Department of Public Works and Secretary Mark Villar announced the opening the new, two-lane Alabang-Skyway ramp, and the reopening of a third lane at the at-grade section.
Villar, together with San Miguel Corporation (SMC) President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon S. Ang and Department of Transportation Secretary Art Tugade, opened the newly completed two-lane ramp ahead of schedule.
“The initial phase of the Skyway Extension project will ease traffic on the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), by giving motorists access to the Skyway from Susana Heights and the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway (MCX),” Villar noted.
“Northbound traffic will now have up to five lanes during rush hour with the new ramp and the reopening of the third at-grade lane,” he noted.
“Given the tight timetable we had to implement major engineering and construction works, we could not have completed the new ramp and the initial phase of construction for the Skyway Extension, without the “bayanihan” spirit demonstrated by the team of President Rodrigo Duterte, led by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Transportation (DoTR),” Ang said.
Skyway Extension to open in 2020
Villar noted that DPWH and SMC is also fast-tracking the completion of the alternate route by-passing EDSA, the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 - an 18.68 km elevated expressway from Buendia, Makati City to the North Luzon Expressway in Balintawak, Quezon City.
“When this alignment is completed, travel time from North to South will be reduced from 2 hours to 15 to 20 minutes,” Villar noted.
“The Skyway Extension project which will be substantially completed by the end of the year will fully operational by first quarter of 2020,” he added.
The Skyway Extension Project is a joint effort of Department of Public Works and Highways, the Toll Regulatory Board and SMC.