Motorists coming from Laguna will soon be able to travel to Silang, Cavite via the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) in Q3 this year. This was confirmed by Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary, Mark Villar.
During a recent inspection of CALAX's Subsection 5 (aka Silang segment), Villar said that the construction of the 7.2-kilometer section is on track. Once complete, it will link the current Tagaytay-Sta. Rosa Road to the Silang exit in Cavite near Aguinaldo Highway. The DPWH estimates that the new segment could open anytime between July and September 2021.
“I am very pleased that despite the mobility challenges brought about by the pandemic, construction for CALAX Subsection 5 remains on track and could soon be made available to motorists in the third quarter of 2021. It is a vital portion of CALAX that could help accelerate the economic progress of Region IV-A, as it links the two provinces of Cavite and Laguna,” said Villar.
Bobby Bontia, president and general manager of Metro Pacific Tollways South (MPTS), said that work on CALAX's Subsection 5 is 94% complete. At the moment, they are completing miscellaneous works, including the construction of the drainage system, installation of road and safety features, and making the final touches on the toll structures of the upcoming Silang East Interchange.
Currently, the operational segments of CALAX run from Mamplasan in Binan to Sta. Rosa, Laguna and serves about 10,000 vehicles daily.
Once the entirety of CALAX is complete, the expressway will benefit around 45,000 vehicles. It will also reduce travel time between Cavite and Laguna from two hours to just an hour. The expressway will span a total of 45-kilometers and have 8 interchanges at the following locations: Kawit, Governor’s Drive, Open Canal, Silang (Aguinaldo) Highway, Silang East, Santa Rosa-Tagaytay, Laguna Boulevard, and Laguna Technopark.