SKYWAY IMPLEMENTS NEW TRAFFIC MEASURES

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After analyzing the traffic situation at the Skyway System with a view to effect traffic enhancement measures, Skyway operator, Skyway O&M Corp. (SOMCO), found that congestion on the at-grade and elevated sections of the Skyway System is often caused by traffic congestion outside its area of jurisdiction. Traffic slowdown on local and national roads in its immediate vicinities like Alabang, Sucat, Bicutan Taguig, Pasay, Makati and EDSA tends to spill-over into the tollway. During peak hours and days when traffic volume hits its highest, queueing at the toll plazas and road incidents and stalled vehicles also cause traffic build up inside the tollway.

To ease heavy traffic between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the southbound Bicutan and Sucat at-grade sections, SOMCO has opened alternative exits along West Service Road under the elevated toll plazas at Dona Soledad and Dr. A. Santos. Signs leading to alternative exits are up. Meanwhile, to facilitate traffic flow during peak hours and occurrence of road incidents, traffic counter-flow is being implemented at the Skyway Main Plaza A and B at the Alabang elevated portion from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m for northbound (NB) traffic, and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. for southbound (SB). For operational efficiency, the NB Pay-at-Entry and SB Pay-at-Exit scheme is in effect at the Skyway System’s elevated section. As needed, traffic counter-flow measure is also being implemented at the NB Alabang-Sucat at-grade portion at the NB NAIA-Buendia elevated stretch. To immediately remove obstructions caused by road incidents and stalled vehicles, six (6) AAP towing equipment are strategically positioned at the NB and SB sides of the Skyway System for prompt response to emergencies. Additional emergency bays have also been constructed.

SOMCO continuously plans to implement more long-term measures to ensure that traffic moves efficiently at the Skyway System and that motorists are safe and comfortable. Among these measures are deployment of motorized marshals to manage traffic at identified key traffic areas, and procurement of additional tools for improved response to road incidents and heavy traffic situation. Studies are underway for the installation of an overpass/underpass facility at the Sucat Road corner President Avenue.

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