Southern Luzon toll road operators Skyway O&M Corporation (SOMCO), Manila Toll Expressway System Inc. (MATES) and Star Tollway Corporation (STC) will implement Oplan Ligtas Biyahe: Undas 2015 from October 30 to November 2.
The said program is a joint traffic and safety operations of the Toll Regulatory Board and the country's toll road operators.
According to SOMCO, MATES and STC, the volume of traffic is expected to peak starting October 30 (Friday) when motorists troop to the expressways to go to provinces until November 2 (Monday) on the return trip to Metro Manila.
Under the Oplan Ligtas Biyahe: Undas 2015, SOMCO, MATES and STC will deploy additional ambulant tellers and install temporary toll booths at toll plazas (TP) where an increased number of vehicles are expected to pass.
At Skyway System at-grade section, identified heavy traffic toll plazas are C5, Sucat exit northbound (NB) and southbound (SB), Alabang Exit SB; at the elevated section, these are the Skyway Main plaza, on-ramp and NB entry, Dr. Santos exit and off-ramp.
At the SLEX, traffic congestion is expected at Alabang Viaduct NB and toll plazas of Carmona NB-SB exit, Mamplasan exit SB, Sta Rosa NB-SB exit, Calamba A & B and Ayala A, SB-NB exit.
On the other hand, at Star Tollway, traffic is expected to be heavy at the Sto Tomas entry-exit, Lipa-Tambo exit SB and Balagtas exit.
In this regard, additional traffic enforcers, patrollers, emergency and medical service crews will be deployed at the identified toll plazas and accident-prone areas to facilitate traffic, guide and assist motorist and attend to unusual road incidents.
Furthermore, the traffic and road safety monitoring teams will be deployed at the strategic areas of the expressways for the duration of Oplan Ligtas Biyahe: Undas 2015 to respond to any emergency situation and implement traffic counterflow when needed.
More importantly, the South Tollway operators are encouraging motorists to plan their trip early beforehand to avoid the traffic rush and delays. South Tollway operators added that motorists should check their vehicles’ cooling system, brakes, tires, oil and fuel to prevent breakdown on the road; and to observe all tollway traffic rules and regulations, especially the speed limit rule.