DPWH urged to to resolve ROW issues hobbling CALAX development pronto

The local government of Silang, Cavite is calling on the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to immediately resolve the right-of-way (ROW) issues that have delayed the completion of the Cavite Laguna Expressway (Calax).

CALAX is a project of MPCALA, a subsidiary of the MVP Group’s Metro Pacific Tollways Corp.

“We are very willing to help MPCALA and the national government to fasttrack the opening of the Calax Silang (Aguinaldo) interchange. Right now, we’re setting up a meeting with the owner of the land to discuss the right-of-way issues. We’re hoping we can get a compromise agreement before the end of the year,” Silang mayor Kevin Anarna said in a statement.

So far, only 64 percent of the Calax Silang (Aguinaldo) Interchange subsection has been completed. One critical portion for the completion of the expressway is the delivery of about 450 meters of land, owned by a private corporation.

Anarna said the delay in completion of the CALAX interchange has prevented them from attracting more tourists and investors and from constructing inner roads.

The fifth of the eight segments of the 45-kilometer (km) expressway spans at 3.9-km, with a 2×2 lane expressway from Silang East Interchange to Aguinaldo Highway in Cavite. Upon its completion, this subsection is expected to serve more motorists, including some 298,000 residents of Silang.

Current average daily traffic is 33,000 from Mamplasan to Silang East interchange. This is projected to increase to 40,000 when the Silang (Aguinaldo) Interchange finally opens, thus, easing the usual bottleneck along the 41-km Aguinaldo Highway—the busiest main thoroughfare in Cavite— as well as Governor’s Drive and Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road.

Anarna said the completion of the CALAX Silang (Aguinaldo) Interchange is very important as they prepare for the international horticulture events to be hosted by Silang in January and April next year.

“We want to be known as the ‘Botanical Garden of the Philippines,” Anarna said.

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