C5 South Link Expressway construction on schedule, flyover over Skyway and SLEX to start in September
Parañaque, Philippines - The construction of the first section of the 7.7 kilometer, six-lane C-5 South Link Expressway Project (“C5 South Link”) of the Manila-Cavite Toll Expressway (CAVITEX) is on schedule. C5 South Link will seamlessly connect Circumferential Road 5 (C5) to CAVITEX via Merville and Sucat. The first 2.2 km section, which connects C5 to Merville, is expected to be completed by the 1st quarter of 2019.
The P10 Billion Project is expected to benefit 50,000 vehicles by decongesting Sales Road in Pasay and EDSA when it starts commercial operations. Travel time from Parañaque, Las Piñas and Cavite to Taguig will be cut to 20 to 30 minutes from the usual 1 and a half hour drive with the direct access to C5.
“C5 South Link is progressing as scheduled. When completed, the road will provide motorists from Parañaque, Las Piñas and Cavite direct access to C5. We also want to inform the public that by the end of September, we will be launching girders that will cross the at-grade portion of Skyway and South Luzon Expressway. This is a critical activity of the Project and we expect substantial completion after the girders are installed” said Luigi Bautista, President and CEO of the Cavitex Infrastructure Corporation (CIC), the concessionaire of CAVITEX.
“We would like to seek the understanding and patience of all motorists using the Skyway and SLEX between Nichols Toll Plaza and Bicutan. We as well advise them to plan their trips and look for alternative routes. Partial closure of Skyway and SLEX during off-peak hours is necessary when we position and install the girders. For the safety of the motorists and of our construction personnel, a stop-and-go traffic with 15 minute intervals will be implemented, between 10:00PM to 4:00AM from September 29 to November 22, 2018. On-ground traffic support will be deployed to ensure motorists are assisted and guided. We are working closely with MMDA, DOTR, DPWH and the Taguig, Pasay and Parañaque LGUs on the proposed traffic management plan. The completion of the launching should allow us to complete and open the Merville section of C5 South Link by the end of March of 2019,” added Bautista.
CAVITEX is a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC). Aside from the CAVITEX, MPTC operates the North Luzon Expressway, the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, and is currently constructing the Cavite-Laguna Expressway, the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway and soon, the Connector Road.