July 12, 2020 at 07:05 pm
Darwin G. Amojelar
The Department of Public Works and Highways said it expects the National Economic and Development Authority board to approve “very soon” the P22.4-billion Cavite-Tagaytay-Batangas Expressway.
“We’re looking to expedite the CTBEx with the NEDA. In fact, I’m talking with NEDA Secretary [Karl] Chua to fast track all the necessary informations. So, we are focused on that,” Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said.
“We hope very soon. We would like to expand the road network in the south,” he said.
Once it was approved by the NEDA board, the proposed CTBex project would undergo Swiss Challenge.
CTBEX is a 50.4-kilometer expressway that will connect Cavite and Batangas, with a spur road to Tagaytay City and ultimately terminating in Nasugbu and another spur road to Tuy, Batangas.
The government granted the original proponent status for CTBEx to Metro Pacific Tollways South Corp. in July 2018.
CTBEX is seen to decongest about 23,000 vehicles daily from the current thoroughfares.
The project will start at Silang East Interchange of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway. The alignment will traverse the towns of Silang, Amadeo, Mendez, Alfonso and Tagaytay in Cavite and Nasugbu in Batangas.
MPCALA Holdings Inc., a subsidiary of MPTC is also constructing the P35-billion Cavite-Laguna Expressway―a four-lane, 47-kilometer closed-system toll expressway connecting Cavitex and South Luzon Expressway.
The expressway will start from Cavitex in Kawit, Cavite and end at SLEX-Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna.
MPCALA Holdings opened to the public the Laguna segment of the Cavite Laguna Expressway in October 2019.
Parent Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. is building the NLEX-SLEX Connector Road, an 8-kilometer, four-lane toll road linking the North Luzon Expressway and South Luzon Expressway, passing through Metro Manila and using the existing Philippine National Railway alignment as the route.
The MPIC Group operates North Luzon Expressway, Subic-Tarlac Expressway and Manila-Cavite Toll Expressway.