Motorists coming from the south of Metro Manila can soon head towards Skyway northbound faster and easier. Ramon S. Ang, president, and chief operating officer of San Miguel Corporation (SMC), announced that the Skyway Extension Project is now 70% complete and is on schedule to be finished by the end of the year.
“We are on track to deliver the northbound section of the Skyway Extension project by December, and with this, motorists from the south can easily access Makati, Manila, San Juan, Quezon City, and the North Luzon Expressway,” said Ang.
The PhP 10 billion extension project will extend the Skyway from Susana Heights on SLEX all the way to Sucat and back. This will provide a direct access route between the expressway, as well as Skyway. The Skyway extension will also connect with the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway (MCX) allowing motorists to bypass Alabang.
Combined with the recent completion of Skyway Stage 3, Ang claimed that once the extension project is fully completed, it will greatly cut travel time for those heading northbound or southbound.
“Under normal Metro Manila conditions, you will be lucky if you can get from SLEX to the North Luzon Expressway in under three hours. You would have to pass through traffic gridlocks in Alabang, Magallanes, practically the whole of EDSA, or various areas through Manila. With the Skyway Extension and the completed Skyway 3, you can get there in 30 minutes without stopping,” added Ang.
The project was originally set to be completed by the end of this year. But due to the pandemic halting construction, work on the extension project was delayed. But when work resumed last June, the engineers and contractors worked double-time in order to meet the December deadline for the northbound direction. Meanwhile, the southbound direction will be open to traffic in July of 2021.
“After this, we only need to cement the gaps between slabs, and then apply asphalt. While the weather is also a factor, especially when doing finishing work, we don’t see any problems meeting our December deadline for the northbound section,” said Ang.
With SMC working double time in order to finish the northbound direction of the Skyway Extension project, those coming from Southern Tagalog can soon go directly to Makati, Manila, Quezon City, and as far as NLEX.