Following the full opening of the Laguna section, MPCALA Holdings, Inc., a unit of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), has started preparatory works on the Cavite side of the 45-kilometer Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX).
The Laguna side, the 10.7-kilometer (km) stretch between Mamplasan Entry and Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Interchange, was fully operational on February 9 after being partially open since October 30 last year, MPCALA said in a statement.
“The end-to-end opening of the first segment of CALAX is imperative to reduce traffic congestion in various parts of Laguna, specifically Laguna Boulevard and Aguinaldo Highway,” MPCALA president and general manager Roberto Bontia said.
The first section has been serving about 10,000 vehicles daily, the toll road operator added.
“Now that all lanes are accessible, it serves as a viable option for motorists given the growing traffic demands in the area,” Bontia said.
MPCALA has also started collecting toll from motorists using the 10.7-km Laguna segment after being toll free in the first three months of partial operations.
Meanwhile, the Cavite segment spans 35 km from Kawit, Cavite and traverses the Imus Open Canal, Governor’s Drive, Dasmariñas, Aguinaldo Highway and Silang. It will connect to the Laguna segment from Sta. Rosa, exiting to Mamplasan, Biñan, Laguna towards South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).
The Cavite segment, which will complete the entire 45.3-km CALAX, is being eyed for completion by the second quarter of 2022.
The 45-km CALAX is designed as a tolled four-lane expressway connecting Manila Cavite Expressway (Cavitex) in Kawit, Cavite to SLEX at their Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan. CALAX will have interchanges in eight locations, namely, Kawit, Imus Open Canal, Governor’s Drive, Aguinaldo Highway, Silang, Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay, Laguna Blvd., and Technopark, with a toll barrier before SLEX.
CALAX will showcase technologically advanced features such as an automatic license plate recognition system enabling barrier-less entry to CALAX, strategically installed IP-based speed detection cameras, and high-definition CCTV cameras that cover the entire stretch of the expressway to ensure safe and efficient travel by the motorists.