SLEX traffic to return to ‘normal’

    (From left) Ang, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi  lead  the re-opening ceremonies of the third at-grade lane of the Skyway and inauguration of a new, two-lane steel ramp connecting the Alabang viaduct to the elevated Skyway.

    San Miguel Corp. (SMC) yesterday officially opened the new ramp and the third lane of the Skyway to ease traffic congestion on the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) while construction of the P10-billion Skyway extension project is ongoing.

    The  new two-lane steel ramp connecting the Alabang viaduct to the elevated Skyway will expand the northbound section of SLEX in Alabang from three to five lanes, significantly improving traffic flow on the SLEX.

    Ramon Ang, SMC president and chief operating officer, said the additional lanes are expected to help traffic to return to “normal” levels.

    Ang also apologized to commuters for the inconvenience caused by the construction of the project.

    “ Starting today, motorists from SLEX will have up to five lanes northbound during rush hours. This is already a big improvement from just three lanes at the viaduct, before the start of construction,” he said.

    Ang announced the Skyway extension project will start partial operation by July next year with the opening of the northbound section and full operation by December next year.

    The Skyway extension project is a P10-billion initiative by SMC that will extend the Skyway from Alabang to SLEX near Susana Heights and the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway (MCX).

    The project will allow for an additional capacity of 4,500 vehicles per hour northbound, and an additional 3,000 vehicles an hour southbound.

    Ang said with the slated opening of the Skyway Stage 3 project from Buendia to the North Luzon Expressway in a few months,  motorists from the south will be able to take the Skyway Extension to bypass the Alabang viaduct and even Edsa.

    With the traffic measures now in place, Ang said construction of the Skyway Extension will advance.