Travel along the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) will be much smoother after San Miguel Corporation (SMC) officially inaugurated the thoroughfare’s P14-billion elevated extension. 

The opening rite of the much-awaited SLEX Elevated Extension Project was led by President Rodrigo Duterte, who was joined by other top government officials as well as SMC’s President and Chief Executive Officer Ramon Ang. 

Photo from SMC’s Official Website

Photo from SMC’s Official Website

The new four-kilometer, two-laned southbound alignment will connect Skyway in Sucat to SLEX at Susana Heights in Muntinlupa, which significantly improves direct access to the Alabang area and the Alabang-Zapote Road.

According to Ang, with the project now fly realizes, SMC has fully delivered its promise of improving heavy traffic on the Skyway, SLEX, and public roads leading to and from them that – for decades – have been the cause of congestion at the Alabang viaduct.

“Since we soft-opened the southbound SLEX Extension last December 10, motorists in the south have seen a major improvement in the traffic situation. It has provided relief to thousands of motorists who go home every day to Muntinlupa, Las Piñas, Cavite, Laguna, and Batangas. With both the southbound and northbound section of the SLEX Extension now fully operational, travel to and from the south is easier and faster than ever,” Ang explained.

Ang noted that they wouldn’t have been able to accomplish the task without the support of the government, specifically the Duterte administration and the LGUs that surround the newly opened pathway. 

“We thank President Duterte and his Build Build Build team, especially the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) headed by Secretary Mark Villar who was with us at the start of the project and through most of its construction, as well as Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Art Tugade. They both recognized the importance of this project and gave us all the support we needed from start to end,” he shared. 

“I’m also very grateful for the help and cooperation of so many other stakeholders, from the local government of Muntinlupa and their traffic department; our private sector stakeholders, especially Filinvest Land, who made possible the required rerouting of traffic, and the utility companies, among others, for their cooperation,” Ang added.

The SLEX Elevated Extension will be able to accommodate 200,000 cars a day. 

The project was supposed to open back in 2020, however, it was pushed back due to the pandemic. 

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Image credit: SMC; PNA