THE Cavite-Laguna expressway or CALAx is a 44.69 kilometer-four-lane toll expressway that connects Metro Manila to and from Cavite, Laguna and Batangas provinces.
It takes 45-minute end to end travel time from end point of Cavitex expressway in Kawit, Cavite to South Luzon Expressway in Mamplasan, Biñan City, Laguna.
It has nine interchange access points in Kawit, Imus City, Dasmariñas City, and Silang in Cavite; and Sta. Rosa and Biñan City, Laguna.
It decongests the traffic congestion on Aguinaldo Highway and Tagaytay-Sta. Rosa road.
It has so far created jobs for construction workers, skilled professionals, toll tellers, security guards and operations and maintenance personnel. In 2014, when it started, there were so many right-of-way issues to be resolved.
About to be completed through the leadership of Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, the CALAx will slowly benefit the combined population of 11 million people and reinvigorate industries in Cavite, Laguna, and Batangas.
It will bring faster logistics of goods and services to and from Metro Manila and CALABARZON’s ecozones, technoparks, storage and warehouses.
Southern Luzon provinces will likewise have faster access to the airports, seaports, and container terminals.
It will drive more tourists to important but still undiscovered historical, religious, and natural sites located in Southern Luzon and will generate jobs-creating new investments, businesses, industries, tourism, resorts, communities, schools, medical and wellness facilities, etc. in Southern Luzon.
Workers and students residing in Cavite, Laguna and Batangas will now have quicker access to and from Metro Manila where they work and study.
There is no doubt: the CALAx is stimulating anew the potential of Southern Luzon industries.
This is a key to the success of the country’s economic rebound from the pandemic health and economic crises.
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