The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has announced that the C5 South Link Expressway project is on schedule—which, in our world of never-ending roadwork and constant delays, is very good news.
The progress update was provided earlier today by DPWH secretary Mark Villar, who inspected the project site together with members of the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) and the Cavitex Infrastructure Corporation (CIC). The project will connect Coastal Road in Parañaque City to Circumferential Road 5 (C5) in Taguig City.
"CIC is nearly halfway in terms of construction accomplishment," Villar said. "They are currently working on the 2.2km Segment 3A-1 from SLEX/C5 Road to Merville, crossing on top of PNR station by the Skyway at grade between Nichols Toll Plaza and Bicutan," he added, saying the agency expects the project's completion by March 2019.
Despite the continued progress, the DPWH says it is still working on its road right of way (RROW). As of now, the agency has acquired just 74% of the RROW in Segment 3A-2, 69% percent in Segment 2, and 17% in Segment 3B. Segment 3A-2 is the 2.1km stretch from Merville to E. Rodriguez Avenue, Segment 2 is from Sucat to Coastal Road, and Segment 3B is from E. Rodriguez Avenue to Sucat.
When the project is done, it will be a 7.74-kilometer, six-lane expressway connecting Makati City, Taguig, Parañaque, Las Piñas, and Cavite. The DPWH says travel time is expected to be reduced from one hour to just 20 to 30 minutes.