The Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) Silang East Interchange was opened to the public on Tuesday, August 24.
Motorists can now travel from Mamplasan in Biñan City, Laguna, up to Silang East, exiting via Tibig Road in Silang, Cavite.
With the Silang East Interchange open, MPCALA Holdings, a unit of Manny Pangilinan-backed Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), has one more section left to complete the Laguna segment of the expressway.
The remaining Laguna subsection called SS 4, which will link the newly opened Silang East to the planned Silang interchanges, is eyed for completion in 2022.
MPCALA said the new interchange is seen to serve 5,000 motorists a day and help divert traffic from Governor’s Drive, Aguinaldo Highway, and the Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road.
Silang East was inaugurated by Cabinet secretaries, local government officials, and representatives from Metro Pacific Investments Corporation and MPTC.
“We are confident that we will be able to deliver majority of this high-impact project within the term of President Rodrigo Duterte,” said Public Works Secretary Mark Villar.
MPT South president and general manager Roberto Bontia reiterated on Tuesday that the entire 45-kilometer CALAX will be done by early 2023. The initial target was before 2022 ends.
Once completed, CALAX would have nine interchanges and would stretch from Kawit, Cavite, to Mamplasan, Laguna. It would traverse Kawit, Imus City, Dasmariñas City, General Trias City, and Silang in Cavite, and Santa Rosa City and Biñan City in Laguna.
Toll rates in CALAX range from P14 to P64 for Class 1 vehicles, P29 to P128 for Class 2 vehicles, and P43 to P192 for Class 3 vehicles.
Once completed, CALAX will be linked to the Cavite Expressway in Kawit. – Rappler.com