Getting around Metro Manila is now a lot easier. Particularly, there is now a faster and more convenient way of getting from Taguig to Pasay and vice versa. Rather than spending hours in traffic along the West and East Service Roads, simply take the newly-opened C-5 South Link toll road.

Merville to C5 in minutes with newly opened C5 South Link image

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) officially opened a portion of the newly constructed C-5 South Link expressway this morning. In particular, C-5 South Link Segment 3A-1, a 2.2km flyover that passes over at-grade portions of the Skyway and the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx), was opened, allowing motorists to easily cross from Merville to C-5 or vice versa, towards their destination. 

For now, use of the C-5 South Link section from Merville to C-5 will be toll-free and remain free of charge for a month until the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) gives the approval for toll fees. At 8 PM tonight, the C-5-bound lane will be made open to the public. The Merville-bound road will be open a few days after. 

Merville to C5 in minutes with newly opened C5 South Link image

Though it might be only 2.2 kilometers long, the newly opened section is one of the most crucial parts of the C-5 South Link. It is expected to free up traffic in the area as motorists who take the Service Roads now have a faster and more efficient means of getting to C-5 and driving to Taguig, Pasig and Quezon City, and vice versa. Instead of taking around 45 minutes to an hour through the previous route, the newly opened segment is expected to cut down travel time to approximately 10 minutes.

The C-5 South Link will have three lanes in each direction and is expected to serve around 8,000 vehicles per day. 

Merville to C5 in minutes with newly opened C5 South Link image

Once complete, the C-5 South Link expressway will stretch a total of 7.7 km directly connecting C-5 to CAVITEX. With that in mind, we will soon be able to drive from Taguig all the way to Coastal Road in far less time. Together with the newly opened section of Skyway Stage 3 and with Build, Build, Build in full swing,  we will soon be able to get to places around the country much faster.