After two months of work stoppage, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) will resume construction of the Skyway Extension Project tomorrow, May 15, following the issuance of guidelines for construction projects by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Once completed, the project will extend Skyway up to Susana Heights/Muntinlupa Cavite Expressway. Its Phase 1 was initially targeted for completion in December 2020. At the moment, SMC is unable to determine a new completion date, given that only a limited number of workers can resume construction to ensure that safety, sanitation, and health requirements can be enforced.
“We have been given the go-signal by government to resume work on the Skyway extension, and while we cannot yet go full blast, we will do whatever we can to deliver this project as close as we can to the original deadline,” said SMC president and COO Ramon S. Ang. “We have to work smart, be efficient, and most of all, keep the workers safe.”
SMC guaranteed that workers will follow the basic rules of social distancing. Masks, gloves, hand sanitation, and disinfection facilities will be provided, and workers will be housed on-site.
Skyway management said that upon the resumption of work, about 700 meters of Lane 3 of the Skyway At-Grade northbound section, from the old Alabang Entry Plaza, will be closed to traffic for one month. This is to enable the installation of scaffoldings to build the columns for Pier 34-39.