Soon, Metro Manila will be (mostly) traffic-free as people head to the province or out of the country in observance of this year’s Allhallowtide, more commonly known as Undas. Those staying in Manila will get to enjoy the mostly empty streets. However, the same can’t be said about those planning to drive to the province.
In order to smoothen the flow of traffic on the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), Skyway, NAIAX, and STAR Tollway, the management of SMC Tollways implemented “Oplan Undas 2019” last October 25. According to Manuel Bonoan, president of Skyway, SLEX and STAR Tollway, operations and traffic operatives for the Skyway System, NAIA Expressway (NAIAX), South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and Star Tollway are already prepared to respond to the 10% to 12% expected increase in traffic volume.
Heavy traffic is expected from October 30 to November 5 on the Skyway, SLEX, NAIAX, and STAR Tollway. As such, various traffic measures will be implemented in order to improve traffic during Undas. These include counterflow and a Stop and Go scheme in certain areas of the expressway. SMC Tollways will also be deploying additional motorcycle riders, patrollers, traffic enforcers and emergency crews in heavy traffic locations. More tow trucks will be deployed in strategic locations to quickly rescue broken down vehicles. Temporary toll booths, additional toll tellers, and mobile RFID tellers will be deployed as well. Management will also open additional entry and exit lanes when necessary.
Considering the immense traffic gridlock the Skyway extension project has caused, SMC Tollways will surely have their hands full this Undas 2019.
Motorist Assistance Stations, in cooperation with Petron’s Lakbay Alalay, will be put up in various service stations along the Skyway, SLEX and STAR Toll. Motorists are also advised to take note of the following numbers for 24/7 emergency assistance and traffic updates: Customer Service Hotline Nos. (02) 5318-TOLL (8655); Skyway: Globe 0917-539-8762, Smart 0999-886-0893 and Sun 0932-8546-980.