The first 10-kilometer segment of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) was partially opened by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) last October. Fast forward to a couple of months later, the new southern tollway is set to finally become fully operational.
Initially, CALAX was opened to the public only from 6am to 6pm from Sundays thru Thursdays, and until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. It has since extended its daily operating hours to 12 midnight in order to service more motorists. Now, DPWH secretary Mark Villar has announced that the thoroughfare will be open to the public 24/7 starting this week, and the agency and MPTC are doing all they can to make this happen right in time for Christmas day.
“I have requested the concession company, MPCALA Holdings to keep this section open and so that our holiday goers can continue to enjoy this shortcut from Manila to Tagaytay City. We all know that Tagaytay City is a traditional Christmas holiday destination of our kababayans and this is our way of making their family road trips as convenient as possible,” said Villar.
“We are happy to support DPWH Sec. Villar’s request and we assure our motorists of continued hassle-free travel this Christmas season,” said MPCALA Holdings president Roberto Bontia.
As of writing, we still have no word yet on when the other interchanges along the first 10km segment will open or when all lanes of the expressway will finally be usable. What the agency did clarify was that motorists may enjoy toll-free passage until this coming February. The fees, on the other hand, will be set at around P4.50 per kilometer.
What do you think? Will you be using this tollway this holiday season?