By Tyrone Jasper C. Piad, Inquirer Business

Metro Pacific Tollway Corp. (MPTC) is eyeing to open the 3.9-kilometer Silang, Aguinaldo interchange of its Cavite-Laguna Expressway (Calax) before the year ends.

The Calax subsection, which connects the expressway’s operational stations from Mamplasan, Laguna to Aguinaldo Highway in Silang, Cavite, is 56 percent complete.

Ongoing work for the new interchange include drainage and bridge constructions and excavation and roadway earthworks.

“The Silang, Aguinaldo interchange will help decongest the busiest highway in the province of Cavite—the 41-kilometer Emilio Aguinaldo Highway,” said Raul Ignacio, president and general manager of MPTC subsidiary MPCALA Holdings Inc.

Tagaytay access

“Motorists from Manila going to the famous tourist destinations of Silang and Tagaytay, Cavite, will surely benefit from this upcoming project as it offers convenience and shorter travel time,” he added.

MPTC sees the new interchange as an alternative exit of Calax for motorists from Metro Manila going to Tagaytay City. It is about 16 kms away from the popular tourist destination.

By next year, Calax also aims to complete the construction of other interchanges including Open Canal, Governor’s Drive and Kawit.

The toll road’s current 14.24-km operational segment covers Greenfield-Mamplasan, Laguna Technopark, Laguna Boulevard, Santa Rosa-Tagaytay and Silang East.

Calax is a public-private partnership between the Department of Public Works and Highways and MPCALA Holdings.

MPTC, a subsidiary of Pangilinan-led Metro Pacific Investment Corp., holds concession rights for the Manila-Cavite Expressway, North Luzon Expressway (NLEx), the Subic-Clark Tarlac Expressway, the NLEx Connector Road and the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway.