The operations of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) have been expanded after the recent opening of the pathway’s Silang East Interchange section. 

The section was officially opened yesterday during a ceremony attended by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Art Tugade and Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar. 

The newly opened sub-section will serve more than 5,000 motorists daily and will help ease traffic along Governor’s Drive, Aguinaldo Highway, and Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road. It will also allow drivers to travel from Mamplasan in Biñan, Laguna up to Silang East, exiting at Tibig Road, in Silang.

MPT South President and General Manager Roberto Bontia said they’re grateful for the government’s continued trust, specifically with this project that they’ve been tasked to oversee. 

“We are grateful for the trust and continued partnership with the government of the Philippines in providing the much-needed mobility infrastructure in the form of Calax to help boost tourism and economic activity in the Calabarzon Region,” he said. 

Meanwhile, Villar said the completion of this new section means that the government is closer to connecting the northern and southern regions of Luzon.

“CALAX is included in the Luzon Spine Expressway Network—a master plan aimed at increasing the high standard highway network by three-fold. We are now closer to our dream of connecting the northernmost part of Luzon to its southernmost portion. We are confident that we will be able to deliver majority of this high-impact project within the term of President Rodrigo Duterte,” he explained. 

With the Silang East Interchange open, CALAX’s operating sections have been extended to 14.24 kilometers from 10 kilometers.

Once fully operational, it will span a total of 45 kilometers, cutting travel time between Cavite and Laguna from two hours to less than an hour. 

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