President Benigno Aquino 3rd ground-breaking of the CAVITEX C5 South Link Project last week at the PEATC Compound, CAVITEX. The CAVITEX C5 South Link Project is a six
-lane expressway that will connect Circumferential Road No. 5 (C5) to the CAVITEX.
The P12-billion project is a joint venture of the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) and Cavitex Infrastructure Corporation (CIC) and a flagship project of the Philippine government’s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program.
The CAVITEX C5 South Link is a modern 7.7-kilometer tollway with three lanes on both sides. It aims to decongest traffic by linking major business districts in Makati and Taguig areas to the southern cities of Paranaque, Las Piñas and Cavite, targeting high value trips such as cargo trucks, vans and buses. The C5 South Link will run from the end of C5, just before entering the SLEX, to the CAVITEX near the Parañaque Toll Plaza.
“South Metro Manila is composed mostly of residential areas. Most people living here are working in Makati, Taguig and Ortigas. So during rush hour, there is a large volume of vehicles that travel daily, resulting in traffic congestion in EDSA and C5,” said CIC president Luigi Bautista.
“The CAVITEX C5 South Link will allow residents from Cavite, Las Piñas and parts of Parañaque to avoid EDSA, and take a direct link to and from C5 to the CAVITEX,” he added.
Bautista stated that aside from decongesting traffic in the south, the toll road will ultimately increase productivity and economic activity.
A study by the Japan International Cooperation Agency estimates losses from Metro Manila traffic at P2.4 billion daily, while a UP PLANADES study confirms that expressway travel significantly reduces travel time and vehicle operating costs such as repair, maintenance and fuel costs.
CIC, a company of the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), has completed Segments 1 and 4 of the Manila-Cavite Toll Expressway Project (MCTEP). Segment 1, formerly called Coastal Road, runs from MIA road up to Longos, Bacoor, Cavite. From there, Segment 2 covers another seven kilometers and ends in Kawit, Cavite, where it will connect with MPTC’s future expansion projects in Cavite province.
The first phase of the CAVITEX C5 South Link construction starts in 2016, to link C5 and Merville, Parañaque by way of a flyover. The second phase starts in 2017 where the link between Merville and CAVITEX will be constructed.
The construction, operation and maintenance of the project are projected to generate at least 1,000 jobs. When completed, the CAVITEX C5 South Link is expected to enhance property values and boost economic development in the cities of Taguig and Paranaque. When it eventually connects with Cavite-Laguna Expressway, the transport of goods and travel of people between Metro Manila and southern Luzon will become even easier by the year 2020.