By Glen S. Ramos
TARLAC City — The four (4)-lane 30-kilometer expressway project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) connecting Tarlac City, Tarlac to Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija known as the Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEX) Project funded by the loan agreement with Japan International Cooperation Agency is now 94 percent completed.
Secretary Mark A. Villar said that the first 18-kilometer section of the ₱11.811 Billion will soon be accessible to the motoring public this coming July 2021.
From the connection of SCTEX and TPLEX in Balingcanaway, Tarlac City, the contract packages covering Tarlac Section and Rio Chico River Bridge Section with a total length of 10.5 kilometers was fully completed while construction of 9.2 kilometers Aliaga Section of the expressway is 87 percent finished.
The expressway project will shorten the usual travel time of 70 minutes between Tarlac City and Cabanatuan City to just 20 minutes.
Villar stated that the CLLEX Project when completed will facilitate fast, safe, comfortable, and reliable means of transport in Central Luzon as it forms an important east-west link for the expressway network of Region 3 to ensure a continuous seamless traffic flow for the motoring public from Metro Manila and vice versa passing thru NLEX, SCTEX/TPLEX. (AI/MTVN)