Ever since Skyway Stage 3 was opened to the public last December, motorists that needed to get to and from NLEX and SLEX, and vice versa, no longer had to pass through EDSA or C-5. At the same time, it drastically shortened travel time for those that need to get around Metro Manila. The result? Less traffic in the capital.

Very soon, however, motorists traveling along SLEX from Susana Heights and further south will be able to get access Skyway easier and faster.

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) president Ramon S. Ang recently announced that the northbound section of the Skyway Extension Project is already complete. With it, asphalt-laying is set to be finished by the end of this month.

“I’m happy to announce that soon, we can open the northbound section of the Skyway Extension for our motorists coming from the south. This almost four-kilometer, three-lane expansion will have an additional capacity of 4,500 vehicles per hour, significantly easing congestion and allowing motorists to bypass the Alabang viaduct,” said Ang.

Once open, motorists coming from either SLEX or MCX can enter the new ramp at Susana Heights, and directly go to Makati, Manila, Skyway 3, Quezon City, and all the way to NLEX.

“You can be at NLEX in 25-30 minutes instead of two to three hours, and bypass the usual traffic chokepoints such as Alabang, Magallanes, EDSA. This will be a big relief to so many motorists and will do a lot to ease traffic in southern Metro Manila, including on public roads leading to SLEX and Skyway,” added Ang.

Originally, the project was supposed to be completed as early as December 2020. However, work on the project was delayed due to work limitations brought about by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) that was implemented last year. There was also the matter of a girder accident that killed one individual, injured four others, and damaged several vehicles last November 2020.

As for the southbound section of the Skyway Extension Project, it is now 52.31% complete. It is expected to be completed by July this year.

With the construction of the northbound section complete, it will only be a matter of time before SMC opens the new section of elevated tollroad to the public. Fingers crossed we won't have to wait long.