by Fred John Santos, MAY 2021
MAY 11, 2021– Department of Public Works and Highways, Hon. Secretary Mark A. Villar along with executives from MPCALA Holdings Inc. (MCHI) inspects the progress of CALAX Subsection 5, which is slated to be opened to motorists this third quarter of 2021.
CALAX Subsection 5 is a 7.2km, 2×2 lane expressway that will link Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road to Silang, Cavite. Once operational, this section of CALAX is expected to serve 5000 vehicles daily, helping decongest traffic along Governor’s Drive, Aguinaldo Highway, and Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road.
Seen during the drive-through inspection are toll structures of the upcoming Silang East interchange, and other miscellaneous works being conducted to ensure road quality and safety of motorists in the expressway.
“I am very pleased that despite the mobility challenges brought about by the pandemic, construction for CALAX Subsection 5 remains on track and would soon be made available to motorists in the third quarter of 2021. It is a vital portion of CALAX that would help accelerate economic progress of Region IV-A, as it links the two provinces of Cavite and Laguna,” stated DPWH Secretary Villar.
MPCALA President and General Manager, Robert V. Bontia further shared that as of date, CALAX Subsection 5 is already 94% completed. Like DPWH, they look forward on the segment helping spur growth to the community and the Region.
Simultaneously, MPCALA and DPWH have started and have reached 18.3% construction progress of the next 2.8km CALAX Subsection 4 which will link Aguinaldo Highway to the upcoming Silang East interchange and this segment is set to be completed by 2022.
“DPWH continues to exert full effort in the acquisition of right-of-way for all the remaining segments to be able to deliver the project by the end of 2022”, added DPWH Secretary Villar.
The currently operational segments of CALAX run from Mamplasan to Sta. Rosa, Laguna and serves around 10,000 vehicles daily.
Upon completion, CALAX will span 45-kilometers with eight (8) interchanges at the following locations: Kawit, Governor’s Drive, Open Canal, Silang (Aguinaldo) Highway, Silang East, Santa Rosa-Tagaytay, Laguna Boulevard, and Laguna Technopark. It shall serve about 45,000 vehicles while cutting travel time between Cavite and Laguna from 2 hours to under an hour.
MPTC holds the concession rights for the CALAX, Cavitex, C-5 Link Expressway, North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), NLEX Connector Road and Harbor Link, Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), Subic Freeport Expressway (SFEX) and 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.