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SMC mulls SLEX, Skyway, NAIAex, STAR toll roads expansion

SMC mulls SLEX, Skyway, NAIAex, STAR toll roads expansion image

Eric Tipan / Brent Co | November 03, 2017 10:46

Expansion projects await approval from Toll Regulatory Board

As good as highways leading to the south of the capital are at the moment, often times it is still unable to cope with the vehicular volume brought about by the exponential growth of the automotive industry.

Well just when you feel like the status quo will never change, news comes out that developments have been laid out for the development various expressways south of Metro Manila.

San Miguel Holdings Corporation (the infrastructure arm San Miguel Corporation), which signed a Php 554-billion deal with the government in April 2017 for the expansion of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), NAIA Expressway (NAIAex), Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) and the Skyway, has submitted studied necessary for the project to the Toll Regulatory Board.

“All technical studies for the expansion of all our southern Metro Manila toll roads are now complete and ready for construction. We’re just waiting to get final approval for each of these projects from the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB),” said San Miguel Corporation (SMC) president and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang.

In the plans, SLEX will get a fifth lane on each direction and the first phase covers Alabang to Susana Heights estimated to cost Php 130 million.

The Skyway part from Alabang to Sucat will be widened to two lanes that will extend until the Alabang viaduct.

NAIAex will be extened to Bonifacio Global City (BGC) and the Skyway will be given an exit ramp heading towards BGC and C-5.

“All these projects are ready for implementation. These are all just improvements/extensions of existing expressways, so we are hoping that the TRB can review and act on our submissions at the soonest possible time,” added Ang.

After completion, which is estimated to be by 2021, these improvements are expected to relieve congestion in Alabang, Sucat and Bicutan areas along with roads leading to and from the airport including Magallanes and EDSA.

“We’re committed to finishing these on schedule, and we are confident that these projects will greatly improve the traffic situation in Metro Manila which our countrymen have had to endure for many, many years,” said Ang.