Several weeks ago, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) announced that motorists could soon enter Skyway from Susana Heights in SLEX, and now that statement is a reality: the northbound lanes of the 4-kilometer Skyway Extension are now open to the public.
Present during the inspection and opening ceremony was SMC president Ramon S. Ang and DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways) Secretary Mark Villar who says that this will further help decongest EDSA by 2022.
“The completion of the northbound section of Skyway Extension is testament to what the government and the private sector can achieve together. We are confident that by 2022, President Duterte's promise of decongesting EDSA will come into fruition,” said Villar.
Ang said that this project would not be possible without the help of the DPWH and the government.
“I am proud to announce to motorists from the south that finally, our long-awaited Skyway Extension northbound section is finally open. Our long-term solution to addressing traffic particularly on SLEX heading to the Alabang area has finally been realized. This would not have been possible without the support of our government, led by President Duterte and the Build Build Build team, who have helped us in so many ways to complete this project,” said Ang.
With the northbound extension now open, Ang says that it will link the Skyway System for motorists from Laguna, Batangas, and Cavite. More importantly, it will allow motorists to bypass the Alabang viaduct, further reducing congestion in the area.
But how much will the toll fee be? Like Skyway Stage 3, Ang said the use of the 4-kilometer segment is free of charge until further notice.
“We are confident that this will further reduce congestion along EDSA and usher growth to provinces in Southern Luzon and beyond,” added Ang.
With the new expressway, travel time between SLEX and NLEX is down to just 25 to 30 minutes, per the government's estimates. Ang said motorists could get to their destinations faster and easier. Only two of the three lanes of the northbound extension are open to the public for now. Once all three lanes are operational, the northbound section will allow the additional capacity of 4,500 vehicles per hour.
The newly-opened Northbound Skyway Extension runs from Susana Heights in SLEX, all the way to Sucat in Paranaque. Only Class 1 vehicles with RFID are available to enter.