By KRIS BAYOS
July 16, 2012, 8:04pm
MANILA, Philippines — The concessionaire of the Cavite Expressway (Cavitex) expressed interest in extending the highway to Laguna province and Tagaytay City.
Cavitex Infrastructure Corporation (CIC) and PEA Tollway Corporation president Andrew Deyto said they are interested to bid for the recently-approved P19.69-billion Cavite-Laguna (Cala) Expressway project of the Department of Public Works and Highways.
DPWH said the planned Cala Expressway will link the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) to the Manila-Cavite Coastal Road, now referred to as Cavitex, through a 41.8-kilometer toll road.
The project will entail the construction of two expressways, with a four-lane 27.5-kilometer highway originating from Kawit in Cavite and another four-lane 14.3-kilometer at-grade expressway originating from Cabuyao in Laguna. The Cala expressway will be connected to the SLEx via its Sta. Rosa interchange. Deyto said the CIC will bid for the project, especially as the project can be considered an extension of Cavitex.
“We are interested to bid for the Cala expressway,” Deyto said, even before the DPWH confirmed that the Investment Coordination Committee (ICC) of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) has finally approved the project.
Similar to extending Cavitex to Laguna, Deyto said they are also planning to extend Cavitex, which now runs from the corner of Roxas Boulevard and Airport Road in Paranaque City to Kawit in Cavite, up to Tagaytay City. He said the extension could lie along Noveleta, Alfonso or Ternate or Maragondon, and Nasugbu, Batangas.