skywayresume - SMC resumes construction work at ₱10-B Skyway extension project

Construction work at the Skyway Extension

 

By EMMIE V. ABADILLA

Construction of the P10-billion Skyway Extension continues, with safety protocols in place after the government’s go-signal to resume work mid-May, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) announced yesterday.

SMC intends to be back on track with the project following a 60-day delay due to the enhanced community quarantine, according to president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang.

For this reason, the Skyway Alabang Toll Plaza Southbound Entry will be closed from May 31 to June 15.

Because of the temporary closure, a new traffic scheme will be implemented with the help of the Muntinlupa Traffic Management Bureau (MTMB).

Private cars are advised to take Filinvest Entry and/or National Road to Susana Heights Entry, while trucks and buses are instructed to take National Road to Susana Heights Entry.

“We are happy to report that despite the long delay due to the ECQ and the limited workforce deployed, we’ve been gaining a lot of ground in terms of construction these past two weeks,” Ang pointed out.

Skyway’s contractor, EEI Corporation, has strictly enforced safety, sanitation and other health measures at the work site.

These include: following the basic rules of social distancing, the use of face masks and gloves, and providing hand sanitation and disinfecting facilities, on top of on-site housing, for workers.

“These health and safety measures will remain in place while we work on delivering this critical project to the public,” Ang added.

The project’s original target completion date was December 2020, but the two-month delay is likely to push this back a little.

San Miguel Infrastructure, SMC’s concession holder for the Metro Manila Skyway, said that the closure of the Skyway Alabang Toll Plaza Southbound Entry will make way for bored piling works at the southbound section, starting 6 am on May 31 until June 15.

At the resumption of the construction, Skyway management also closed about 700 meters of Lane 3 of the Skyway At-Grade section northbound from the old Alabang Entry Plaza.

The one-month closure enabled workers to install scaffoldings to build the columns for Pier 34- 49.

The P10-billion project will extend Skyway from Susana Heights in SLEX to Sucat and back and will provide a direct access to the elevated section of the Skyway.

With the direct access to the elevated section of the Skyway, the project is expected to ease traffic to and from the south.

The project will also increase the number of lanes on both directions to five northbound and four southbound.

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