The entire 45-kilometer Cavite-Laguna Expressway is expected to be completed by 2024, an executive of MPT South said over the weekend.
“We are still discussing with the government the right-of-way, because they committed to fully funding the ROW. Within the year, if we are able to get the properties, we can complete it by next year. It really depends on the acquisition of the right-of-way,” MPT South president and general manager Raul Ignacio said.
The Department of Public Works and Highways said the overall ROW acquisition for the CALAX project stood at 79.94 percent, with the Cavite side at 66.70 percent and Laguna side at 99.80 percent.
The DPWH earlier said that the Department of Budget and Management allocated P2 billion for the CALAX ROW this year.
Its operational segment stretches from Mamplasan in Binan, with interchanges at Laguna Technopark, Laguna Boulevard, Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road and up to Silang East Interchange.
Subsection 4 or the Silang (Aguinaldo) segment of Calax reached 65-percent completion, while more than 57 percent of the whole CALAX project was already done.
The DPWH expects to complete the Silang (Aguinaldo) Interchange by June after it secured an order from a local court in Tagaytay City to implement the writ of possession on the remaining 15,650 square meters of land needed to finish the project.
Once completed, CALAX will connect to the busiest highway in Cavite—the Aguinaldo Highway—and help decongest major thoroughfares in the province and Laguna. The interchange will serve more motorists, including the 298,000 Silang residents, given the reduced congestion.
MPCALA Holdings Inc. is a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corp., the toll road development arm of Metro Pacific Investments Corp.
MPTC is the biggest toll road developer and operator in the Philippines. Aside from CALAX and CAVITEX, it also holds the concession rights for North Luzon Expressway, NLEX Connector Road, Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway and Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway in Cebu.