SLEx traffic 'almost back to normal': toll board

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Posted at Oct 15 2019 12:25 PM | Updated as of Oct 15 2019 12:42 PM

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MANILA — Traffic in the South Luzon Expressway is "almost back to normal," the Toll Regulatory Board said Tuesday, following calls to suspend or roll back fees there due to recent gridlocks.

There has been no repeat of the Sept. 25 to 26 "carmageddon" spawned by the construction of the Skyway extension, said TRB Spokesperson Julius Corpuz.

"The usual traffic level na nai-experience ng ating motorista bago po magkaroon ng konstruksyon at masimulan itong project na ito is almost the same now. Halos bumalik na po sa normal traffic level," he told radio DZMM.

(The usual traffic level that our motorists experienced before the construction and start of this project is almost the same now. The normal traffic level has almost returned.)

Laguna Rep. Sol Aragaones filed Monday a resolution seeking to suspend or lower toll rates for 6 months, saying heavy traffic due to the construction of the Skyway extension was "causing severe inconvenience to the motorists."

"Titingnan natin kung anong implications... sapagkat marami rin tayong nakabinbin at ongoing projects na baka naman maapektuhan din," Corpuz said of the proposal.

(We will look into the possible implications because we have many impending and ongoing project that may be affected.)

The SLEX is used by around 370,000 motorists daily, 190,000 of whom pass through the Skyway, said Aragones.

The Skyway extension, which will be completed by December 2020, aims to eliminate the need for motorists to pass by the Alabang viaduct, a perennial traffic chokepoint, SOMCO earlier said.

Sen. Grace Poe earlier urged SLEX managers to reduce toll rates.