The Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX or CALAEX) is a 4-lane 45.29 kilometer closed-system tolled expressway connecting Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX) and South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). It starts from the CAVITEX in Kawit, Cavite and ends at the SLEX-Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is managing it under a public-private partnership (PPP) project with a build-transfer-and operate (BTO) structure. It aims to provide faster, safer, more comfortable, and more reliable route between Bacoor and Kawit, Cavite and SLEX, thus enhancing trade and socioeconomic activities around them. It also aims to support national development policy and provide efficient transport facilities to the Eco-zones in Cavite and Laguna and to improve the competitiveness of Region IV-A/CALABARZON as an investment destination. CALAX also reduces the travel time from CAVITEX to SLEX by about 45 minutes.
CALAX has a toll barrier before SLEX and it has the following subsections:
- Cavitex Connection to Open Canal Interchange
- Open Canal Interchange to Governor’s Drive Interchange
- Governor’s Drive Interchange to Silang (Aguinaldo) Interchange
- Silang (Aguinaldo) Interchange to Silang East Interchange
- Silang East Interchange to Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Interchange
- Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Interchange to Laguna Boulevard Interchange
- Laguna Boulevard Interchange to Laguna Technopark Interchange
- Laguna Technopark Interchange to Mamplasan Toll Barrier
CALAX project concessionaire is MPCALA Holdings Inc., a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, the tollway arm of conglomerate Metro Pacific Investments Corporation. MPCALA, which was tasked to design, construct, fund, operate, and maintain the expressway, has the right to collect toll fees. DM Consunji was tasked to build the Laguna section of the Cavite-Laguna project in Marh 2017 while Leighton Asia was tasked to construct the Cavite section of the CALAX.
The CALAX project started in July 2017 – with a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the Cavite section in March 2019 – and will be completed by July 2022. Subsections 6,7, and 8 partially opened to traffic on 30 October 2019. A Temporary Operator's Permit (TOP) was issued on 10 February 2020 for subsections 6,7, and 8. Subsection 5 was open to traffic on 24 August 2021. The contractor for Cavite Segment Subsection 1 already mobilized.
As of 25 October 2021, the overall accomplishment for construction are the following:
- Subsection 6,7,8: 100%
- Subsection 5: 100%
- Subsection 4: 31.872%
- Laguna Segment: 90.907%
- Cavite Segment: 6.16%
- Whole alignment of CALAX: 39.24%
|Construction Cost (includes Civil Works, DED, Construction Supervision, Project Management, etc.)||Php 25.253|
|ROW and Independent Consultant (50%)||Php 10.203|
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