MPCALA Holdings Inc. has announced the opening of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) Silang East Interchange.
The newly opened 5-kilometer stretch in Cavite is part of the 45-kilometer CALAX project slated to be fully operational by 2023.
Key officials attended the opening ceremony, including cabinet members from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Transportation (DoTR). Local officials from Cavite were also in attendance.
With the opening of the Silang East Interchange, motorists can now use the expressway to travel from Biñan City in Laguna to Silang, Cavite. When CALAX is fully completed, the travel time between Laguna and Cavite will reportedly be cut from 2 hours to less than an hour.
CALAX is accessible from Metro Manila through the Mamplasan Exit of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). The SLEX is connected to the Skyway system, which services Metro Manila and nearby areas.
According to MPCALA, the new interchange can accommodate around 5,000 motorists a day, helping relieve traffic from other congested areas such as Aguinaldo Highway and the Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road.
The 45-kilometer CALAX will service the areas of Kawit, Imus City, Dasmariñas City, General Trias City, Silang, Santa Rosa City, and Biñan City. Upon completion, motorists can expect a total of 8 interchanges in Kawit, Governor’s Drive, Open Canal, Aguinaldo Highway in Silang, Silang East, Santa Rosa-Tagaytay, Laguna Boulevard, and Laguna Technopark.
As for toll rates, the Toll Regulatory board has approved the following prices: P14 to P64 for Class 1 vehicles, P29 to P128 for Class 2 vehicles, and P43 to P192 for Class 3 vehicles. The rates vary depending on the entry and exit point within CALAX.
It remains to be seen whether CALAX will be completed by the promised 2023 date. The project was originally set to open in 2022, but the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic forced a delay. When CALAX is completed, it will connect to Kawit via the Cavite Expressway.