to do everything to make traffic more manageable. Your cooperation and observance of traffic rules and the new traffic schemes will be very critical. Traffic in Alabang has been a problem for all of us for many, many years. Today, we have a long-term solution. Let’s all work together to make it happen,” SMC president Ramon S. Ang said.

Once complete, the Skyway will be extended and connect to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) near the Susana Heights exit and the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway (MCX). It involves the construction of a three-lane elevated north-bound section and a two-lane elevated southbound section. The extension will also make it easier for motorists to travel to and from Metro Manila and the south.