DPWH Secretary Mark Villar (left) is joined by Metro Pacific Tollways South Corp. president Luigi Bautista (center) during an inspection of the progress of construction of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway yesterday.
Construction of Cavite-Laguna Expressway on schedule
Ramon Efren Lazaro (The Philippine Star) - July 15, 2018 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar expressed optimism that the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAx) project will be completed as scheduled in 2020 as he personally checked yesterday the progress of construction.

The CALAx is a 45.29-kilometer four-lane toll road that starts from CAVITEX in Kawit, Cavite and ends at the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX)-Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna with eight interchanges and one main toll barrier.

It also has a bridge component of 12,207 meters inclusive of 4,618 meters of viaduct.

The project is part of the Public-Private Partnership Program of the government and is being implemented by private concessionaire MPCALA Holdings, Inc. of the Metro Pacific Group.

Villar said during the inspection the construction and acquisition of road right-of-way (ROW) for CALAx are being fast tracked to complete the project by the planned 2020 deadline.

“To date, 96 percent of Letter Offer have been served to the land owners, 81 percent of the signed Deeds of Absolute Sale (DOAS) and Expropriation Cases have been submitted to the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) and 21 percent of the Permits to Enter/Writ of Possessions have been issued,” Villar noted. 

“The construction of the 18-kilometer Laguna segment, which starts from the Aguinaldo Interchange and ends in Mamplasan Interchange of SLEX in Biñan, Laguna is 13.8 percent completed while the 27-kilometer Cavite Segment will soon begin,” he added. – With Evelyn Macairan 

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