1st CALAX segment to open ahead of ‘undas’ weekend

The first segment of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) will be opened to motorists next week, just in time for the expected influx of passengers for the upcoming four-day All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day weekend holiday.

Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said that the first 7.4-kilometer segment of the expressway will be passable to motorists on October 30.

“We will open the entry and exit points at Mamplasan, Biñan Laguna, and Sta. Rosa- Tagaytay Road. It’s a long weekend, and apart from paying respects to the dearly departed, I’m sure a lot of families would want to take advantage of this time to do some bonding in Tagaytay, Batangas and Manila,“ Villar said.

He said that from the 45-minute travel time from Mamplasan to Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road, the opening of the first segment will cut it down to approximately 10 minutes. Villar said that around 10,000 vehicles are expected to pass through the two access points.

Villar said that it is imperative to open the 45-kilometer stretch of CALAX by June 2022 in order to decongest Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road, Governor’s Drive, and Aguinaldo Highway.

“We are in close coordination with the DPWH. Together we align with the different stakeholders and update them of the developments in the construction, inform them of the features of the expressway and the benefits that CALAX will bring to the areas it will traverse,” MPCALA president and general manager Bobby Bontia said.

CALAX is designed as a four-lane tolled expressway that will link CAVITEX in Kawit to the South Luzon Expressway at its Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna.

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