The opening of the Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX) has sure made it easier to get to and from South Luzon and Manila, providing another option over the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). However, the CAVITEX is still far from complete. As a result, the operators will soon be starting the second phase of road enhancements which includes creating additional bridge lanes along the expressway. Specifically, the Paranaque, Wawa and Las Piñas bridges will be widened from three lanes to four lanes.
In order to widen the bridges, girders will be lifted and install in both the northbound and southbound portions of the bridges. The installation will take place during the “off-hours” on February 24 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and February 25 from 12:01 AM to 4:00 AM. During the girder launching, a 30-minute stop-and-go traffic scheme will be implemented.
In order to help traffic congestion during girder launching, a counterflow lane will also be opened to Class 1 vehicles during the schedules. Motorists who take the counterflow lane are advised to follow the 60 km/h maximum speed limit imposed. As a landmark, it is the first bridge after the Paranaque Toll Plaza southbound.
Motorists are advised to switch to the electronic toll collection (ETC) system such as Easytrip RFID in order to pass through toll plazas faster.
The first phase has been open to motorists since December 2018. The second phase, which involves the creation of additional lanes along the bridges, is set to be completed by the second quarter of 2020.