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5 Skyway lanes open to ease SLEX gridlock

Construction of the Skyway extension has aggravated traffic conditions along the SLEX. #SLEX #Skyway

Maria Romero

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The new two-lane ramp connecting the Alabang viaduct to the elevated Metro Manila Skyway. (DoTr)

As promised by the head of Asian giant San Miguel Corporation (SMC) Ramon S. Ang, traffic congestion in the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) is expected to ease as the firm officially opened the new two-lane ramp connecting the Alabang viaduct to the elevated Metro Manila Skyway on Sunday.

SMC, which operates the Skyway O&M Corporation (SOMCO), also re-opened the third lane of the Skyway at-grade level that can further ease vehicular traffic congestion on the metropolis’ main southern artery.

Previously, 5 lanes of the SLEX would narrow to just 3 at the Alabang viaduct.

With the new ramp connecting to the elevated section, northbound gridlock from SLEX can be accommodated without significantly impacting traffic coming from the Alabang-Zapote road.

Based on the original design by the previous concessionaire, the Alabang-Zapote road Skyway ramp had a one lane northbound and one lane southbound. However, when traffic is heaviest during rush hours both lanes are used for northbound traffic.

But with the new three-lane configuration at the start of the elevated portion, lane assignments can be easily adjusted depending on traffic volume.

Thus, even with the new ramp, motorists coming from the Alabang-Zapote road will retain the use of one to two lanes, depending on traffic volume.

During the evening rush hours, when southbound traffic is heavier, more or all lanes—including the two lanes on the new ramp–can be assigned for southbound use.

Last week, Ang lauded the government’s efforts to ensure that the construction of the extension of the elevated toll road used by thousands of motorists each day would be completed on time.

He said that, apart from the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Department of Transportation led Secretary Art Tugade, and the local government of Muntinlupa under Mayor Jaime Fresnedi and the city council, were also a big help.

“This just goes to show that when we — the private sector, government, and the public — cooperate and work together to achieve a common goal, there is nothing that we Filipinos cannot do,” Ang said.

To recall, the construction of the Skyway extension has aggravated traffic conditions along the SLEX, with travel time from areas south of Metro Manila now taking 3 to 5 hours, thus prompting business man Ang to be held accountable.

These measures, according to SMC-SOMCO, are part of preparations for the construction of the Skyway Extension, a P10 billion SMC initiative to extend Skyway from Alabang to SLEX near Susana Heights and the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway (MCX).

The Skyway extension, scheduled for completion in December next year, will extend the elevated highway to the SLEX near Susana Heights and the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway from Alabang.

The ramp will ease traffic on SLEx by giving motorists access to the Skyway from Susana Heights and the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway.

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