by Fred John Santos, FEBRUARY 2021
The Cavitex Infrastructure Corporation (CIC), a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), doubled its construction efforts for the new segments of the Manila-Cavite Expressway (Cavitex) C-5 Link Expressway at the start of 2021.
Part of the on-going works includes foundation works and other mobilization activities at Segment 3A-2 at (MIAA area); while ground improvements at Segment 2 at Sucat Interchange and R-1(Cavitex) Expressway. CIC aims to complete the construction of Segment 2 and Segment 3A-2 of the C-5 Link Expressway in the second quarter of 2022.
“We are doubling our efforts on the construction of Segment 2 and Segment 3A-2 this beginning of 2021. With the challenges brought about by the pandemic, we will ensure to stick to the timeline as close as we can and be able to open the new segments in Cavitex C5 Link next year,” said Mr. Roberto V. Bontia, CIC President and General Manager.
The construction activities have an average of 200 manpower daily working and are 24/7 operational. CIC ensures the safety of these workers against COVID-19 by strictly following the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the National Government’s directives on health protocols.
C5 Link Expressway compromised of Segments 2 and 3. Segment 2 is a 1.9-kilometer, 2×3 lane expressway from Cavitex (R1) Expressway to a proposed interchange at Sucat Segment 3A-2, a sub-section of Segment 3 is a 1.6-kilometer, 2×3 lane expressway from Merville to RSG (Airport View) Subdivision in Parañaque.
Upon completion, this 15B project is expected to serve 50,000 cars and reduce travel time to Makati and Taguig from Parañaque City, Las Pinas City, and Cavite Province from an hour to about 10 minutes, and play a huge role in economic development.
Moreover, CIC is set to conduct heavy maintenance in Cavitex. Mobilization will start this February 27, 2021, and will last for 60 days. The project aims at maintaining the performance standard of the expressway: improve the quality of carriageway and drive experience of its motorists.
“There will be an effect on the passage of our motorists in the construction areas, that is why we have laid out a comprehensive traffic management plan supporting all these works to ease their passage and additional on-ground support and more than ample signages will also be positioned to ensure safety and smooth flow of vehicles. We are working together with our JV partner the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) and the PEATC on the implementation of the traffic management activities at Cavitex R1 segment.”
Aside from the Cavitex, Cavitex C5 Link Expressway, and the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX), MPTC’s tollways portfolio includes the concessions for the North Luzon Expressway (“NLEX”), the Subic-Clark Tarlac Expressway (“SCTEX”), the NLEX Connector Road, and the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (“CCLEX”) in Cebu.
About the writer:
Frederick John Santos. A former media practitioner: he is a previous Social Media News Writer in an AM Radio Station. Now with MPT South, he writes to give information and updates of MPTS’ toll roads among its motorists, stakeholders, and media.