A portion of an expressway connecting Tarlac City and Nueva Ecija will be open by May 15 and will be free for use to motorists until June, the public works chief said Wednesday.
Within the next 90 days, the 18-kilometer section from the connection of SCTEX and TPLEX in Balingcanaway, Tarlac City up to Aliaga Interchange of the Central Luzon Link Expressway CLLEX Project Phase 1 will be substantially completed, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said.
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The four-lane 30 kilometer CLLEX Phase 1 will slash travel time between Tarlac City and Cabanatuan City from 70 minutes to just 20 minutes.
"The 4.10-kilometer Tarlac Section and 6.40-kilometer Rio Chico River Bridge Section including 1.5-kilometer Rio Chico Viaduct are already completed, while the 9.20-kilometer Aliaga Section and 10.30-kilometer Cabanatuan Section, 78.46 and 85.04% accomplished, respectively", Villar said.
The P11.811-billion project is part of the Build, Build, Build program. It also aims to provide farmers from Nueva Ecija a way to deliver their crops to markets in Central Luzon and Metro Manila.