Various portions of the Skyway Extension project’s northbound section near the Alabang Viaduct in Muntinlupa.
AFTER announcing the soft opening of its much-awaited Skyway 3 project in December, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon Ang said the structure of the northbound section of its Skyway Extension project is now 70 percent done and on-schedule for completion by end of the year.
The P10-B project, which was fully funded by SMC, will extend the Skyway from Susana Heights on the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) to Sucat and back and provide direct access to the elevated section of the Skyway.
It will connect the SLEX and the Muntinlupa Cavite Expressway (MCX) to the Skyway at Susana Heights, bypassing Alabang to make travel from south to north via the Skyway System seamless and much shorter.
“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,” he said.
The project, which was started in late 2019, is also aimed at eliminating traffic buildup along SLEX heading to Alabang and the Alabang viaduct.
Originally set for full completion by end of this year, the project, like all other major infrastructure projects, has been delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
He added that despite these challenges, SMC engineers as well as contractors worked double-time so the northbound section is delivered as scheduled. The southbound section will follow July next year.