A unit of Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. tapped FF Cruz Construction Inc. to construct the first phase of Cavitex C5 South Link.
“We hope to start construction this month. Our contractor FF Cruz is already notified,” Cavitex Infrastructure Corp. president Luigi Bautista said.
“With the guidance of TRB [Toll Regulatory Board], we are having weekly coordination meetings already to agree on the traffic management plan with Somco [Skyway O&M Corp.],” he said. Somco operates and maintains the Skyway project.
Construction of the first phase of Cavitex C5 South Link was supposed to start in July last year to link C5 and Merville, Parañaque by way of a flyover. The second phase, which would start in 2017 to link Merville and Cavitex, would cost P9.5 billion.
Cavitex C5 South Link will allow residents from Cavite, Las Piñas and parts of Parañaque to avoid Edsa and take a direct link between C5 and Cavitex.
Bautista said the new expressway which was expected to be completed in 2019 would add 40,000 to 45,000 vehicle traffic per day, on top of the 130,000 vehicles currently using Cavitex.
C5 South Link will ultimately connect with R1 Expressway (Coastal Road) and provide fast, safe and convenient travel for motorists going to and from Parañaque, Las Piñas and Cavite and for Paranaque residents in Multinational, Moonwalk and Merville villages.
Bautista said the new expressway would not only decongest the villages of Parañaque but would also provide easier travel from Taguig, Makati, Pasay, Pasig, Quezon City and other northern areas to Manila, Las Piñas and Cavite province.
It will also provide relief for vehicles using the congested Edsa and C5 Road arteries. When completed, the expressway will provide a seamless connection to Cavitex road network and to Cavite-Laguna Expressway which is slated for completion in 2020.