After being halted for two months due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), the Skyway Extension Project will resume construction.
This comes after San Miguel Corporation (SMC) announced that they will be officially restarting today, May 15, 2020, following the issuance of guidelines provided by the government's Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF)
Originally set to be completed in December 2020, the company stated that they have yet to determine a new completion date, given that only a limited number of workers can be deployed by contractor EEI Corporation as part of the quarantine measures. However, SMC mentioned that the resumption of work means they will be able to partially mitigate the delay in finishing the project.
“We have been given the go-signal by the government to resume work on the Skyway extension, and while we cannot yet go full blast, we will do whatever we can to deliver this project as close as we can to the original deadline. We have to work smart, be efficient, and most of all, keep the workers safe,” said Ramon S. Ang, president and Chief Operating Officer of SMC.
For one month, Skyway management said that they will close around 700-meters of the Lane 3 of the Skyway At-Grade along the northbound direction from the Alabang Entry Plaza. This is to enable the workers to put up scaffolding to build the columns for piers 34 – 49.
SMC assured that all of the workers will follow basic rules of social distancing and will have face masks and gloves while working. There will also be sanitation and disinfecting facilities in order to ensure that everyone maintains proper hygiene and cleanliness. In addition, workers will be provided with on-site lodging facilities.
Ever since September of last year, the Skyway Extension Project has been the bane of motorists coming from south of Metro Manila. At times, traffic can get so bad that vehicles along the northbound lane of SLEX can get backed up as far as Santa Rosa, Laguna. Traffic congestion has been alleviated, however, when work on the Alabang-Skyway Viaduct ramp was completed. With it, vehicles coming from the Alabang Viaduct or further south can now go directly to Skyway via the new on-ramp.
With SMC now busy working on both the northbound and southbound lanes of the Skyway Extension Project once more, SMC is once again asking for patience and understanding from motorists that might be affected by the resumption of construction. And since there is no exact date as to when the project will be completed, SMC has its work cut out for them.