Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar announced the opening of the first section of the Cavitex C5 Southlink — the 2.2-kilometer flyover crossing South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) traversing Taguig and Pasay City during ribbon-cutting ceremonies held at the site on July 23, 2019. “We are supportive of road engineering solutions for everyday problems. This is a vital project that will cut travel time in half from the usual 1.5 hours spent to cross from Villamor Airbase, Pasay area to Taguig City. With 3 lanes in each direction of this flyover, passage of the anticipated 8,000 vehicles will be eased when they use the flyover starting 8:00PM sharp tonight”, said the youthful and active DPWH Secretary.
The 1.6 Billion Peso Cavitex C5 Southlink flyover is now accessible to vehicles plying between Fort Bonifacio, C.P. Garcia (C5), Taguig City, Parañaque City, Las Piñas City and Pasay City. The alignment features the bridge that crosses Metro Manila Skyway (at-grade) and South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). The C5 Link flyover is expected to reduce vehicular traffic in Sales interchange near Villamor Airbase. The flyover is also expected to decongest SLEX East and West Service Roads and EDSA.
This is the second public-private partnership with Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) to open this year following the successful completion of the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 in February 2019. PRA General Manager Janilo Rubiato also announced his support on the completion of the project. “As grantee of the franchise to operate the Manila-Cavite Toll Expressway Project (MCTEP), the PRA will continue to contribute to President Rodrigo Duterte’s aggressive infrastructure initiatives and the expansion programs of its joint venture partner, CIC.”
A promise of a better and more efficient road network awaits motorists and residents of neighboring cities when the 7.7-kilometer C5 Link Expressway comes to its full completion. CIC President Roberto V. Bontia foresees Cavitex C5 Link Expressway to be the choice thoroughfare for about 50,000 vehicles daily as customers experience the ease of travelling south of the Metro Manila from Paranaque Toll Plaza to C5 in Taguig City in under ten minutes. “We take small but sure steps at a time, today we open our flyover, the construction of the next 2.1 km section between Merville and Sucat, Las Piñas City will soon start, and eventually connect to the Paranaque side of Cavitex by 2022.”
On the matter of day to day operations, “We would like to let our motorists know that our toll, safety and traffic operations are primed, we guarantee to give them best customer service as we always do in CAVITEX, NLEX and SCTEX.” underscored Bontia. Aside from the Cavitex and Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) network in the South of Manila, MPTC’s portfolio includes the concessions for the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), the Subic-Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), the NLEX Connector Road, and the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) in Cebu.