When the first section of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) opened last year, it made traveling to the south so much easier and more convenient. Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), the developer behind this new toll-road, has plans of making this expressway even better, as the company continues development in the south. Expected to open in the third quarter of 2021, Subsection 5 of CALAX is a 7.2-kilometer section which connects Sta. Rosa, Laguna to Silang, Cavite.
At present, the entirety of CALAX spans from Mamplasan to Sta. Rosa. When the Sta. Rosa-Silang section opens, it would add an additional 7.2 kilometers of scenic road to the already impressive expressway. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is currently inspecting the final stages of construction. DPWH and MPTC have stated that Subsection 5, or the Sta. Rosa-Silang section is around 83-percent complete.
The newest section of CALAX will serve as a crucial element in easing vehicular traffic in the CALABARZON area, specifically in major thoroughfares such as Governor’s Drive, Aguinaldo Highway, and Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road. With an estimated volume of 5,000 vehicles per day, the entire CALAX, all the way from Mamplasan to Silang, has the potential to drastically reduce travel time from around one-and-a-half hours to less than one hour.
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar stated that the finishing touches of CALAX Subsection 5 are going smoothly for the most part. The only drawback the team is currently facing would be the right-of-way (ROW) acquisition in the area. Once the Sta. Rosa-Silang section of CALAX has been completed, the remainder of CALAX from Kawit, Cavite to Biñan, Laguna is expected to be completed in a little over a year. This brings the entire stretch of the newly developed tollway to an impressive 45 kilometers.