Pending right-of-way issues and construction traffic management plans, the C5 South Link Expressway of Cavitex Infrastructure Corporation (CIC) is set to commence construction this year.

The 7.7-kilometer long expressway will connect C5 road to the Manila-Cavite Toll Expressway and is expected to be fully operational by 2019. It will include a 2x3 lane carriageway, an R1 Expressway (Coastal Road) interchange, Sucat toll barrier, Merville ramp and a flyover.

Phase 1 is the construction of a flyover that will connect C5 to Merville Subdivision in Paranaque and will cost Php 2.5 billion.

Phase 2 connects Merville Subdivision to Cavitex, virtually linking Paranaque to the province of Cavite and will cost Php 7.5 billion.

C5 South Link Expressway will also connect to R1 Expressway in order to speed up the commute of motorists and travelers from Paranaque, Las Pinas and Cavite by allowing them to bypass EDSA.

An estimated 45,000 vehicle traffic per day will be serviced by the C5 South Link Expressway and that will count on top of the current 130,000 vehicles already using Cavitex on a daily basis.

“C5 South Link is part of the solution to the traffic congestion in Paranaque, Las Pinas and Metro Manila in general,” said CIC president Luigi Bautista.

The long-term plan will also include the connection of C5 South Link Expressway to the Cavite-Laguna Expressway that is slated to be open by 2020.