Cavite section of CALAX suffers delays due to right-of-way woes

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 21) — Thousands of motorists may have to wait longer before they can pass through the Silang (Aguinaldo) Interchange of the 45-kilometer Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) as its operator faces right-of-way bottlenecks.

According to MPCALA Holdings Inc. President Raul Ignacio, the company is targeting to make it operational by next month. However, this remains "uncertain" amid issues on right of way, hampering the construction of drainage and bridge, excavation and roadway earthworks.

"The target date of opening of the Silang (Aguinaldo) Interchange has been moved several times... [But] We are still pursuing to complete the road in time for the Christmas rush to Tagaytay," Ignacio said Monday.

The 3.9-kilometer expressway traversing Silang East Interchange to Aguinaldo Highway in Cavite is the fifth of the eight segments of the CALAX.

As of Monday, MPCALA said the subsection is now 64% complete.

Once operational, the interchange is expected to boost traffic volume along the operating segments of CALAX from the current 33,000 vehicles daily to 40,000.

The official also said this could help the local economic growth of Laguna and Cavite as travel time would be reduced while "eas[ing] traffic congestion in the 41-km Aguinaldo Highway — the busiest main thoroughfare in Cavite."

Meanwhile, Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) Chief Finance Officer Christopher Lizo said the group was supposed to finish the entire stretch of the CALAX project last July 2020 if not for the right of way issues.

"We still think we can finish the project by the end of 2023," Lizo said.

MPCALA is a subsidiary of MPTC, the toll road development and operation arm of the Pangilinan-led Metro Pacific Investments Corporation.