A unit of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. expects to start the construction of the P34.5-billion Cavite-Laguna Expressway early next year.
MPCala Holdings Inc. president Luigi Bautista said the detailed engineering design for the Calax project would be completed this month, while the right-of-way acquisition was proceeding with the Public Works Department in charge.
“If sufficient ROW becomes available, we hope to be able to commence construction in the first quarter of next year,” Bautista said.
MPCala tapped DMCI Consunj Inc. to construct the Laguna side of the project, while Leighton Holdings of Australia would build the Cavite side.
Calax, one of the largest public-private partnership projects, involves the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of a four-lane, 47-kilometer closed-system toll expressway connecting Cavitex (Manila–Cavite Expressway) and South Luzon Expressway.
The P34.5-billion expressway will start from Cavitex in Kawit, Cavite and end at the SLEx-Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna.
Construction is expected to be completed by 2020, while operations and maintenance is set from 2020 to 2050.
Aside from Calax, the Metro Pacific group is currently constructing Segment 10 of NLEx Harbour Link, a 5.6-km elevated expressway costing P10.5 billion and running from Valenzuela City to C3 in Caloocan City. The project is expected to be completed in the second half of 2017.
Other MPIC projects are the P2.6-billion Segment 2 and 3 of NLEx Road-Widening Project to accommodate growing traffic, which started on March 9.
The project will expand the existing two-lane portion of NLEx between Sta. Rita and San Fernando to three lanes on both the northbound and southbound sides, while the current one-lane stretch between Dau and Sta. Ines will be expanded to two lanes in each direction.
The Toll Regulatory Board also issued the Metro Pacific group a conditional notice to proceed with the construction of the C5 Link Expressway, a part of the existing Cavitex network and a P10-billion project spanning 7.6 kilometers to link C-5 Road in Taugig to R-1 (Coastal) Expressway. Construction is expected to start by the first quarter of 2017 upon approval of the final engineering design.
Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. also signed a joint venture agreement with the city of Cebu and the municipality of Cordova in April 2016 to build the P27.9-billion Cebu-Cordova Bridge project. The 8.25-km bridge project, set to be completed by 2020, will connect Cebu City to Mactan Island via Cordova.
The group is also awaiting the notice of award from the Public Works Department to build an elevated expressway to connect the northern and southern toll road systems at a cost of P18 billion.