San Miguel Corp. is ready to deliver the entire northbound section of the Skyway Extension project by December despite disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
SMC president Ramon S. Ang said construction works are now being carried out an an accelerated pace.
The project was originally targeted for completion in July but was delayed following the lockdown imposed by the government in the middle of March to contain the spread of the virus. SMC’s contractors resumed construction only in May.
“Because of the delays and restrictions brought on by the lockdown, we’ve had to make a lot of adjustments. But we are on track to deliver the entire northbound section of the Skyway Extension by end of this year,” Ang said.
“When we open this northbound section, motorists will enjoy smoother and faster trips from Calamba going to Makati and other parts of Metro Manila. By improving traffic flow and reducing congestion, this project will also help in accelerating trade and tourism, particularly south of Metro Manila. That is something we need to further help our economy during this pandemic, and after it,” he added.
To meet the new construction schedule, Ang said contractors need to close the northbound Skyway on-ramp section before Sucat in the vicinity of Amkor Anam, starting August 24.
With the closure, northbound Class 1 vehicles may continue to access the steel ramp towards the elevated section of the Skyway.
All Class 2 vehicles including buses and vans meanwhile should take the At-Grade section.