MPCALA Holdings Inc., a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. is set to open two new interchanges of the Laguna segment of the Cavite Laguna Expressway (CALAX) by August 18.
“I am very happy that this BBB project has progressed despite the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Community Quarantine affected the mobilization of construction, the manpower that oversee the coordination to secure the service roads and the overall timeline of the project. We have carefully navigated through this situation and we are ready to open these interchanges to the public at 12:01AM on August 18,2020,” Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said.
“It is really a delicate balance as we aim to reach more milestones of this project, while keeping our people, the community and the construction sites safe,”he added.
With these interchanges operational, motorists can enjoy access to and from the Laguna Technopark and have an alternative route to and from Nuvali via Laguna Boulevard and South Boulevard, thus decongesting Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road and other local service roads in the area.
“About 10,000 cars per day are currently served by the Laguna Segment, and these interchanges are added catalysts for the much needed economic activity at all levels, it will allow the flow of output of goods and services that people utilize thereby spurring growth in the community and the region.” Villar said.
Bobby Bontia, MPCALA Holdings president said these interchanges will open in full electronic mode to help stem the spread of Covid-19. Safety is our highest priority for both our motorists and personnel. Operating the interchanges using 100 percent RFID will eliminate cross contamination of the virus which may spread through bills and coins used in cash payments.
“By November the whole of CALAX will be on RFID technology,” he added.
The whole stretch of CALAX has nine interchanges in the following locations; Kawit, Governor’s Drive, Aguinaldo Highway, Silang, Santa Rosa-Tagaytay, Laguna Boulevard, Laguna Technopark, and a Toll Barrier before SLEX. The CALAX is 45-kilometer, 4-lane expressway that will soon connect the Manila-Cavite Expressway Kawit City, Cavite to the South Luzon Expressway at Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan. Rates are based on the per kilometer rate approved by the TRB in February of 2020.