Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar announced that two (2) of the major segment of Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEX) Project Phase 1 leading Cabanatuan City have been completed
“Construction of 4.1-km contract package (CP) 1 - Tarlac Section and 6.4-km CP 2 - Rio Chico River Bridge Section are now 100 percent finished”, said Secretary Villar.
The completed sections form part of the 30 kilometer 4 lane expressway project to connect and improve access between the two large cities of Tarlac City and Cabanatuan City implemented by DPWH Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Roads Management Cluster 1, added Secretary Villar.
According to Undersecretary for UPMO Operations Emil K. Sadain, the CP 1 also covers construction of 300 meter temporary off and on-ramp to be used as exit in La Paz- Victoria Road while CP 2 includes the construction of 1.5 km Rio Chico River viaduct, 42 meter Sta. Lucia River Bridge, 38 meter La Paz-Victoria underpass bridge.
Based on his recent ocular inspection in Nueva Ecija, Undersecretary Sadain reported that the two (2) remaining contract packages will be delivered to full completion by April 2021.
The 9.2 km CP-3 covering Aliaga section which includes the construction of 42 meter Guimba-Aliaga underpass bridge and Aliaga interchange is 77 percent completed while construction of 10.3-km CP-4 or Cabanatuan Section which also covers Cabanatuan and San Juan interchanges is 84 percent completed, said Undersecretary Sadain.
An additional 4.8-km component of the expressway project from the junction of Carmen-Cabanatuan Road is the Zaragoza Interchange section which comprises of 2.8-km access free road and 2-km interchange ramp that will cross over the embankment of CLLEX main expressway by an overpass.
CLLEX Project, Phase 1 begins from the connection of SCTEX and TPLEX in Balingcanaway, Tarlac City and ends at the Pan-Philippine Highway (Daang Maharlika) in Caalibangbangan, Cabanatuan City.
Upon full completion of the entire alignment, CLLEX Phase 1 will cut travel time between Tarlac City and Cabanatuan City from 70 minutes to just 20 minutes and around 11,200 motorists and commuters would benefit by CLLEX daily and ease traffic at Daang Maharlika Highway by about 48 percent.