CLLEX 25km segment may be fully operational by mid-2023

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A section of the Central Luzon Link Expressway. Photo from DPWH.
  • A section of the Central Luzon Link Expressway that connects Tarlac and Nueva Ecija provinces up to San Juan, Aliaga, Nueva Ecija, is targeted to be operational before mid-2023
  • DPWH is working on an additional 7-kilometer segment from the Guimba-Aliaga Road intersection to the San Juan Interchange that will extend to 25 km the already accessible 18-km section of CLLEX
  • DPWH is also building three interchanges, namely those at Zaragoza, Aliaga and San Juan, which will allow motorists from the secondary and provincial roads to access CLLEX
  • The project will cut the current 70-minute travel time between Tarlac City and Cabanatuan City to just 20 minutes

The 30-kilometer Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEX), which connects the provinces of Tarlac and Nueva Ecija, should be operational up to San Juan, Aliaga, Nueva Ecija towards mid-2023, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

DPWH Senior Undersecretary Emil Sadain said the DPWH Unified Project Management Office–Roads Management Cluster 1 is currently working to complete an additional 7-kilometer segment from Guimba-Aliaga Road intersection to San Juan Interchange that will extend to 25 km the already accessible 18-km section of CLLEX.

The segment’s completion will leave unfinished only 5 km of CLLEX linking Tarlac City and Cabanatuan City.

CLLEX starts at the connection of Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway/Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway.

The DPWH-UPMO, along with the Nueva Ecjia First and Second District Engineering Offices, are also continuously working on the processing of right of way claims.

DPWH blamed the delayed reimbursement or payment of affected property on the difficulty of ROW claimants to comply with all the documentary requirements or problems on submitted documents to establish proof of ownership and other issues.

The most common of these problems are cancellations of encumbrance/s on the land titles and payment of corresponding estate taxes for the registered deceased landowners and the change of creditor’s name.

Other than the four-lane, two-way expressway with design speed of 100 kilometers per hour, DPWH is constructing three interchanges, namely at Zaragoza, Aliaga and San Juan, that will allow motorists from secondary and provincial roads to access CLLEX.

When completed, 30-km CLLEX Project will facilitate fast, safe, comfortable and reliable travel in Central Luzon, as it is an important east-west link of the expressway network of Region 3 to ensure a seamless traffic flow for motorists from Metro Manila and vice versa passing through North Luzon Expressway, Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway/Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway.

The project will shorten the usual travel time of 70 minutes between Tarlac City and Cabanatuan City to just 20 minutes.

The project is funded through an official development assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency and is part of the Luzon Spine Expressway Network projects that would cut by more than 50% the travel time from the Ilocos Region in Northern Luzon to Bicol region in Southern Luzon through the construction of a high-standard highway network.