For the first half of 2015, Skyway O&M Corp. (SOMCO) has embarked on a number of improvement projects on the elevated and at-grade sections of the 30-km. Skyway System to ensure that the Skyway traveling experience is maintained at the highest possible standards of safety, speed and convenience.
Among the improvement projects now in progress are the repair of the toll plazas in Sucat and Bicutan which involves sub-base pavement repair and concreting and the modification of chariot guards at toll plazas as shown in photo above. The installation of a 1.2-km. median fence and the widening of the U-turn slot along Dr. A. Santos Avenue from the Sucat Interchange up to SM BF Paranaque, which started last month, are expected to be finished by March 2015. One very important repair work that should also be completed by the end of next month is the Php 32.8-million rehabilitation of the right-of-way (ROW) fence along the Bicutan-Magallanes at-grade section of the Skyway System to replace the 15-year old ROW structure that has started to tilt and weaken due to the strong vibration caused by passing PNR trains daily.
Lined up for implementation within the first semester are the rotomilling and asphalt overlay works on the elevated section’s southbound lanes from Magallanes to Buendia and the northbound lanes from Dona Soledad On-ramp up to the Raya Garden area. The northbound at-grade lanes along the Villamor area will also be rehabilitated. Said pavement works aim to maintain the good riding quality of the road surface and prolong its useful life. Also in the pipeline is the installation of the perimeter light posts along the C5 Entry ramp that will make night travel safer.
Last year, SOMCO started the PhP4.2-million flood control project that involved desilting and deepening of Maricaban Creek, a major waterway that traverses the cities of Pasay, Taguig and Paranaque, where grouted rip-rap along the creeek alignment was constructed and was completed last month. As SOMCO commits to keep the creek free of siltations, it hopes to prevent the perennial flooding in many barangays around Maricaban Creek, including the Magallanes area of the tollway, during the rainy season.
In operating and maintaining the 30-km. Skyway System, the safety, comfort and convenience of its motorists remain to be SOMCO’s paramount concerns.