MOTORISTS in the south of Metro Manila can start using the P2.01-billion Daang Hari-South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) link during a two-day dry run on July 21 and 22 before its targeted inauguration on July 24.
“We are targeting for a soft opening on the 21st, noon time to 5 p.m., and on the 22nd, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. of this month. Inauguration is on July 24,” Department of Public Work and Highways officer-in-charge Ariel Angeles said on Monday.
The Daang Hari-SLEX link, now known as the Muntinlupa-Cavite expressway (MCX), was awarded to Ayala Corp. through AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp.
As concessionaire of the project, Ayala Corp. is responsible for the finance and construction of Segment I while for Segment II, it will be responsible for the finance, design, and construction of the link.
The project is a highway linking Cavite to Metro Manila through the SLEX and was the first contract auctioned off under the Aquino administration’s private-public partnership (PPP) scheme.
It involves the construction of a new four-kilometer, four-lane toll road from the junction of Daang Reyna and Daang Hari in Las Pinas/Bacoor, Cavite to SLEX through the Susana Heights Interchange in Muntinlupa, traversing the New Bilibid Prison reservation.
The proposed link-road will use the Susana Heights Interchange as exit and entry from the north and south of SLEX, and will include the construction of a new bridge or widening of the existing bridge crossing SLEX as well as the expansion of the Susana Heights toll plaza.
The project is under the DPWH and is a build-transfer-operate (BTO) contractual agreement with a concession period of 30 years.