Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar announced the opening of the first section of the Cavitex C5 Southlink — the 2.2-kilometer flyover crossing South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) traversing Taguig and Pasay City.
“We are supportive of road engineering solutions for everyday problems. This is a vital project that will cut travel time in half from the usual 1.5 hours spent to cross from Villamor Airbase, Pasay area to Taguig City. With 3 lanes in each direction of this flyover, passage of the anticipated 8,000 vehicles will be eased when they use the flyover starting 8 p.m. sharp tonight.” Villar said in a statement.
The PHP1.6-billion C5 Link flyover is now accessible to vehicles plying between Fort Bonifacio, C.P. Garcia (C5), Taguig City, Parañaque City, Las Piñas City, and Pasay City.
The alignment features the bridge that crosses Metro Manila Skyway (at-grade) and South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).
The C5 Link flyover is expected to reduce vehicular traffic in Sales interchange near Villamor Airbase. The flyover is also expected to decongest SLEX East and West Service Roads and Edsa.
This is the second public-private partnership with Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation to open this year following the successful completion of the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 in February 2019.
Philippine Reclamation Authority general manager Janilo Rubiato also announced his support to the completion of the project.
“As a grantee of the franchise to operate the Manila – Cavite Toll Expressway Project (MCTEP), the PRA will continue to contribute to President Duterte’s aggressive infrastructure initiatives and the expansion programs of its joint venture partner CIC,” he said.
A promise of a better and more efficient road network awaits motorists and residents of neighboring cities when the 7.7-kilometer C5 Link Expressway comes to its full completion.
CIC president Roberto V. Bontia said he foresees Cavitex C5 Link Expressway to be the choice thoroughfare for about 50,000 vehicles daily as customers experience the ease of traveling south of the Metro Manila from Parañaque Toll Plaza to C5 in Taguig City in under 10 minutes.
“We take small but sure steps at a time, today we open our flyover, the construction of the next 2.1 km section between Merville and Sucat, Las Piñas City will soon start, and eventually connect to the Parañaque side of Cavitex by 2022,” Bontia said.