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In an advisory, SMC Tollways said there will be no toll fees collected from 10 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24 to 6 a.m. on Wednesday, December 25, 2019.
The company will also waive toll fees from 10 p.m. next Tuesday, December 31, to 6 a.m. next Wednesday, January 1, 2020.
This covers the Metro Manila Skyway, Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway (NAIAx), South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR), and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX).
“Starting next week, fully operational na siya... by Monday. Pipilitin natin na fully operational na before Christmas,” Villar told reporters during the final inspection of the 10-kilometer section of CALAEx.
The Cavite–Laguna Expressway is an under-construction expressway, whose alignment is situated in the provinces of Cavite and Laguna in the Philippines.
The portion from the Mamplasan Toll Barrier to the Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Interchange was partially opened for motorists late October, with access schedule of Sunday to Thursday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and an extended time on weekends— Friday to Saturday—6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The 10-kilometer Mamplasan Toll Barrier to the Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Interchange section represents a fourth of the 45-kilometer CALAEx.
The travel time from Mamplasan to the Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road will be shortened to 10, from 45 minutes and is seen to benefit 10,000 motorists daily.
Villar said the 10-kilometer section of the toll road will be passable to motorists for free until February 2020.
Once the relevant certifications and permits have been released by the DPWH and the Toll Regulatory Board, the expressway will be fully opened for commercial operations.
The 45-kilometer CALAEx is a four-lane, expressway that will connect Cavitex in Kawit to the South Luzon Expressway at the Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna.
The DPWH targets to complete the 45-kilometer expressway in 2021.
With a previous, lingering dispute on the actual location, the DOTr settled the issue and started the construction of the Common Station, a 13,700-square meter concourse area that will interconnect the LRT-1, MRT-3, MRT-7, and the Metro Manila Subway.
"Papaano mo malalaman 'yung nagagawa kung aasa ka lang sa bunganga. Kaya ako nag-iinspeksyon, at the end of the year, gusto kong gamitin 'yung bunganga, yung mata, pati na 'yung tenga ko at nang sa ganun pwede akong gumawa ng judgement," said Secretary Tugade during the inspection.
Now under 24/7 construction, the Common Station is expected to serve approximately 478,000 passengers daily once operational by 2021.
The opening of this new Skyway ramp and lane reopening is part of the DPWH Skyway Extension project, which includes the construction of four lanes in the Sucat-to-Alabang section, with ramps leading to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).
Actual construction started September 2019 after government arrived at an agreement with SMC for an accelerated timeline, with a December 2019 target date of opening.
With this new ramp and lane reopening, traffic congestion in the South Luzon Expressway is expected to ease considerably, especially in this peak travel holiday season.
Joining Secretary Tugade in this occasion from team DOTr are Usec. for Finance Garry de Guzman, Usec. for Legal Affairs Reinier Paul Yebra, Asec. for Procurement and Project Implementation Giovanni Lopez, and Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) Chairman Abraham Sales.