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Construction of P15B Cavitex C-5 Link Expressway kicks off

The Cavitex Infrastructure Corporation (CIC), a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), kicked off construction efforts for the P15-billion Manila-Cavite Expressway (Cavitex) C-5 Link Expressway.

In a press conference on Tuesday, CIC President and General Manager Roberto V. Bontia disclosed that ongoing works include foundation works and other mobilization activities at Segment 3A-2.

He said ground improvements at Segment 2 at Sucat Interchange and R-1(Cavitex) Expressway are also underway.

Bontia likewise underscored that CIC targets to finish the construction of Segment 2 and Segment 3A-2 of C-5 Link Expressway by the second quarter of 2022.

“We are doubling our efforts on the construction of Segment 2 and Segment 3A-2 this beginning of 2021. With the challenges brought about by the pandemic, we will ensure to stick to the timeline as close as we can and be able to open the new segments in Cavitex C5 Link next year,” Bontia said.

With an average of 200 daily workers, CIC said strict health protocols in the construction sites are in place.

Once completed, the project is expected to serve 50,000 cars and reduce travel time to Makati and Taguig from Parañaque City, Las Pinas City, and Cavite Province from an hour to about 10 minutes.

Heavy traffic ahead

While construction is ongoing, Bontia warned that the scheduled heavy maintenance in Cavitex might cause gridlock.

“With these kinds of construction, there would be some congestion and traffic. Once this C5 link is completed, it will drastically improve the travel time,” he said.

Mobilization will start this 27 February and will last for 60 days.

The project aims at maintaining the performance standard of the expressway to improve the quality of the carriageway and drive experience of its motorists.

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Article and Photo originally posted by Tribune last February 24, 2021 2:15pm and written by Maria Romero.