Calax fully operational by 2022, DPWH says


    Another segment of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (Calax) is targeted to be operational within the third quarter and the entire 45-kilometer stretch by 2022, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

    Mark Villar, DPWH secretary, together with MPCALA Holdings Inc. (MHI) executives yesterday conducted an ocular inspection of the construction development in Calax subsection 5S from Silang East Interchange to Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Interchange.
    The 5.8-km. subsection 5 is already 83 percent complete.

    “This segment is crucial since it is expected to serve almost 5,000 cars per day, and will ease traffic along Governor’s Drive, Aguinaldo Highway, and Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road once opened. Right of way acquisition has been a challenge, so we are giving our full effort to deliver and eventually open with as little deviation to the original timeline as possible,” Villar said.

    The completed and operational segments, namely Mamplasan to Santa Rosa, are currently servicing about 10,000 vehicles daily.

    “We target to finish the whole 45 km. stretch of Calax and serve 50,000 cars before 2022 ends,” said Villar.

    Subsection 5 covers the 7.2-km. link from Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Interchange to Silang East Interchange. Ongoing works include bridge deck and pavement construction, drainage works, road furniture and sound barriers, and structures of Silang (Aguinaldo) Interchange
    “With the combined efforts of DPWH and MHI, we are optimistic and excited to open the new Subsection 5. Hence, as soon as right of way is handed over to us, we double construction efforts to avoid any unnecessary delay, while ensuring safety in the workplace,” said Roberto Bontia, president and general manager of MHI, a unit of Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC).