Alabang-Skyway ramp set to operate on December 1

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 8)— A two-lane ramp connecting the busy streets of Alabang and the Skyway is set to operate on December 1, it was announced Friday by San Miguel Corporation (SMC).

This would expand the northbound rote of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) to five lanes, and is expected to improve traffic flow in the area, the announcment said.

The ramp is a part of the SLEX and Skyway projects, in which SMC units hold majority holdings.

"The limitation in the original design of the SLEX is that it has five lanes coming from Susana Heights heading to Alabang. However, this narrows to four lanes at the Alabang viaduct and connects with the Skyway at-grade that has only three lanes. This is the main reason why Alabang has always been a chokepoint for traffic," said SMC President Ramon Ang in a statement.

Ang also apologized for the current congestion caused by its road expansion projects, adding that they will improve traffic conditions once and for all when they are completed.

"Traffic will not only return to ‘normal’ levels, it will even improve. That’s because we are also opening the temporary ramp from the Alabang viaduct going up to Skyway. With a total of five lanes northbound, I think we can expect a significant improvement  in the traffic," Ang said.

One northbound at-grade lane of the Skyway in Alabang is currently closed while work on the Skyway Extension project is in progress. This would add three northbound lanes, and two southbound lanes that would accommodate more than 7,000 vehicles per hour once completed, SMC's statement said.

Skyway Stage 3, another project by the SMC in the region, is set to open on April 1, which would connect Buendia (Gil Puyat Avenue) in Makati, to San Juan, Manila, Quezon City, and the North Luzon Expressway.