Seamless road network: SMC sets major tollways expansion
Conglomerate San Miguel Corp. is embarking on a long-term expansion program for all its major toll roads to ease congestion in traffic-heavy areas.
SMC said it was just waiting for the go-signal from the government to jumpstart the expansion of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), Skyway, NAIA Expressway (NAIAX) and the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (SLEX).
“All technical studies for the expansion of all our southern Metro Manila toll roads are now complete and ready for construction. We’re just waiting to get final approval for each of these projects from the Toll Regulatory Board,” said Ramon S. Ang, president and COO of SMC.
These projects are expected to decongest not just traditional chokepoints along the expressway network–such as the Alabang viaduct, the Sucat and Bicutan interchanges, Magallanes, the C5 entrance and exit to SLEX, and the NAIAx entry to Skyway—but more importantly, traffic on public roads leading to these major entry and exit points.
“There is no stopping the Philippines’ growth. With this, more people will be travelling, more goods will be transported, so we expect that traffic volume will just get worse,” Ang said.
“The expansion of these major expressways is long overdue. But we’ve done our homework, we’ve invested to complete the studies and designs, and we’ve submitted all of these to the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) for their review. All these projects can be completed within three years, provided government gives us the green light to proceed right away,” he added.