Skyway Extension Project Almost Complete
The structure of the northbound section of the Skyway Extension project is already 70 per cent complete and will be finished by year’s end. This was revealed by San Miguel Corporation (SMC) president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang, who said, “We are on track to deliver the northbound section of the Skyway Extension project by December, and with this, motorists from the south can easily access Makati, Manila, San Juan, Quezon City, and the North Luzon Expressway.”
The project which costs P10 billion will traverse from Susana Heights on the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) to Sucat and back, and give access to the elevated section of the Skyway. This will also connect the Muntinlupa Cavite Expressway (MCX) to the SLEX at Susana Heights, bypassing Alabang to make travel time shorter, especially those coming from Batangas, Cavite and Laguna.
“Under normal Metro Manila conditions, you will be lucky if you can get from SLEX to the North Luzon Expressway in under three hours. You would have to pass through traffic gridlocks in Alabang, Magallanes, practically the whole of EDSA, or various areas through Manila. With the Skyway Extension and the completed Skyway 3, you can get there in 30 minutes without stopping,” Ang said.
Before, from five expressways at the SLEX, the lanes would narrow down to three, causing a buildup not only on the expressway but on the roads leading to Las Pinas and Muntinlupa. With this new development, the expressway now adds three more lanes northbound and two more southbound.
However, the project has been delayed by COVID-19.
“Work had to stop when the lockdown was implemented. We resumed work in mid-June and because of health protocols, we had to limit the number of workers at the site. Apart from limitations on the workforce, we have also had to contend with delays in the shipment of materials, due to restrictions and limitations brought on by the pandemic,” Ang said. “But despite these challenges, our engineers and our contractors have come through. They work double-time, so we can deliver the northbound section as scheduled, by December. The southbound section will follow July next year,” he added.
Ang says that workers are now installing steel grinders to support the expressway and laying of precast slabs.
“After this, we only need to cement the gaps between slabs, and then apply asphalt. While the weather is also a factor, especially when doing finishing work, we don’t see any problems meeting our December deadline for the northbound section,” Ang said.
Aside from the Expressway, SMC is also working on the reconfiguration of Skyway 1 and 2.