By Emmie V. Abadilla
The P800-million enhancement of the Manila-Cavite Expressway’s (Cavitex) will be completed by end of this July or early August, J. Luigi L. Bautista, President and CEO of proponent Cavite Infrastructure Corporation (CIC) announced during yesterday’s project inspection.
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar, inspected the ongoing construction of a flyover on the southbound lane, and road widening on both directions of the expressway.
“Cavitex, being the gateway to the Cavite, Laguna and Batangas provinces, responds to the challenges of progress,” he noted.
“More cars pass Cavitex year on year, a sign that Region 4A continues to boom, and is likely to become a highly progressive and viable area for more investments. The various enhancement projects in Cavitex will improve travel time here by around 20 to 30 minutes,” according to the DPWH secretary.
The Cavitex enhancement project aims to ease traffic in the area and respond to the traffic congestion being experienced by motorists.
The decongestion strategy of CIC comes in two phases.
The first phase costs about P400 million and covers the road widening from MIAA to Zapote, as well as the Southbound Flyover on the intersection of Pacific Avenur.
The second phase, worth about the same, consists of the bridge widening at the Wawa, Las Piñas area.
“These enhancement projects started late last year and were slated to finish by August 2018, but we will complete them within July 2018,” Bautista explained.
“On top of these, we are also adding 15 tollbooths – 3 on the northbound direction, 2 on the southbound direction, and 5 portable booths each on the north and south sides of the Parañaque toll plaza. This will effectively double our throughput capacity.”
“About 140,000 cars pass Cavitex at different periods of the day and we would like each one of them to have a good experience to take with them afterperiods of the day, and we would like each one of them to have a good experience to take with them after passing our expressway,” the CIC President added.
The Cavitex is the start of a road network being expanded by the Metro Pacific Tollways Soith, a subsidiary of the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation.
It will connect to the 45 kilometer Cavite-Laguna Expressway until Mamplasan, Biñan, Laguna, giving motorists more travel options.