The first 18-kilometer segment of the Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEX)—from the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway/Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway connection in Tarlac City up to the Aliaga-Guimba Road intersection in Aliaga, Nueva Ecija—will be opened in July
Once fully complete, the 30-km CLLEX will shorten travel time between Tarlac City and Cabanatuan City to 20 minutes from 70 minutes
Delivery of right-of-way requirements is being fast-tracked to finish the fourth and fifth contract packages
The first 18 kilometers of the 30-km Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEX) from Tarlac City up to Aliaga, Nueva Ecija will be opened to motorists this July 2021.
The 18-kilometer segment starts from the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX)/Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) connection in Tarlac City and ends at the intersection of Aliaga-Guimba Road in Aliaga, Nueva Ecija.
The contract packages 1 and 2 covering Tarlac Section and Rio Chico River Bridge Section and with a combined length of 10.5 km are already completed, while construction of the 9.2-km contract package 3-Aliaga Section is 87% finished, said Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar.
Overall, the 18-kilometer segment is already 94% complete. Construction of the P11.811-billion road project is funded by a loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
DPWH undersecretary Emil Sadain said the delivery of right-of-way (ROW) requirements is being fast-tracked, assisted by the Office of the Solicitor General on expropriation complaints and other ROW-related cases.
“We are hopeful that we will finally secure full site possession of the remaining required ROW to allow our construction activities to go on full throttle,” Sadain added.
Expropriation proceedings with the appropriate court were initiated for properties whose owners were unable to grant the request to donate or accept the price offer for negotiated sale within a given timeframe.
DPWH said more available ROW and favorable weather condition will enable it to catch up and finish the 10.3-km contract package 4-Cabanatuan Section, which is now 88% completed.
Meanwhile, the Zaragoza Interchange Section under contract package 5 is at 26% completion and involves construction of the 113-meter Zaragoza Interchange Bridge, 4.88-km access road, two pre-stressed concrete deck girder bridges totaling 19.4 meters long, five reinforced concrete box culverts for equalizer and farm passage, and seven irrigation canals.
Once fully completed, the 30-km CLLEX will shorten the usual travel time of 70 minutes between Tarlac City and Cabanatuan City to just 20 minutes.
This new expressway will also form an important east-west link for the expressway network of Central Luzon to ensure a continuous seamless traffic flow for the motoring public from Metro Manila and vice versa passing through North Luzon Expressway, SCTEX, and TPLEX.