Good news for big bikers passing through the Cavite and Laguna areas. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) have formally opened the Silang East Interchange section of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) to motorists.
The newly inaugurated portion of the 45-kilometer CALAX has stretched its operating sections from 10km to 14.24km, which will allow faster travel from Mamplasan in Biñan, Laguna, going to Silang East before exiting at Tibig Road in Silang, Cavite.
The Silang East Interchange is expected to serve some 5,000 motorists daily. Traffic congestion along Governor’s Drive, Aguinaldo Highway, and Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road can now be avoided. “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,” says MPTC South president and general manager Roberto Bontia during his inaugural speech.
Meanwhile, here’s the toll matrix for the operational portions of CALAX (depending on the entry and exit points), as approved by the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB):
- Class 1 vehicles - from P14 to P64
- Class 2 vehicles - from P29 to P128
- Class 3 vehicles - from P43 to P192
The automatic tollway collection system of CALAX uses Easytrip RFID stickers. Once completed, the entire CALAX will have several interchanges in Kawit, Governor’s Drive, Open Canal, Silang-Aguinaldo Highway, Silang East, Santa Rosa-Tagaytay, Laguna Boulevard, and Laguna Technopark. Travel time between Cavite and Laguna is expected to be reduced to about an hour from the usual two-hour journey.
The CALAX is considered one of the most advanced tollways in the country. It is equipped with LED lighting and renewable solar energy systems to address the power needs of toll plazas, equipment, and the operations management center.
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