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Northbound Skyway extension structure complete, asphalt laying starts

  • The northbound section of the Skyway Extension project is now structurally complete, with asphalt-laying set to be done by month’s end
  • The four-kilometer, three-lane expansion will have an additional capacity of 4,500 vehicles per hour and allow motorists to bypass the Alabang viaduct
  • Motorists from South Luzon Expressway or Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway can go up the ramp at Susana Heights and directly go to Makati, Manila, Skyway Stage 3, all the way to Quezon City and North Luzon Expressway
  • The southbound section is 52.31% done, with target completion set for July this year

The northbound section of the Skyway Extension project is now structurally complete, with asphalt-laying set to be done by end of this month, according to concessionaire San Miguel Corp. (SMC).

“I’m happy to announce that soon, we can open the northbound section of the Skyway Extension for our motorists coming from the south,” SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang said in a statement.

READ: Alabang-Sucat Skyway Extension northbound to open in Q2

Ang said the 3.9-kilometer (km), 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.

Those coming from South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) or Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway (MCX) can go up the ramp at Susana Heights, and go directly to Makati, Manila, Skyway Stage 3, all the way to Quezon City and North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), Ang said.

“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,” Ang he added.

The Skyway Extension project, conceptualized and fully funded by SMC, started in late 2019. The northbound section stretches 3.99 km from Susana Heights to Sucat. It is seen to decongest SLEX and Skyway at-grade traffic by diverting motorists straight to the elevated Skyway.

Originally set for completion in December 2020, the project was affected by delays and work limitations due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the implementation of community quarantines starting the middle of March last year.

Meanwhile, the project’s southbound section, which spans 3.8 km, is already 52.31% done, with target completion set for July this year.

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