MANILA, Philippines – A segment of the C5 South Link Expressway is set to be opened for motorists next month, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said Thursday.
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the construction of Segment 3A-1 is currently being fast-tracked to meet the target date of opening on July 23.
The Segment 3A-1, which spans CP Garcia in Taguig City to Sucat in Parañaque City, is envisioned to decongest the East and West Service roads, as well as Sales Road.
Once the 2.2-kilometer segment opens, Villar said, this will help about 5,000 vehicles easily cross from Villamor in Pasay to Taguig via Fort Bonifacio in three minutes from the current 1.5 hours.
It will have three lanes and two interim toll plazas for both ends of the expressway. A toll of about P20 to P22 is expected once the new segment is opened.
The Segment 3A1 is part of the 7.7-kilometer South Link tollway stretch connecting C5 to Merville, Sucat and Cavite Expressway (Cavitex).
“Usually ‘yung mga taga-South kapag pupunta sa C5, iikot pa sila eh. It would take 45 minutes from R1, they have to pass through a portion of Edsa going to Taft iikot ka pa. Pero ngayon, diretso na ‘yung 7.7 kilometers. Ibig sabihin, siguro in 10 minutes you will be [able to traverse] from Coastal to C5,” Villar said.
The C5 South Link Expressway project is expected to reduce the number of vehicles along Edsa by 50,000. It is expected to be completed by year 2020. (with details from Benedict Samson)