CALAX Subsection 5 opening 3rd quarter

Published May 12, 2021, 5:30 AM

by Emmie V. Abadilla

The Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) Subsection 5, a 7.2km, 2×2 lane expressway linking the Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road to Silang, Cavite, is now 94 percent complete and will be opened to motorists this third quarter, 2021.

This section of CALAX will cut travel time to Silang from the current one hour to 30 minutes and serve 5,000 vehicles daily, Department of Public Works and Highways, Secretary Mark A. Villar noted Tuesday, (May 11) during inspection.

“I am very pleased that despite the mobility challenges brought about by the pandemic, construction for CALAX Subsection 5 remains on track,” according to Villar.

Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar with executives from MPCALA Holdings Inc. (MCHI) inspects the progress of CALAX Subsection 5.

The subsection will decongest traffic along Governor’s Drive, Aguinaldo Highway and Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road.

“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,” he added.

Already, operator MPCALA and DPWH 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.

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”, says 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 interchanges at Kawit, Governor’s Drive, Open Canal, Silang (Aguinaldo) Highway, Silang East, Santa Rosa-Tagaytay, Laguna Boulevard, and Laguna Technopark.

It will 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.