By EMMIE V. ABADILLA
SANTA ROSA, Laguna – MPCALA Holdings, Inc., a unit of the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), opened the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) First Segment, the 10.7-kilometer stretch that starts from the Mamplasan Entry and the Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Interchange, Sunday midnight (February 9, 2020).
This portion has been partially opened since October 30, 2019 and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar did a final inspection with his DPWH team and MPTC executives last December 23, 2019. On partial opening this first segment has already served about 10,000 vehicles daily.
“The end-to-end opening of the First Segment of CALAX is imperative to reduce traffic congestion in various parts of Laguna specifically Laguna Boulevard and Aguinaldo Highway,” noted MPCALA Holdings, Inc. President and General Manager Roberto V. Bontia.
“Now that all lanes are accessible, it serves as a viable option for motorists given the growing traffic demands in the area.”
Preparations to start construction on the Second Segment (Silang to Kawit) has begun this 2020. The 45-kilometer CALAX is a 2×2 lane expressway that will soon connect the CAVITEX in Kawit, Cavite to the Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna.
CALAX will have interchanges in 8 locations, namely: Cavitex Connection to Open Canal Road, Governor’s Drive, Silang, Silang East, Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay, Laguna Blvd., Technopark to Greenfield before SLEX.
It will also showcase technologically advanced features such as Automatic License Plate Recognition System enabling barrier-less entry to CALAX and compliments the RFID technology, IP-Based Speed Detection Cameras strategically installed, and High-Definition CCTV cameras to cover the entire stretch of the expressway.