Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway Opens on July 24


The Muntinlupa-Cavite expressway (MCX), formerly the Daang Hari-South Luzon expressway link road project, will be finally opened to motorists Friday, July 24.

MCX is the first Public-Private Partnership (PPP) road project under the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III.

The first public-private partnership road project under the current administration will open days ahead of President Benigno Aquino III’s final State of the Nation Address.

MCX is a 4-kilometer, 4-lane toll road that is part of a network of tollroads such as the South Luzon expressway (SLEX); North Luzon expressway (NLEX); Manila-Cavite toll expressway (CAVITEX); Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union expressway (TPLEX); and the Cavite-Laguna expressway (CALAX) project.

The soft opening of MCX is set from July 21 to 22, and will be fully operational by Friday, (July 24).

MCX File PhotoMCX shall serve as an alternative route from Metro Manila to Cavite and vice versa, cutting travel time by an average of 45 minutes and decongesting traffic in Cavite, Las Piñas, and Muntinlupa area.

It will also provide new access to the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) property in Muntinlupa City, which is intended to be redeveloped into a mixed commercial, residential, and institutional estate.

“We’re optimistic that the completion of this tollroad would improve CALABARZON’s (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon) competitiveness as an investment destination,” said Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson.

The P2-billion ($44.20-million) MCX PPP project is under the public works department, with Ayala Corporation as the private proponent. Renaming the project to MCX is for “descriptive, catchy, and easy brand recall” purposes, Ayala said in a presentation in November last year.

It involves the construction of two segments: Segment 1 which starts at junction Daang Hari-Daang Reyna, Elliptical Road or Rotunda, kilometer (km) 0+000 and ends in Sta. 2+300; and Segment 2 from 2+300 and ends at SLEX near Susana Heights Interchange, km 4+000.

Formerly the Daang Hari-SLEX link road project, renaming the project to MCX is for “descriptive, catchy, and easy brand recall” purposes, Ayala says in a presentation.

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