New road network to open this week

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The Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway (MCX) is now open to the public, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio Singson on Tuesday.

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The MCX, which is also known as Daang Hari-South Luzon Expressway Link Road, is a four-kilometer, four-lane toll road that will connect the City of Bacoor in Cavite to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).

“The Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway will be fully operational on Friday, July 24, 2015, after its inauguration. Its soft opening is scheduled July 21-22,” Singson said.

The P2-billion MCX road link is a PPP project of DPWH with Ayala Corporation as its private partner.

A memorandum of agreement on the Interoperability and an accompanying addendum of the MCX were signed by the MCX Tollway Inc., which is a subsidiary of the Ayala Corporation, the South Luzon Tollway Corp. and Manila Toll Expressway Systems Inc. on July 21, 2015.

The MOA on Interoperability and the addendum provide the framework that will govern the interface and integration of the technical operations and toll collection systems between MCX and SLEX, to ensure road users have a seamless travel access between the two road networks, said Ayala Corporation in a statement.

“We are optimistic that the completion of this toll road would improve Calabarzon’s (Calamba-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon) competitiveness as an investment destination,” Singson added.

The MCX shall serve as an alternative route from Metro Manila to Cavite and vice versa, cutting travel time by an average of 45 minutes and decongesting traffic in Cavite, Las Piñas, and Muntinlupa.

Likewise, it will provide new access to the National Bilibid Prison property in Muntinlupa City, which would be developed into a commercial, residential, and institutional estate.

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