Going to Tagaytay has never been easier and faster until this expressway came into reality!
I was able to get to experience driving on CALAX for a few times when I recently had trips to Tagaytay with my friends. It was the real game-changer, easing the traffic flow in the busy Santa Rosa–Tagaytay Road which is usually used by many.
The Cavite–Laguna Expressway (CALAX or CALAEX) is a partially operational controlled-access toll expressway in the provinces of Cavite and Laguna, Philippines. The construction of the 44.63-kilometer-long (27.73 mi) expressway, which began in July 2019, costs an estimated ₱35.43 billion.
Once completed, it will connect the Manila–Cavite Expressway in Kawit to the South Luzon Expressway in Biñan and is expected to ease the traffic congestion in the Cavite–Laguna area, particularly along the Aguinaldo Highway, Governor's Drive, and the Santa Rosa–Tagaytay Road.
CALAX begins at a roundabout at South Luzon Expressway's Greenfield City (Mamplasan) Exit in Biñan, continuing west then making a reverse curve to the southwest through the undeveloped private property owned jointly by Greenfield Development Corporation and Ayala Land, Inc.
It enters the Laguna Boulevard right of way near the boulevard's intersection with Greenfield Parkway. It approaches the first toll plaza near the Verdana Homes gated community, and continues southwest, passing through a mix of developed and undeveloped areas at barangays Loma and Timbao, then turning south into barangay Biñan, where it passes near Laguna Technopark, De La Salle University – Laguna Campus and several gated communities; access for them is provided by service roads that also serve as the southbound lanes of Laguna Boulevard.
The expressway partially runs above grade, utilizing underpass bridges, mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls and a viaduct at this section to pass above major intersections and accesses.
Entering Santa Rosa, CALAX descends into grade level to cross the Silang–Santa Rosa River and clear a power line, then gently curves to the southwest to follow the Nuvali Boulevard right of way, where the expressway ascends above grade again to pass over South Boulevard, served by the Laguna Boulevard Exit.
Past the exit, it leaves the Nuvali Boulevard right of way and crosses the Silang–Santa Rosa River once again, this time the Cavite–Laguna provincial boundary into Silang. It makes another reverse curve through cornfields and ends at the Santa Rosa City Exit, a trumpet interchange which leads to Santa Rosa–Tagaytay Road. A stub section is built west of the interchange, which will connect to the Cavite segment of the expressway.
The expressway continues southwest and makes a few turns before traversing a bridge and enters a cut section, passing near the Ayala Westgrove Heights. It turns northwest and passes under Tibig Road before ending at Silang East Exit, a diamond interchange which leads to Tibig-Kaong Road. A future road will be built west of the Silang East interchange that will connect to the Cavite segment of the expressway.
The first 8.9 kilometers (5.5 mi) of the expressway has been made accessible on October 30, 2019, in time for All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. The entry and exit points at Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna and Santa Rosa–Tagaytay Road were opened to serve an estimated 10,000 cars. According to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, this will cut travel time from 45 minutes to just 10 minutes. However, the segment was supposed to be operational back in December 2018 or by February 2019.
The expressway was closed from January 28 to 31 and February 4 to 7, 2020 at 1:00 AM to 4:00 AM (PST) to give way for construction and clearing operations due to ashfalls brought by the 2020 Taal Volcano eruption.
On August 18, 2020, the Laguna Technopark and Laguna Boulevard Exits in Biñan and Santa Rosa, respectively, were opened to the public.
On August 24, 2021, the 6-kilometer (3.7 mi) section leading to the Silang East interchange in Silang, Cavite was opened to the public. However, this segment was supposed to be operational back in June 2021. Meanwhile, the section leading to the Silang interchange is expected to be completed in 2022.
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CALAX TOLL FEES
Cavite–Laguna Expressway is a closed road system, where motorists pay a toll rate based on the vehicle class and distance travelled. In 2020, motorists pay a fixed toll rate at their respective exit points when there were initially two operational toll barriers on the first 8.9-kilometer (5.5 mi) segment of the expressway:
Mamplasan and Santa Rosa City. The electronic toll collection (ETC) system on the expressway is operated by Easytrip Services Corporation and collections are done on mixed lanes at the toll barriers.
- Class 1 (Cars, Motorcycles, SUVs, Jeepneys) - ₱64.00
- Class 2 (Buses, Light Trucks) - ₱128.00
- Class 3 (Heavy Trucks) - ₱192.00
In accordance with law, all toll rates include a 12% value-added tax.
Address: MPT South Hub - Alapan II-B, Imus, 4104 Cavite
Hotline: (02) 1-35000
Facebook Page: CALAX
Twitter Account: @OfficialCALAX
OTHER TOLLWAY / EXPRESSWAY IN PH
- North Luzon Expressway (NLEX)
- South Luzon Expressway (SLEX)
- Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX)
- Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX)
- Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR)
- Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX)
- Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway (NAIAX)
- Cebu–Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX)
- Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEX)
- Quezon-Bicol Expressway (QueBEx)
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