Portion of Cavite-Laguna Expressway to open in October – DPWH

Robie de Guzman   •   September 3, 2019   •   1789

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is eyeing to open the first 10-kilometer portion of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) in October.

This CALAX segment starts from Mamplasan exit of South Luzon Expressway to the Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Interchange, according to the DPWH.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said this portion of the toll road is expected to serve around 10,000 motorists daily and ease the heavy flow of vehicles passing Governor’s Drive, Aguinaldo Highway and Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road.

“So ‘yung mga pupuntang Laguna, ‘yung mga pupunta sa Tagaytay, puwede na nilang gamitin ito, mas mabilis ito,” Villar told reporters following the inspection and drive through on the road Tuesday.

CALAX is a four-lane, 45-kilometer expressway which will connect Cavite Expressway (CAVITEx) in Kawit to South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) at the Mamplasan exchange in Biñan City, Laguna. It will have eight interchanges in Kawit, Daang Hari, Governor’s Drive, Aguinaldo Highway, Silang, Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay, Technopark, Laguna Boulevard and a toll barrier before SLEx.

The entire road project is expected to be completed before the end of the term of President Rodrigo Duterte in 2022.

Once it is completed, Villar said the usual two-hour travel time from SLEx to CAVITEx will be reduced to 45 minutes to an hour.

It is seen to benefit growing industrial, commercial and real estate centers in the Southern Tagalog region. RRD (with details from Correspondent Benedict Samson)

DPWH to conduct road reblocking on EDSA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will conduct road reblocking and repairs on EDSA beginning Friday (July 23) at 11:00 p.m.

In an advisory, the DPWH announced EDSA Caloocan (Southbound) before Mariano St. and Congressional Avenue near corner Ayshire St., Bahay Toro will be closed beginning Friday. The affected road will be fully passable by 5:00 a.m. on Monday, July 26.

Motorists are advised to take alternate routes instead.

Meanwhile, two roads in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) are already passable after the department conducted road clearing earlier today. A portion of Marcos Highway in Taloy Sur, Tuba, and a portion of the Abra – Kalinga Road were unpassable early Friday due to soil collapse brought by monsoon rains. AAC

DPWH to resume weekend repair works on EDSA

Maris Federez   •   July 16, 2021

 MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced on Friday that it will continue its road reblocking activities along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) this weekend.

In an advisory, DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar said that the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has given them approval to undertake EDSA road repair starting 11 p.m. Friday, July 16, 2021.

Repair activities on EDSA will cover the southbound direction before Mariano Street, 2nd lane from sidewalk in Caloocan City using one (1) day curing concrete mix, the advisory said.

This shall be under the responsibility of the DPWH Metro Manila 3rd District Engineering Office (DEO).

“Motorists are advised to take possible alternate routes due to expected traffic slowdown in affected areas, until road sections re-opened at 5 a.m. Monday, July 19,” the advisory said. —/mbmf

Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge set to be completed by end of July

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge is set to be completed by end of July, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The P1.46-billion bridge project will have four lanes crossing the Pasig River in Metro Manila. It connects Estrella Street in Makati on the south bank of the Pasig River, and is connected to Pantaleon Street in Mandaluyong City.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar reported that the finishing works is underway for the said project.

Undersecretary for UPMO Operations Emil K. Sadain said that complete layers of asphalt concrete base, binder and wearing course on the 146 meters main bridge and 66 meters Makati approach bridge are almost done.

“Having put up the upper layer, bridge expansion joints are now being installed to allow for continuous traffic between the bridge and the interconnecting abutment structures. These expansion joints are designed to adjust the bridge length accommodating movement or deformation by external loads, shrinkage, or temperature variations,” according to the DPWH.

Villar said that the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted the construction activity of various flagship infrastructure projects but the department remains focused in delivering completion and opening of the bridge. AAC

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