By Louella Desiderio (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 6, 2016 - 12:00am
MANILA, Philippines - Infrastructure projects C-5 South Link Expressway and the Integrated Transport System (ITS)-Southwest are set to break ground today.
Cavitex Infrastructure Corp. (CIC) president Luigi Bautista said the company is looking to hold the groundbreaking for the C-5 South Link Expressway.
Earlier, Bautista said construction of the first phase of the C-5 South Link Expressway could begin by July after the groundbreaking and the approvals are secured from the Toll Regulatory Board and the Department of Public Works and Highways.
Phase 1 of the C-5 South Link Expressway which costs P2.5 billion, covers C-5 Road in Taguig until Moonwalk and Merville villages in Sucat, Parañaque.
Phase II meanwhile, covers Merville to Coastal Road and is estimated to cost around P7.5 billion.
The new expressway which is targeted for completion in 2019, is seen to provide ease in travel from Taguig, Makati, Pasay, Pasig, Quezon City and other northern areas to Manila, Las Piñas, and Cavite province, as well as give relief to travellers using congested EDSA and C-5 Road arteries.
It will likewise provide a seamless connection to Metro Pacific Investments Corp.’s Manila-Cavite Expressway (Cavitex) road network, and to the 45-kilometer Cavite-Laguna Expressway (Calex) awarded to the group under the public-private partnership (PPP) program and is slated for completion in 2020.
CIC is a unit of MPIC which is involved not just in toll roads but also in water, hospitals, power generation and distribution, and rail.
Apart from CIC’s C-5 South Link Expressway, the ITS-Southwest PPP project of MWM Terminals, a consortium of Megawide Construction Corp. and WM Property Management Inc., is also set to break ground today.
The P2.5 billion PPP project involves the design, construction and financing of an ITS terminal within a site area of 4.59-hectares along Cavitex.
The facility will have passenger terminal buildings, arrival and departure bays, public information systems, ticketing and baggage handling facilities, and park-ride facilities.
Through the project, passengers coming from the Cavite side would be connected to other transport systems such as the future Light Rail Transit Line 1 South Extension, city bus, taxi, and other public utility vehicles that are serving inner Metro Manila.