Girder in Skyway extension project falls; kills 1, injures 4

Maris Federez   •   November 21, 2020   •   131

MUNTINLUPA CITY, Philippines — A crane that was positioned for its next task has tilted, causing a steel girder from the Skyway Extension project to fall at the East Service Road in Bgy. Cupang, Muntinlupa Saturday morning (November 21).

Based on the initial report of PCpl Karlo Ferrer, the responding police officer, the incident took place at 8:50 in the morning of Saturday, Nov. 21, and has killed one person and injured four others.

It also damaged six vehicles – a taxi, an L300 van, an SUV, and three motorcycles.

A statement from project contractor, EEI Corporation, said the casualties were rushed by ambulances from the Skyway O&M Corp. and EEI to various hospitals.

EEI added that the company is monitoring the progress of the injured and has been getting in touch with their next of kin for proper coordination.

It also insured that they extend any assistance that the casualties may need.

“Our hearts and prayers go with the affected families. This is an unfortunate and heart-breaking accident that must not happen again,” the statement further said.

“We will review immediately our safety and operating protocols as we build a strategic infrastructure for the public’s convenience,” it added.

Meanwhile, Conglomerate San Miguel Corp., among the companies which has a hand in the construction of the expressway, has also issued its statement on the accident.

“We deeply regret this unfortunate accident and assure a full and thorough investigation. Our thoughts and concern are with the victims and we will make sure they will get all the help they need. Their welfare is our priority,” the statement reads.

“This unfortunate incident sets back the completion of the Skyway Extension Project. From the December 2020 deadline, target completion is now February 2021,” the SMC statement concluded. — /mbmf

Ang issues personal apology; assures help to victims of Skyway mishap

Maris Federez   •   November 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — San Miguel Corporation, the concession holder of the Skyway Extension project, has issued an apology to the victims of the accident at the project site in Brgy. Cupang in Muntinlupa that happened on Saturday (Nov. 21).

Alongside the apology, is the company’s assurance to the victims that their needs and essentials will be taken care of.

In a statement released to the media on Sunday, SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang said that although EEI Corporation was the one handling the construction of the project, the SMC, as project proponent, is taking the responsibility to take care of the victims.

“Even with a contractor handling construction, ultimately, we are responsible for the welfare of those who were affected. I would like to personally apologize to the victims and their families, as well as to our larger community in Muntinlupa,” Ang said.

“This terrible and tragic accident has affected me in ways I can’t even begin to express. I have not stopped thinking about the people who were affected, the four that were injured and most especially, the person who perished, and his family. There are no words that can ease the grief of losing a loved one,” the business mogul said.

“To the family, I can only offer my sincerest and deepest condolences, and my personal assurance that your family will be taken care of. To those who were injured, please be assured we will provide all the means necessary for you to recover and restart,” he added.

The SMC chief also vowed that the incident will be investigated thoroughly, and that company and its contractor EEI will make sure even stricter measures are in place at the project site.

“In a project of this magnitude and scale, there are many redundant safety measures in place.  Unfortunately, we can’t predict every outcome, and I’m sure no one wanted this to happen,” Ang said.

“Regardless, we are working with authorities to determine the root cause of this incident. We will find out where lapses occurred and do whatever is necessary to help make sure they don’t happen again.”

On Saturday, November 21, a crane that was being positioned for its next task tilted and fell on the girder spanning the two posts of the north-bound Skyway extension project.  The girder fell on vehicles below, resulting in one fatality and four injuries. — /mbmf

MMDA to implement traffic adjustments in Alabang, EDSA Balintawak starting Feb. 14

Robie de Guzman   •   February 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will implement traffic adjustments and traffic rerouting starting February 14, Friday in areas along Alabang in Muntinlupa City and Balintawak in Quezon City to give way to the ongoing construction of Skyway Extension and Skyway Stage 3 projects.

In an advisory, the MMDA said that beginning 11 p.m. Friday, one lane closure will be implemented on EDSA Balintawak Northbound towards North Luzon Expressway to give way to the erection of vertical bridge support under the EDSA Bridge as part of the Skyway Stage 3 project.

Light vehicles going to NLEX and Monumento are advised take the Balintawak Interchange ramp going to Cubao and take the U-turn slot after Cloverleaf Market going to NLEX.

Meanwhile, two lanes will be closed on EDSA Balintawak going to Cubao on Sunday, February 16 for the erection of interconnection flatform tower on top of EDSA Bridge.

Light vehicles coming from Monumento via EDSA before reaching Balintawak may turn right to A. de Jesus St. then left to C3 to destination.

The MMDA said the lane closures will be until March 5.

The agency also announced that starting 6 a.m. of February 16, one-way traffic scheme for southbound vehicles will be implemented in West Service Road of South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) from Alabang Hills to Alabang Zapote Road to give way to the construction of Skyway Extension from Hillsborough to Filinvest Exit.

Skyway-Hillsborough off-ramp will be closed to traffic, and Class 2 vehicles such as buses and delivery vans from Magallanes to Alabang are not allowed along the elevated Skyway.

One-way traffic will also be implemented on Northbound lane of Alabang temporary Steel Ramp from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., daily.

The MMDA said the same traffic scheme will also be implemented along Skyway from Sucat Interchange to Alabang-Zapote Road and on Southbound lane of Alabang temporary Steel Ramp daily from 9 a.m. to 5 a.m. of the following day.

The agency said the construction will last for three months.

Affected vehicles northbound are advised to take the Alabang via-duct at grade level.

Further, girders will also be launched along A. Bonifacio where one lane going to NLEX will remain passable and two lanes for those going to Manila for eight nights from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on February 22 to 29.

Motorists are advised to take the following alternate routes:

1.     Light vehicles going to NLEX and Monumento may take the Balintawak Interchange ramp going to Cubao and take the U-turn slot after Cloverleaf Market going to NLEX.

2.     Light vehicles going to Novaliches and NLEX may take zipper lane at the left immediately before the construction site towards destination.

3.     Light vehicles from NLEX (going to Manila/Caloocan) may take the Balintawak Interchange Ramp going to Monumento via EDSA then left to A. De Jesus St. then left to C3 to destination.


The MMDA said the construction will last for 21 days or until March 5.

The Skyway Stage 3 is a 14.8-kilometer elevated tollway project which connects Skyway/SLEX Buendia to NLEX Balintawak while the Skyway Extension project extends the existing toll road to Susana Heights/Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway.

Both the Skyway Stage 3 and Skyway Extension Projects are part of the government’s “Build, Build, Build” program.

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