Thinking of going to Tagaytay or Batangas via CALAX to deliver donations or check up on relatives? You’ll have to look for an alternate route as the partially-opened expressway will be temporarily closed on several dates.
From January 28 to 31 and on February 4 to 7, the Cavite-Laguna Expressway will be closed to motorists. Why? According to CALAX officials, they will be conducting clearing operations, as well as continue construction on several portions of the expressway.
However, they will not be closed all throughout the mentioned dates. Instead, they will only be closed to motorists from 1:00 AM until 4:00 AM. Afterwards, the expressway will be opened once more to the public.
Since Taal Volcano’s recent eruption, ashfall has affected portions of CALAX. Just last January 14, ash from the volcano reached the expressway and turned into mud after rain showers covered the area. With it, clearing and cleaning operations were conducted immediately in order to make CALAX safe for motorists to use. But with the volcano still spewing ash, CALAX might still need to do cleaning and clearing operations in the future.
Currently, only the first 10 km of CALAX is open to motorists. Opened last October 31, 2019, the first segment begins at the Mamplasan Barrier, passes through the Laguna Technopark Interchange and then traverses the Laguna Boulevard Interchange all the way to Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Interchange (N420). However, this portion is just one-fourth of the entire CALAX system which will span a total of 45 kilometers.
When completed, it will have eight interchanges: namely Kawit, Daang Hari, Governor’s Drive, Aguinaldo Highway, Silang, Santa Rosa - Tagaytay, Laguna Boulevard, Technopark, and the Mamplasan Toll Barrier near SLEX. For now, there is no toll fee and motorists can freely use the first 10 kilometers.