The construction for the 18-kilometer Laguna Section of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) has begun with the formal groundbreaking ceremonies yesterday June 19 that was initiated by Public Works Secretary Mark Villar and attended by Budget Secretary Ben Diokno, Transportation Secretary Arturo Tugade, several Cabinet secretaries, and Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) Chairman Manny Pangilinan.
Secretary Villar said that the entire CALAX will have eight (8) interchanges and one (1) fundamental toll boundary and this will help reduce the travel time from CAVITEX to SLEX by 45 minutes.
CALAX project will have interchanges in eight locations namely, Kawit, Open Canal, Governor’s Drive, Aguinaldo Highway, Silang East, Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Rd., Laguna Blvd., and Technopark.
The project is a four-lane 44.20 kilometers closed-system toll expressway connecting Cavitex and SLEX. The project will start from the Cavitex in Kawit, and ends at the SLEX-Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan City.
MPCALA Holdings, a sub-unit of MPIC’s Metro Pacific Tollroads Corp., expects to complete construction of the tollway by 2020.
CALAX project upon completion will be the most modern toll road in the country, with the state-of-the-art operation and tolling systems and environment-friendly features.