January 08, 2017 at 07:48 pm
Darwin G. Amojelar
A unit of Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. said it expects to start next month the construction of the first phase of the Cavitex C5 South Link.
“The remaining issues are right of way and the construction traffic management with Citra/Somco. With the help of TRB [Toll Regulatory Board], we are ready to start construction next month,” Cavitex Infrastructure Corp. president Luigi Bautista said.
Cavitex asked San Miguel Corp. and the Citra group of Indonesia, the operator of South Luzon Expressway, for a permission to build a flyover across SLEx, but the two companies have yet to sign the memorandum of agreement.
The three other signatories―Public Works Department, Transportation Department and Cavitex Infrastructure―already signed the deal.
Bautista said the company had a meeting Thursday with TRB and the operator of SLEx.
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 to and from C5 to 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 Parañaque villages, 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 of the metropolis.
When completed, the expressway will provide a seamless connection to Cavitex road network and to Cavite-Laguna Expressway slated for completion in 2020.
The new C5 Link is envisioned to spur further economic development in Parañaque and in Cavite and Laguna provinces by providing a safe and convenient link from the central and northern parts of Metro Manila to the high-growth industrial and residential centers in Southern Tagalog.
MPTC also operates the North Luzon Expressway and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway.