Traffic along SLEX and Skyway has been the bane of commuters for a long time now. The construction of the Skyway Extension has taken its toll on everyone’s daily journeys; but in a video shared by San Miguel Corporation, we get to look at the full extent of the project and how it will look once it is completed.
Due largely to the continued increase in the number of vehicles using the expressways, the project was set in motion to alleviate traffic jams. If nothing is done, traffic is expected to worsen as current vehicle volume of about one million cars increases every year, especially with the continued growth in residential developments and business locators in provinces south of Metro Manila.
The project, which will extend the Skyway all the way to Susana Heights/Muntinlupa Cavite Expressway (MCX), involves the construction of a three-lane, elevated northbound section and a two-lane, elevated southbound section that will run on either side of the South Luzon Expressway and connect to the existing Skyway.
The PhP 10 billion project is being undertaken to address the traffic on SLEX and in the Alabang area. Its construction will increase the Skyway’s capacity by 4,500 vehicles per hour along its northbound lanes, and 3,000 along the southbound lanes. This will give motorists from Cavite, Laguna, Batangas and other southern cities greater ease of travel to or from, Metro Manila.
After completion of the Skyway Extension, coming from south of Metro Manila will be able to take the Skyway and bypass the Alabang viaduct, even EDSA, and go directly to any destination accessible via Skyways 1, 2, and Stage 3, which is also set for full completion by next year. These include NAIA, Pasay, Makati, Quezon City, all the way to Balintawak and the North Luzon Expressway.
The Skyway O&M Corporation has assured the public that November may see an improvement in the buildups following road works – preliminary works are slated to be finished by this time ahead of the anticipated Christmas holiday rush. By that time, motorists will be able to use the third lane that is currently closed from ongoing construction.
If all goes to plan (and according to the video), this really is one of the better infrastructure projects that the government has lined up. Patience, does pay off, but until it is all completed and done, we’ll just have to wait a few more years before we get to reap its benefits.