Heads Up, Motorists: Only Private Vehicles Allowed on Skyway Starting February 16
Trucks and buses will be rerouted.
Traffic may worsen for motorists who frequent the south of the Metro, as starting February 16, there will be lane closures as well as a new traffic scheme that will be implemented along the southbound portion of the Skyway—all of these while the Skyway Extension project is underway.
There are several closures to take note of: the Alabang southbound and Bunye South Station exit toll plazas; a portion of the northbound West service road, the Hillsborough off-ramp from the elevated Skyway to at-grade Skyway, and the third southbound lane of Skyway at-grade from Sucat to Filinvest. The lane closures will give way to bored piling and column installation activities, which are expected to be completed by March 30.
In response, San Miguel Corporation plans to implement another new policy along the elevated tollway to mitigate the adverse effects of the scheduled roadworks. In its latest press release, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has announced that beginning February 16, only Class 1 vehicles will be given passage through the Skyway. This means only private vehicles such as cars, SUVs, vans, pickups, and the like will be allowed entry, while buses (including point-to-point buses) and delivery vans will need to use the expressway underneath.
Below are the pointers for the rerouting of public utility vehicles and trucks:
- Buses and delivery vans coming from Makati, Manila, and Pasay bound for Alabang must take the Nichols southbound entry toll plaza to the at-grade Skyway.
- Buses and delivery vans from NAIA Expressway bound for Alabang must take Andrews Avenue going to Sales Road, then take Nichols southbound entry toll plaza to the at-grade Skyway.
- Buses and delivery vans from NAIA Expressway can also take the Magallanes northbound off-ramp, make a U-turn under the Magallanes Interchange, then head to the Nichols southbound entry toll plaza to the at-grade Skyway.
"Yet again, we are asking for our motorists' patience and support. We want to do everything to make traffic more manageable. Your cooperation and observance of traffic rules and the new traffic schemes will be very critical," says San Miguel Corporation president Ramon Ang. "Traffic in Alabang has been a problem for all of us for many, many years. Today, we have a long-term solution. Let's all work together to make it happen."