Traffic is already the norm in and around the Metro’s roads. More specifically, the jams along SLEX and Skyway have drawn the ire of those who take the roads on a daily basis. From one-way traffic schemes to more radical suggestions (that fortunately did not see implementation), ideas just keep coming in order to alleviate the daily commuters’ plight.
Efforts being mentioned, toll authorities have just come up with another one: SLEX and STAR Tollway will be imposing window hours for trucks going to Manila starting this coming Monday, October 14, 2019.
The Skyway Operations and Maintenance Corporation announced that Manila-bound trucks would be limited to midday trips via the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). They further stated that trucks can only pass through the SLEX between 9:30AM to 4:00PM, and between 9:30PM to 4:00AM. For those taking STAR Tollway, trucks may pass from 8:30AM to 3:30PM, and between 8:00PM to 3:00AM.
The said rules will not apply to trucks heading out of Manila, nor to those coming from Laguna. They will only apply to trucks travelling beyond Laguna and into Metro Manila.
"Kung kayo ay mga truck galing sa Batangas, papapasukin lang namin ng mga 8:30 in the morning hanggang 3:30 in the afternoon para sa ganoon, hindi na sila makipaghalo sa peak hour period natin dito sa Alabang Viaduct (For trucks coming from Batangas, we will only let you in the SLEX starting 8:30 in the morning until 3:30 in the afternoon so that they won't reach the peak hour period at the Alabang Viaduct. What we observed is what exacerbates traffic during peak hours is the presence of many heavy vehicles on the road during peak hours.)," Manuel Bonoan, President of the SOMCO was quoted telling reporters.
This plan is meant to give more space for construction of a portion of the extended Skyway ramp which connects the toll roads to Susana Heights in Muntinlupa; this project is expected to be completed by end of November. Bonoan assured the people that construction is being as fast as possible to avoid even more traffic that is expected during the Christmas holiday rush.
Construction along the southbound side, on the other hand, will begin in December or January of next year. Bonoan has appealed to motorists for their extended patience while assuring that all the construction projects will “definitely mitigate” Manila-bound traffic. The entire project is expected to finish by the end of 2020.
Source: CNN Philippines