MPT South to construct Cavite portion of Calax when it gets ROW

METRO Pacific Tollways South Corp. (MPT South) may start constructing the Cavite portion of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (Calax) as soon as it receives a “substantial” portion of right-of-way (ROW), a company official said.

Luigi L. Bautista, the company’s president, said his group hopes to receive about 40 percent of the Cavite easement before it can start the construction of the expressway.

“We have yet to receive substantial right-of-way to allow us to start. We hope to get about 10 kilometers [km] to 11 kilometers of the 28 kilometers to start,” he said in an interview.

The company tapped Leighton Asia to build the Cavite side of the expressway, which involves the construction of a 28-km, four-lane expressway.

Construction of the segment was initially seen to start this quarter.

For the Laguna side, the company has started building the seven bridges and the embankment walls for the main carriage way.

DM Consunji Inc. was tapped for the 18-km segment.

The P34.5-billion facility will start from Cavite Expressway in Kawit, Cavite, and end at the South Luzon Expressway-Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna.

The project will involve building a four-lane expressway from these two points through congested residential and industrial areas in Kawit, Imus, General Trias, Dasmariñas and Silang in Cavite, through to Santa Rosa and Biñan in Laguna.

The project will have eight interchanges and one main toll barrier.

Construction is expected to be completed by 2020, while operations and maintenance would be from 2020 to 2050.