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CALAX targets to operate partially by July

CALAX TARGETS TO OPERATE PARTIALLY BY JULY

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CALAX targets to operate partially by July

A unit of Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC) aims to open a portion of the Laguna section of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) by the third quarter and is hoping to start the development of the Cavite section in a few weeks.

MPCALA Holdings Inc., the private concessionaire for the project that will link the Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEx) to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx), said they intend to start partial operations of the toll road before July ends.

“The first 10 kilometers…from Mamplasan up to Santa Rosa Tagaytay Road…, we are targeting to open by July this year,” MPCALA Holdings President Roberto V. Bontia said in a text message on Sunday.

When asked for the company’s timetable for the Cavite section, he said the start of construction is assumed “either last week of March or first week April.”

“Our right-of-way team said we only need 3 more PTEs (permit to enter) in subsection 3 of the Cavite side of CALAX for us to ground break,” Mr. Bontia added.

The P35.43-billion CALAX is a 45.29-kilometer expressway that aims to decrease travel time between CAVITEx and SLEx to 45 minutes from the current 90 minutes. The concession agreement between the government and MPCALA Holdings includes a toll fee of P4.50 per kilometer or P45 for the first 10 kilometers that will start on the Laguna segment.

News source: Business World

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