MPCALA Holdings Inc., a Metro Pacific tollway corporation, and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) plan to open a 7.2-kilometer (km) stretch of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) project in June.

“Ang aim ng Silang section ay June (We want to open the Silang section) in June, the last week of June,” DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar said during a virtual briefing on Tuesday.

The 7.2-kilometer CALAX segment links Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road to Silang, Cavite.

“’Pag naapos ito… ang travel time from SLEX to Aguinaldo or Silang na dating isang oras, magiging 30 minutes na lang (Once done, the travel time from South Luzon Expressway to Aguinaldo or Silang would be reduced from an hour to 30 minutes),” he said.

“Once operational, this segment of CALAX is planned to service 5,000 vehicles a day, assisting in the decongestion of traffic along Governor’s Drive, Aguinaldo Highway, and Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road,” MPCALA Holdings said in an e-mailed statement.

According to Mr. Villar, this segment of CALAX is projected to help drive economic growth in Region IV-A.

The first CALAX segments that are currently in operation run from Mamplasan to Santa Rosa in Laguna.

Every day, about 10,000 cars are serviced by the operating segments.

The CALAX project is divided into eight sections: Kawit to Open Canal (section 1), Open Canal to Governor’s Drive (section 2), Governor’s Drive to Silang (section 3), Silang to Silang East (section 4), Silang East to Santa Rosa (section 5) and Santa Rosa to Mamplasan (section 6). (subsections 6, 7 and 8).

If completed, the P35.43 billion project is projected to reduce travel time between the Manila-Cavite Expressway and the South Luzon Expressway from 2.5 hours to 45 minutes.

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