WATCH | Work on CALA-X, seen to speed up travel on key south Luzon roads, starts April

Aerial view of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). means BUSINESS

MANILA - Work will start in April on a 45-km expresslane - seen to cut travel from two hours to 45 minutes between Cavitex and SLEX, and subsequently ease heavy traffic on key south roads leading to popular destinations like Tagaytay City.

Representatives of the companies involved in the Cavite-Laguna Expressway, or CALA-X, signed the contract Friday: The MP Cala Holdings, a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways, and D.M Consunji which will undertake the construction.

Under the plan, a 45-km express lane will run from Cavitex in Kawit, Cavite up to the SLEX Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna.

When completed, the expresslane will cut short traveltime  between Cavitex and SLEX from the current two hours to 45 minutes.

The goal is to complete work on CALA-X by 2020.

According to Luigi Bautista, president of MP Cala Holdings, "CALA-X will be the most modern toll road in the country. With state of the art operational toll existence and environment-friendly features. It will be the standard for customer service and definitely the new benchmark for expressway travel."

Renato Punzalan, head of tollway development and engineering at Metro Pacific Tollways Corp., said CALA-X when completed "will also reduce decongestion particularly on Governor's Drive, Aguinaldo Highway, Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay road which, we all know . . .  are heavily travelled."