Heads Up, Motorists: Part of SLEX to Be Closed Next Week

It's a new traffic scheme.

(SPOT.ph) The South Luzon Expressway has been relatively smooth-sailing in the past couple of weeks with the opening of the temporary steel ramp near the Alabang Viaduct on December 2. But you may still want to keep on the lookout: the Alabang-Zapote Road elevated ramp leading to the Skyway will be closed at certain hours of the day from Monday to Saturday, starting December 9, according to a press release. 

The northbound lanes will be closed every day from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. while southbound lanes will be closed from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. When the road is closed, motorists headed north can get on the Skyway using the ramp near Sucat. Those heading south and farther than Alabang can use the new steel ramp to exit the Skyway; those who need to get to Alabang will have to exit at the Filinvest Toll Plaza.

"We’ve seen a big improvement in the flow of traffic at the SLEX this past week. Traffic moves quickly even during peak rush hours, and there is no longer a sea of cars on the SLEX," said San Miguel Corporation President Ramon Ang in a statement. The newly-opened two-lane ramp is capable of servicing around 5,000 vehicles every hour and has sped things up along the expressway.

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"Nevertheless, I have directed all our personnel to continue to closely monitor the traffic situation so we can make necessary adjustments quickly, particularly in areas prone to heavy traffic," added Ang. The Skyway extension project is expected to end in December 2020 and will bring the elevated tollway all the way up to the Susana Heights area. 

UPDATE (December 6, 2019): The article has been updated to include quotes from San Miguel Corporation President Ramon Ang.

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