One-way traffic scheme eyed at Skyway extension project area in Alabang

Published September 27, 2019, 10:55 AM

by Dr. Eduardo Gonzales

By Jonathan Hicap

The Muntinlupa City government is proposing to implement a one-way northbound traffic scheme at the ongoing Skyway extension project area on East Service Road, Alabang to shorten the construction period by half.

Muntinlupa City Logo (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)
Muntinlupa City Logo (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

Motorists and commuters from Muntinlupa and southern areas are angry and frustrated as construction of the extension project along the northbound lane of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and East Service Road in Muntinlupa has caused massive traffic. Heavy traffic has also built up along the National Road in Muntinlupa.

San Miguel Corporation Tollways has closed the outermost lane of SLEX after the Alabang viaduct and one lane of the East Service Road to start digging for the construction of Skyway extension project columns.

As a result, a stop-and-go traffic scheme has been implemented along the East Service Road around the Kawasaki area.

The whole Skyway extension project from the Skyway mainline toll plaza to Susana Heights exit in Muntinlupa will cost P10 billion. It started in June and will be finished by December 2020.

Danidon Nolasco, head of the Muntinlupa Traffic Management Bureau, told Manila Bulletin that a meeting was held between the Muntinlupa City government, SMC Tollways, Skyway, and the business establishments within the area regarding the traffic scheme.

Nolasco said the project’s contractor said if the stop-and-go traffic scheme along the East Service Road will be continued, the extension project in the Alabang area will be finished in 14 weeks but if a one-way traffic plan will be used, it will be completed in just seven weeks or before December.

He said the business establishments within the area like Kawasaki, Amkor/Anam, and Uratex have agreed to the one-way northbound traffic scheme on the East Service Road from Alabang to Sucat. The West Service Road will remain two-way.

On Monday, the city government will have a meeting with homeowners associations and barangay representatives of Alabang, Cupang, Sucat, and Buli to discuss the one-way traffic scheme proposal.

If they agree to it, the one-way traffic plan will be implemented immediately, Nolasco said.