Motorists plying the Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay roads can expect faster travel when the first segment of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) opens next month.
The first 10-kilometer segment starting from the Mamplasan Barrier passes through Laguna Technopark interchange, then Laguna Boulevard Interchange all the way to Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Interchange up to the Silang East, Cavite interchange of CALAX.
The CALAX segment is scheduled to open to motorists in October, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
The DPWH report in early September says the opening of the first segment is expected to serve about 10,000 vehicles and eventually decongest Governor’s Drive, Aguinaldo Highway, and Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road.
The first segment is part of the 45-kilometer CALAX which is scheduled to be completed by early 2022. Once completed, CALAX will reduce travel time from Cavite Expressway to South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) for about 50,000 cars going through the same route from the current 2 hours to only 45 minutes.
MP Cala Holdings, Inc president Bobby Bontia said The CALAX will provide many features to make travel more convenient. “Faster, safer, more comfortable and a reliable route will be experienced by motorists traversing between Bacoor and Kawit, Cavite areas, and the Laguna and South Luzon areas.”
Among the features of the tolled expressway of the CALAX are:
- installation of Automatic License Plate Recognition System enabling barrier-less entry
- IP Based Speed Detection Cameras
- HD CCTV coverage for the entire stretch of the expressway
- gasoline stations
- retail outlets
- convenience stores
- security and maintenance centers
The CALAX is a four (4) lane toll road project which starts from CAVITEX in Kawit, Cavite and ends at the SLEX-Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna with eight (8) interchanges and one (1) main toll barrier. It also has a bridge component of 12,207 meters inclusive of 4,618 meters of viaduct.
Its Laguna Segment which commenced in June 2017 involves the construction of an 18-kilometer new road from Silang (Aguinaldo) Interchange to the existing Mamplasan Interchange of South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) in Biñan, Laguna.
The Cavite Segment of CALAX is 9-kilometers longer than the Laguna Segment and starts from CAVITEX Connection in Kawit, Cavite to Silang (Aguinaldo) Interchange.
The Php35.425 Billion Cavite-Laguna Expressway Project is being implemented by the private concessionaire MPCALA Holdings, Inc. of the Metro Pacific Group under Public-Private Partnership Program of the government.
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