THE Department of Public Works and Highways said motorists will now be able to use the first 18-kilometer portion of the Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEX) from SCTEX/TPLEX connection in Tarlac City up to the intersection of Aliaga-Guimba Road in Aliaga, Nueva Ecija.
President Rodrigo Duterte and Public Works Secretary Mark A. Villar led the inauguration ceremony of the four lanes toll-free expressway project connecting the provinces of Tarlac and Nueva Ecija.
Also present in the inauguration were Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhiko Koshikawa, Senator Christopher “Bong “ Lawrence Go, JICA Philippines Chief Representative Eigo Azukizawa, Secretary Harry Roque, Tarlac Governor Susan Yap, and other local officials of the provinces of Tarlac and Nueva Ecija.
The initial part of CLLEX that opened were the sections covered by three contract packages — 4.10 kilometer Tarlac Section, 6.40 kilometer Rio Chico River Bridge Section including the 1.5 kilometer Rio Chico Viaduct, and Aliaga Section with up and down ramps at Guimba-Aliaga Road.
This new highway project was implemented by the DPWH Unified Project Management Office spearheaded by Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain and Project Director Benjamin A. Bautista, of UPMO Roads Management Cluster 1 (Bilateral), who worked double time to deliver the completion of the project.
CLLEX is among the key infrastructure projects with funding assistance from the Government of Japan thru Japan International Cooperation Agency in support of the Build, Build, Build program.
The entire 30-kilometer expressway project is expected to shorten the usual travel time of 70 minutes between Tarlac City and Cabanatuan City to just 20 minutes.
“More than just scenic views experienced while you drive and visit the stunning places in Central Luzon, this new highway will help ensure Philippines sustainability and development by addressing barriers in distance and mobility,” Villar said.
Duterte’s “Build Build Build” program continues to deliver its promise of creating infrastructure that improves the lives of Filipinos in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges.
While it continues to make progress, it is also setting up the foundation in terms of infrastructure for the next generation.