It looks like the horrendous traffic condition at the northbound lane of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) may finally improve just before the holidays.
After months of being the bane to motorists living south of the metro, the new temporary Alabang Viaduct-Skyway Ramp has officially been opened to the public. With it, vehicles coming from the Alabang Viaduct or further can now go directly to Skyway directly via the new on-ramp. Moreover, the third lane of the Skyway at-grade has been reopened as well.
The temporary access ramp was opened yesterday by officials from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Transportation (DOTr), City of Muntinlupa, as well as from the San Miguel Corporation (SMC). These included SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, DOTr Secretary Arthur 'Art' Tugade, and Muntinlupa City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi.
Traffic congestion in the area is seen to improve around the area, as well as along the northbound lane with the reopening of the third lane of the Skyway at-grade. Originally there was no exact date as to when the project will be finished. But given that motorists were none too please with the construction causing traffic everyday, the government arrived at an agreement with SMC for an accelerated time of completion, resulting in the December 1, 2019 date of opening.
The construction of the Alabang-Viaduct-Skyway ramp caused heavy traffic congestion for Manila-bound motorists coming from the south. From September 2019 up until its recent opening, drivers and commuters sometimes had to endure traffic buildup as far as Sta. Rosa, Laguna. This caused an uproar amongst travelers, as well as earning the ire of the Toll Regulatory Board who actually seeked to fine / lower the toll fees imposed by SLEX.
Aside from that, both SLEX and STAR Tollway had to readjust their truck ban hours in order to alleviate the heavy traffic buildup. However, there is no word yet if the new truck window hours will still be implemented given that the temporary ramp has now been opened to light vehicles.
With the holiday rush drawing nearer, the opening of the new access ramp towards Skyway, as well as the reopening of the third lane of the Skyway-at grade means that faster travel time could now be possible along northbound lane once more. Let's just hope that the new Skyway ramp will have the capacity to serve a large number of motorists heading towards Metro Manila.