Motorists will be glad to know that the Manila-Cavite Toll Expressway (CAVITEX) has opened two out of the four lanes of the Southbound flyover, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced in a statement today.
The DPWH hopes to reduce travel time by 15 to 20 minutes, their statement says, which is essential for those who live in the southern provinces of Cavite and Laguna but work in Metro Manila. It will also benefit road trippers going to vacation spots in Batangas and Quezon.
Phase one of the enhancement program is set to be completed by the end of August or early September, the statement adds.
It will involve the road widening from the Manila International Airport Authority to Zapote road, as well as the Southbound Flyover on the intersection of Pacific Dr.
The widening also aims to “greatly ease traffic” as the area was managed through a stop-and-go traffic light at the intersection of Pacific Drive and CAVITEX before the flyover was opened.
CAVITEX Infrastructure Corp. (CIC) president Luigi Bautista said in the same statement that over 140,000 motorists pass CAVITEX per day.
Phase two will start in September and involves the widening of bridges along CAVITEX which are at the Wawa, Las Piñas, and Parañaque areas.
The total cost of both phases is estimated at PHP1 billion (over US$18.8 million).
CAVITEX is a 14km expressway which is reachable from Manila after the south of Roxas Blvd. which exits to Bacoor City and Kawit, Cavite.