by Fred John Santos, SEPTEMBER 2021
Cavitex Infrastructure Corporation (CIC), a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), together with its joint venture (JV) partner Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA), announce 20% completion of the Cavitex C5 Link project.
The Cavitex C5 Link is a 7.7-kilometer 2×3 lane expressway that will connect Cavitex R1 to C5 Road in Taguig.
The P15-billion project is comprised of Segments 2 and 3. Since 2019, C5 Link segment 3A-1 connecting Merville to C5 Road has been operational, while constructions of Segments 3A-2 stretching from E. Rodriguez to Merville, and Segment 2 from Cavitex R1 Interchange to Sucat Interchange are underway. Meanwhile, construction of Segment 3B from Sucat to E. Rodriguez, according to CIC, is expected to begin on the 1st quarter of 2022.
“We are proceeding with the construction for this vital infrastructure project amidst the challenges of stricter lockdown. Together with our JV partner, PRA, we are committed to ensure welfare of our workers and adherence to safety protocols in continuing the works for the project,” said Mr. Roberto V. Bontia, President and General Manager of CIC.
Part of the ongoing road works include ground improvements, concrete pouring, construction of slab deck, drainage system, and bridge substructure works.
Once completed, the Cavitex C5 Link will reduce travel time between Cavitex to Makati and Taguig and vice versa by thirty to forty-five minutes. It is seen to benefit around 50,000 motorists, particularly those coming from Taguig, Makati, Las Pinas, and Pasay. It is also expected that the project would not only ease traffic congestion in these areas but would also spur economic development crucial in the country’s efforts to move towards a new normal.
In addition, CIC will install the Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) cameras in toll plazas of Cavitex to improve the RFID toll collection system in the expressway. The ALPR system uses smart cameras to recognize vehicle’s license plate, supporting RFID scanners to fast-track cashless transactions in toll plazas. This technology has been in place at Cavitex C5 Link Segment 3A1 since its opening.
Aside from the Cavitex and Cavitex C5 Link, the MPTC’s tollways portfolio includes the concessions for the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX), 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.