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SMC wants to expand expressways

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) will soon start expanding the three expressways it built – the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), the Skyway system, and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway (NAIAX) – to help decongest traffic in the metropolis.

“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 (TRB),” SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang said in a statement.

He said the projects can be completed in three years.

For the SLEX, SMC will add a fifth lane on each direction, widening the expressway to 10 lanes.

The first phase – Alabang to Susana Heights – will cost P130 million and for completion within a year.

The remaining section all the way to Calamba can be completed by 2021, if government approval is given soon.

SMC has started bidding out the projects to contractors.

To address congestion on the elevated Skyway system, SMC submitted plans and designs to widen the expressway from Alabang to Sucat by two lanes, and to extend it to the Alabang viaduct.

The expansion will bring the total number of elevated lanes to six, with three lanes on each direction, and provision for a seventh lane.

SMC also submitted engineering plans and the detailed design for the NAIAX, extending the expressway up to Bonifacio Global City.

SMC will also have additional NAIAX ramps from the NAIA terminal 1 and 2 areas until SM Sucat where it can link up with the C5 extension to serve motorists heading to Sucat, Las Pinas, and C5 who usually spend 30 minutes to an hour getting out of the gridlock along airport roads.

The company likewise intends to build a one-lane ramp from the northbound elevated Skyway towards C5 or BGC.

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