Another major tollway project is set for completion in the coming months, and motorists—especially those from south of the metro—should be excited.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently conducted an inspection of the ongoing Skyway Extension Project, and confirmed that the northbound portion of the elevated expressway will be opened in the second quarter of 2021.
“We are targeting completion of the northbound segment second quarter of this year while the southbound segment is being fast-tracked for delivery in September as part of our goal,” said DPWH secretary Mark Villar.
The project was set to be partially completed in December 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic, but a mishap back in November caused San Miguel Corporation (SMC) to make some further adjustments to its schedule. Nevertheless, it looks like we’ll finally be able to see this porton of the Skyway operational soon.
“With 61% of the project already complete, travel time from the Skyway main line toll plaza in Sucat, Parañaque, to Susana Heights in SLEX will soon be reduced by around 50%, greatly easing the traffic situation for those who are going home to the provinces,” said Villar.
Once the entire Skyway Extension Project is complete, three northbound lanes and two southbound lanes will be added to the southern portion of the existing Skyway network. The extension is expected to easethe usual traffic buildup near the Alabang interchange of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), a problem that has riddled motorists for quite some time now.
In addition, SMC estimates that this project along with the recently opened Skyway Stage 3 will reduce travel time between SLEX and the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) to just 30 minutes.
What do you think of these recent developments? Also, how do you think the Skyway Extension will help improve traffic in the south? Tell us in the comments.