MANILA -- The Manila-Cavite Expressway (Cavitex) has opened a portion of its flyover to help ease traffic congestion in the southern part of Metro Manila going to Cavite province.

The southbound flyover will provide an alternative route between Pacific Ave. and Cavitex, according to its operator, the Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC).

“The main highlight of the flyover is that we have removed the stop-and-go scheme for vehicles heading northbound and southbound, especially vehicles heading Macapagal Blvd. The stop light and the stop-and-go scheme was one of the main reasons for the heavy traffic in Cavitex,” the MPTC said in a statement Friday.

The firm advised motorists that Pacific Ave. will be closed to southbound traffic starting on Saturday (August 4). Motorists going to Cavitex should take the MIA Road entry.

Two out of the four lanes of the flyover were opened last Wednesday for southbound motorists. It was partially opened in preparation for Phase 1 of the enhancement project being implemented by the Cavitex Infrastructure Corp. (CIC), a concessionaire of the MPTC.

The CIC is investing about PHP1.1 billion on the Cavitex enhancement project, which aims to ease traffic in the thoroughfare.

The first phase involves the road widening from the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) to Zapote Road, costing about PHP800 million and is set to conclude this month or early September.

Once completed, the section will have four operational lanes each.

The second phase involves the widening of the bridges along Wawa, Las Piñas and Parañaque with a budget of PHP300 million, and is slated to begin by September and will be completed by April or May next year.

The Cavitex currently handles an estimated 145,000 vehicles per day. It is part of a road network being expanded by MPTC that will connect to the 7.7-km. C5-Southlink, which will traverse Taguig, Las Piñas, Parañaque and the 45-km. Cavite-Laguna Expressway (Calax) up to Mamplasan, Biñan, Laguna.

MPTC is a subsidiary of the Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (PR)