LIST: Heavy Traffic expected on major tollways next week

Robie de Guzman   •   April 13, 2019   •   2481

MANILA, Philippines – The operator of Skyway, Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway (NAIAX), South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and STAR tollway is set to implement measures to ease the heavy traffic expected during the Lenten break next week.

SMC Tollways said additional ambulant tellers and traffic patrol teams will be deployed this week as vehicle volume is expected to increase by 10 percent during this season.

Temporary toll collection booths will also be added and all road works will be suspended.

All field personnel will also be required to be on standby and vacation leaves will be cancelled.

SMC said that beginning April 16 (Tuesday) to April 22 (Monday) heavy traffic is expected in the following areas:

Skyway Southbound At-grade 

April 16-18 & 20 (P.M.)

  • C5-Alabang At-grade

April 17 (P.M.)

  • Amorsolo to Magallanes Area

Skyway Northbound At-grade

April 21-22

  • Alabang Viaduct to Skyway On Ramp (Skyway Main Plaza B) Elevated

NAIAX Westbound

April 17-20 (P.M.)

  • NAIAX Main Toll Plaza B

NAIAX Eastbound

April 17-20 (P.M.)

  • NAIAX Main Toll Plaza a

SLEX Southbound

April 17 (P.M.)

  • Calamba Toll Plaza A and B
  • Carmona, Sta. Rosa Exit
  • Eton-ABI Exit
  • Cabuyao Toll Plaza
  • Ayala Toll Plaza

April 18

  • Calamba Toll Plaza A and B
  • Carmona, Sta. Rosa Exit
  • Eton-ABI Exit
  • Cabuyao Toll Plaza
  • Ayala Toll Plaza

April 20

  • Calamba Toll Plaza A and B
  • Carmona, Sta. Rosa Exit
  • Eton-ABI Exit
  • Cabuyao Toll Plaza
  • Ayala Toll Plaza

Northbound

April 21-22

  • Ayala Toll Plaza
  • Calamba Toll Plaza Entry
  • Exits in Filinvest
  • Exits in Alabang Viaduct

STAR Tollway

Southbound April 17 (P.M.)

  • Sto. Tomas Entry
  • Lipa Toll Plaza
  • Balagtas Toll Plaza
  • Sto. Toribio
  • Ibaan-San Jose Interchange

April 18

  • Sto. Tomas Entry
  • Lipa Toll Plaza
  • Balagtas Toll Plaza
  • Sto. Toribio
  • Ibaan-San Jose Interchange

April 20

  • Sto. Tomas Entry
  • Lipa Toll Plaza
  • Balagtas Toll Plaza
  • Sto. Toribio
  • Ibaan-San Jose Interchange

Northbound

April 21-22 (A.M.)

  • Toll Plazas in Sto. Tomas

TPLEX

Northbound

April 17-19

  • Tarlac Central Toll Plaza
  • Urdaneta Toll Plaza
  • Pozorrubio-MacArthur T-intersection
  • Binalonan Toll Plaza
  • Pozorrubio Toll Plaza

Southbound

April 21-22

  • Tarlac Central Toll Plaza
  • Urdaneta Toll Plaza
  • Pozorrubio-MacArthur T-intersection
  • Binalonan Toll Plaza
  • Pozorrubio Toll Plaza

SMC Tollways, together with Petron Lakbay Alalay, will also set up Motorist Assistance Stations at:

  • TPLEX – Petron KM 134 Northbound and Southbound
  • TPLEX Toll Operations Compound Northbound
  • Skyway – C5 and Merville Southbound
  • Sucat Lay-by At-grade Northbound
  • SLEX – San Pedro Gas Station Southbound
  • KM 44 Petron Gas Station Southbound
  • KM 44 Petron Gas Station Northbound
  • STAR – Petron Malvar Southbound
  • Malainin Lay-by KM 92 Southbound
  • Petron Lipa Northbound
  • Lapu-Lapu Lay-by KM 90 Northbound

Weekend traffic jams on SLEx as ‘good samaritans’ head to Taal-affected communities

Marje Pelayo   •   January 20, 2020

Traffic builds up on the South Luzon Express (SLEx) as good samaritans ferry relief goods to residents affected by the Taal Volcano eruption. (Photo: Maricel Vega)

MANILA, Philippines – A heavy traffic situation without altercation.

Vehicles of various types clogged the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) during the weekend as individuals and groups ferried relief goods to residents affected by the eruption of the Taal Volcano.

The weekend traffic reached up to 12 kilometers with volunteers patiently waiting for hours for their vehicles to move to various evacuation centers across Batangas province.

The situation prompted the SLEx management to activate zipper lanes towards Calamba Toll Plaza to ease the situation.

According to SLEx Skyway president, Manuel Bonoan, motorists took advantage of the free toll at Calamba Toll Plaza and caused traffic jams.

Bonoan noted that to avail of the privilege, motorists need to coordinate with their office first to be confirmed and to advise their intended destination or recipients.

Medyo nagkaroon yata ng confusion kahapon at gusto yata lahat na may marka ang mga sasakyan kahit ballpen lang na nakalagay sa bond paper (There seemed to have been a confusion yesterday. Motorists were insisting that their vehicles be marked. They were arguing that a note on a piece of paper would do),” Bonoan explained.

 “Wala naman kaming sinasabihan na mga toll plazas na ganun. Kawawa naman ang toll teller dahil siya ang magbabayad sa toll fee kapag hindi approve ang pagdaan ng sasakyan (We do not allow that at our toll plazas. The toll tellers would have to pay the toll of unapproved vehicles that pass),” he added.

Bonoan clarified that there is no end date for the free toll on SLEx Skyway and Star Toll Plaza for government-run vehicles and private groups heading to deliver goods to Batangas provided that their trips are properly coordinated with their office.

Meanwhile, #Slex trended on Saturday as netizens hailed the display of “bayanihan” spirit that the heavy traffic situation reflected.

Here are some of the tweets:

Motorists may enjoy toll-free expressways this holiday season

Marje Pelayo   •   December 25, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Motorists will be able to save on fuel in the coming days as SMC Tollways announced it is waiving toll fees throughout this holiday week.

This means, motorists heading south may pass through SLEX, NAIA Expressway, TPLEX, Skyway, and Star Tollway free of charge.

Thus, the tollways management advises motorists to take note of and be guided by the following schedule:

December 24, 2019       10pm-6am

December 25, 2019:      10pm-6am

December 31, 2019:      10pm-6am

January 1, 2019:             10pm-6am

MMDA readies convoy simulation for SEA Games; advises public to expect heavy traffic

Maris Federez   •   November 14, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will conduct a simulation of traffic in preparation for the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) that the Philippines will host on November 30.

The MMDA warns motorists and the riding public to expect heavy traffic and inconvenience.

The simulation of the supposed convoy of athletes and delegates of the SEA Games will take place from 1:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon on Thursday (November 14).

From the different hotels in Tagaytay, Pasay, Manila, Subic, and Clark in Pampanga, the convoy will pass through EDSA, other major thoroughfares in Metro Manila, and the North Luzon Expressway until it reaches the venue for the opening of the SEA Games in Bulacan.

Affected areas are the northbound lanes of EDSA, as well as on Mindanao Avenue, North Avenue, Quirino Highway, Taft Avenue, Magallanes, and the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).

MMDA spokesperson Asec. Celine Pialago said they will implement the Stop and GO Scheme in the affected thoroughfares in Metro Manila.

“Asahan po natin na magkakaroon ng traffic build up. May konting pagtigil sa regular na pagdaloy ng trapiko kasi di naman natin pwedeng itigil yung traffic kapag nandiyan na yung convoy eh. Centralized yung command. At least kapag malapit na ititigil mo na so magtataka yung mga kababayan natin bakit kami tinitigil? So ibig sabihin po nun may paparating pong convoy pero paglagpas po nung convoy rest assured back to normal na po yung traffic,” Pialago said.

The convoy will pass through the yellow lanes on EDSA as the MMDA has not assigned any special lane for that purpose.

There will also be no street that will be closed for the simulation of the convoy.

Meanwhile, the MMDA said the rehearsal for the SEA Games will also be held on November 26, and this is seen to also cause heavy traffic.

Aside from the convoy of athletes and delegates, the MMDA will also be preparing for the arrival and departure of visitors who will watch the SEA Games.

“Mabigat po talaga ang magiging sitwasyon ng daloy sa NLEX. Kaya nga pati po yung mga truckers association pinakiusapan po natin na agahan ang business. Ang pakiusap natin sa kanila, 11 in the morning hanggang 6 in the evening wag na muna silang dumaan sa NLEX kasi inaasahan natin as early as 1 may mga atleta na magre-rehearse, may mga maaga nang pupunta sa Philippine Arena,” Pialago added.

The MMDA will also conduct simulation of traffic in going back from the venue to the hotels where the athletes, delegates and visitors who will watch the SEA Games will be billeted. (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf

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