The Skyway is about to complete another project milestone, as the new northbound extension segment of the elevated roadway has already been inspected by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). The government agency has also confirmed that this new section of the expressway is targeted for completion by the second quarter of 2021.
The Skyway extension project was initially set for completion in December of 2020. However, given the current pandemic situation, the completion date had to be rescheduled to a later time. San Miguel Corporation also had a few adjustments to make with its project timeline, leading to its new expected completion date of Q2 2021.
With the project already 61% complete, travel time from the Skyway mainline to the toll plaza in Sucat, Paranaque to Susana Heights is expected to be reduced by at least 50%. The new section of the expressway is also projected to substantially reduce the traffic congestion situation in the area, as well as ease the usual buildup experienced by those who head home to the provinces. As for the southbound segment of the extension project, it is expected to be completed by around September of 2021.
Once the entire Skyway Extension Project is completed, the new section of the roadway will have three northbound lanes and two southbound lanes as well. The southbound lanes will be added to the southern portion of the existing roadway network. The completion of the project is also expected to ease the traffic congestion in the Alabang interchange of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), which has been a common occurrence encountered by motorists in the area. Together with the Skyway Stage 3, these new roadways are also expected to reduce the travel time between SLEX and the North Luzon Expressway to just 30 minutes.