We featured a progress update video of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) last June. Earlier today, we headed down south ourselves to check out how construction has progressed in the last months.
In case you haven’t heard of CALAX (that’s okay, it’s really far south, we understand) then let us give you a bit of context on this project. This expressway is a four-lane, 45-kilometer tolled access road that will serve as the connecting thoroughfare between Kawit, Cavite and the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). As we mentioned in our previous story, the eight interchanges along CALAX will be built in the following locations: Kawit, Daang Hari, Governor’s Drive, Aguinaldo Highway, Silang East, Santa Rosa–Tagaytay Road, Laguna Boulevard, and Laguna Technopark. There will also be a toll barrier that will be built right before the SLEX entry point.
During an ocular inspection with Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC)—subsidiary of MP Cala Holdings, Inc.—and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), we were able to see the ongoing construction firsthand. DPWH secretary Mark Villar told us that the agency is looking to open the first segment of CALAX to the public this coming October. The first 10-kilometer stretch will span from the Mamplasan toll barrier all the way up to the interchange in Silang East, Cavite.
“Opening this first segment will be beneficial to the growing industrial, commercial and real-estate centers of this part of the Southern Tagalog Region,” said Villar. “About 10,000 cars are forecasted to be served, eventually decongesting Governor’s Drive, Aguinaldo Highway, and Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road. We are nearing the opening this October. Despite some challenges in the ROW (Right of Way) acquisition which kept us from delivering earlier as we hoped, we are addressing these challenges in order to keep to the timeline and deliver the full 45km by early 2022. Once completed it will only take 45 minutes from the usual two-hour travel time taking the same route and about 50,000 cars will experience this convenience.”
Meanwhile, MP Cala Holdings, Inc. president Bobby Bontia says that CALAX will not only provide seamless travel between the areas around Cavite and Laguna, but will also feature state-of-the-art technology that will improve safety and security for motorists. “Among the features of CALAX will be the installation of Automatic License Plate Recognition System enabling barrier-less entry. IP Based Speed Detection Cameras will also be strategically installed together with HD CCTV coverage for the entire stretch of the expressway which will further ensure safety of the motorists. There will be gasoline stations, retail outlets, convenience stores, restaurants, along with security, and maintenance centers to address the needs of every motorist who would pass through our toll road,” Bontia added.
Are you looking forward to this project’s completion? You might need to wait a bit more for that. In the meantime, check out some photos from this morning’s drive.