Portion of CALAX operational by end Oct.

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    The first segment of the 45-kilometer (km) Cavite-Laguna expressway (CALAX) project is ready to serve motorists by end of this month, according to the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH).

    At the ocular inspection of the project of MP CALA Holdings Inc. yesterday, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the 10-km Laguna portion from Mamplasan exit to Santa Rosa will be operational by October 31.

    Villar said the toll for the new road will be around P4 to P5 per kilometer or P40 to P50 for the entire stretch.

    The first section starts at the Mamplasan Barrier and passes through Laguna Technopark Interchange, Laguna Boulevard Interchange all the way to Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Interchange.

    “This first three sections from Mamplasan to Sta. Rosa when opened will spur growth in trade and tourism in Laguna and Cavite. Approximately 10,000 cars are expected to use these sections. The opening of these sections should ease traffic along Governor’s drive, Aguinaldo highway and Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay road,” Villar said.

    For the Cavite portion, the DPWH is on track to deliver bulk of the right-of-way (ROW) requirement to fasttrack the construction of the Cavite segment and achieve the target completion of the entire stretch by 2022.

    “When fully completed in 2022, travel time from Laguna and Cavite will be cut by more than half – from your usual two hours to less than one hour,” added Villar.

    The DPWH is expected to deliver 70 percent of the ROW of the Cavite portion by the end of the year from 40 percent ROW deliverables at present.

    “We are working with DPWH to complete the full 45 kms. by the second quarter of 2022,” said Bobby Bontia, president of MP Cala.

    CALAX is designed to be a four-lane  toll expressway that will connect Cavite Expressway (Cavitex) in Kawit  to South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) at the Mamplasan Interchange in Binan, Laguna.

    CALAX will have interchanges in 8 locations, namely: Kawit, Imus open canal, Governor’s drive, Aguinaldo highway, Silang, Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay, Laguna Blvd. Technopark, and a toll barrier before SLEX.

    “It will also showcase technologically advanced features such as Automatic License Plate Recognition System enabling barrier-less entry to CALAX, IP-based speed detection cameras strategically installed, and high-definition CCTV cameras to cover the entire stretch of the expressway to ensure safe and efficient travel by the motorists.” Bontia said.

    MP CALA is a unit of Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. with domestic portfolio includes the concessions of North Luzon Expressway, the Subic-Clark Tarlac Expressway, the NLEX Connector Road, Cavitex and the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway in Cebu.