President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Tuesday said the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) Elevated Extension Project could help spur the country’s economic recovery from the impact of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
“I reaffirm my administration’s steadfast dedication to complete critical infrastructure projects and sustainable development programs, as we welcome the completion of this important project at a time when our economy is slowly opening up and recovering from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic,” the President said in his speech during the inauguration of the extension project at the Alabang Northbound Entry in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
“Let me assure the entire nation that we will be unrelenting in the pursuit of a more comfortable life for everyone through safe and reliable infrastructure. A modern, sustainable and inclusive society is what we envision and what we will achieve for the Filipino people,” he added.
He commended the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and its private partners for the successful inauguration of the SLEX Elevated Extension Project, noting that it shows the government’s commitment to pursue sustainable and resilient infrastructure projects amid the current challenges presented by the ongoing pandemic.
Acknowledging the president’s approbation, DOTR Secretary Arthur Tugade explained that the four-kilometer, two-laned southbound alignment of the project was soft-opened to the public in early December, effectively connecting the Skyway in Sucat to SLEX at Susanna Heights in Muntinlupa–bypassing the Alabang viaduct, while improving direct access to both the Alabang area and the Alabang-Zapote Road.
Tugade added, “the expansion project contributes to our economic growth and productivity by providing greater mobility and helping ease traffic in Metro Manila and its surrounding areas.
Assisting the president and the secretary of transportation, Senator Christopher Lawrence Bong Go noted that this project which aims to decongest vehicular traffic in Metro Manila, will increase the Skyway capacity from 3,000 to 4,500 per hour in an area burdened by increased vehicular volume over the decades, causing a bottleneck at the Alabang viaduct.
Go said the project costed P14 billion, and would cut further down 30-minutes the travel from Muntinlupa in the south to Balintawak in the north.
San Miguel Corp. president and CEO Ramon Ang explained that the new project can accommodate a total of around 200,000 cars daily and would reduce travel time between Muntinlupa and Balintawak in Quezon City from two hours to just 25 to 30 minutes. (PNA)