DPWH Secretary Mark Villar made true to his promise that the newly-constructed (Segment 3A) C5 Southlink will be opened by the end of this month. In fact, they are ahead of schedule. The newly-built flyover will now connect Coastal Road (CAVITEX) and C5 Road, to the benefit of tens of thousands of vehicles daily.
According to the MPTC representatives (Metro Pacific Tollways Corp.), the C5-bound lane will be open to the public starting tonight at 8 PM, while the Merville-bound lane will be opened in the next few days, pending the finishing touches of the flyover. And good news, they said, is that toll fees are WAIVED until next month or until the Toll Regulatory Board approves the final toll computation and fees.
When asked if this will be a limited-access tollway, Sec. Villar reiterated that only 400cc and above motorcycles are allowed to use the C5 Southlink. “I think for big bikes ok naman. The policy is 400cc and above and we'll stick to that policy,” said Sec. Villar.
On the issue of Kaingin Road, where the 6-lane C5 Extension bottlenecks into just 2 lanes, causing massive gridlocks, Paranaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said that they are working to resolve right-of-way issues with the help of the DPWH. Soon it will translate to seamless travel for vehicles coming to and from C5 Extension.
The C5 Southlink Project (Segments 2 and 3) is a toll road project approximately 7.70 kilometers long with a 6-lane (2x3) expressway, stretching from R-1 Expressway (CAVITEx) to SLEx/ C5 and cost Php 12.645 Billion to build.