Your travels from Cavite to Laguna will soon be even faster. That's because the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) released a progress report for the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) Subsection 5S. The good news here is, we don't have to wait much longer for its completion.

According to the agency, the expressway extension is now at 83%. That means about six kilometers of the 7.2-kilometer link roads is complete. Right now, the agency, along with MPCALA Holdings Inc. (MHI, a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation MPTC), is working double-time to finish the road. The two are currently working on bridge decks and pavement construction, drainage works, road furniture, and sound barriers, and structures of Silang (Aguinaldo) Interchange.

"As travel restrictions are slowly but surely being lifted, this new subsection of CALAX will help accelerate economic progress in Laguna and Cavite by providing interconnection between the two provinces of Region 4-A. This segment is crucial since it is expected to serve almost 5,000 cars per day, and will ease traffic along Governor’s Drive, Aguinaldo Highway, and Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road once opened," said DPWH Secretary, Mark Villar.

Your drives from Sta. Rosa to Silang will be much faster soon image

Villar notes that there have been some difficulties along the way. Nonetheless, the Secretary remains optimistic that they will be able to finish their projects within their projected dates. For CALAX Subsection 5, they want to open it by the third quarter of 2021.

"Right of way acquisition has been a challenge, so we are giving our full effort to deliver and eventually open with as little deviation to the original timeline as possible. The completed and operational segments namely Mamplasan to Santa Rosa are currently servicing about 10,000 vehicles daily. We target to finish the whole 45km stretch of CALAX and serve 50,000 cars before 2022 ends," added Villar.

CALAX spans 45-kilometers and has eight (8) interchanges beginning at Kawit, Governor’s Drive, Open Canal, Silang (Aguinaldo) Highway, Silang East, Santa Rosa-Tagaytay, Laguna Boulevard, and Laguna Technopark. Upon completion, the PHP 24.2B, 4-lane expressway will connect the Manila-Cavite Expressway (Cavitex) in Kawit, Cavite to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) at Greenfield (Mamplasan) Interchange in Biñan, Laguna.