MANILA – A ten kilometer segment of Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) was opened to the public on Wednesday in time for Allah's Day.
Motorists can also enjoy the new road free of charge while the regulators decide the charges.
Public Works Secretary Mark Villar and Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. officials formally opened Mamplasan to the Santa Rosa segment in CALAX this morning.  Villar said they wanted to open the Laguna segment of tolls before November 1
"So ito pinilit talaga namin matapos sa Undas dahil alam naman namin na grabe yung traffic pag Undas. Hopefully, makakatulong din ito sa traffic lalo sa mega papuntang Batangas at papuntang Tagaytay," Villar said in a Facebook video.
(We have really pushed for this to be clear before all weekend holidays because we know how bad traffic can be right now. Hopefully this will help people go to Batangas and Tagaytay.)
CALAX's Laguna segment is expected to serve about 10,000 vehicles per day, reducing travel time between Mamplasan in Biñan City and Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road to 10 minutes from 45 minutes, Villar said.
Metro Pacific's MPCALA Holdings Inc (MPHI), which is building the road exit, said a lane in each direction of the CALAX Laguna segment will be open from 6am to 10pm until November 2.
From November 3, the segment will be open from 6pm to 6pm. from Sunday to Thursday, and from 18 to 10:00 on Fridays and Saturdays.
A speed limit of 60 kilometers per hour will also apply.
"This will only be temporary until the remaining work for these first subsections is completed," MPHI President and General Manager Bobby Bontia said in a statement.
MPHI said that full access to the completed lanes as well as 24-hour toll operation will be possible when the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Toll Regulatory Board grant them relevant permits and certifications.
When the 45 kilometer long CALAX is completed, CAVITEX will connect in Kawit, Cavite to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) at the Mamplasan interchange in Biñan Laguna.
CALAX will have 4 lanes in each direction and switch to 8 locations. It will also include technologies such as automatic registration system for registration plates that enable barrier-free entry, IP-based speed detection cameras and high-resolution CCTV cameras, MPHI said.
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