The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is committed to address the potential demand for better roads within the Clark Special Economic Zone with the construction of two access roads leading to the New Clark City (NCC) in Capas, Tarlac.
DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar, based on a report by Tarlac Second Disrict Engineer Neil Farala, identified the two (2) roads via the Kalangitan Access Road as the New Clark City to Tarlac-Zambales Road (TZR) and the McArthur Highway to New Clark City.
“The construction of this much-needed access road will provide an alternate route to NCC aside from the existing North Luzon Expressway/Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway and serve as access roads to tourism spots in Capas such as the Capas National Shrine and Capas Death March Monument,” Secretary Villar added.
The 4-lane New Clark City to Tarlac-Zambales Road with 2 bridge components with a total length of 6.40-km will be connected to the completed 6.22-kilometer Mac Arthur Highway to New Clark City via Kalangitan Access Road - forming a continuous road network providing motorists a faster, shorter, and more convenient travel.
As of June 2021, the proposed road widening and construction of drainage along the MacArthur Highway to NCC is already completed while the construction of its reinforced concrete bridge in replacement of the temporary steel bridges is on-going and scheduled to be completed this year.
The 5.60-km portion of NCC to Tarlac-Zambales via Kalangitan Access Road is set to finish this year, leaving a 0.80-kilometer section that is scheduled to begin construction in the year 2022.
According to District Engineer Farala, the construction of drainage and installation of solar LED street lights as well as pavement markings is programmed in 2022 to boost agricultural support for local farmers by shortening travel time in Capas.
The road projects is constructed through a convergence project between the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Tourism-Tourism Road Infrastructure Program (DOT-TRIP).