The Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEX) is now 94 percent complete and is set to partially open to motorists this year, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced on Tuesday.

The 30-km expressway’s first 18km will become available to the public in July, specifically the SCTEX/TPLEX connection in Tarlac City up to the intersection of Aliaga-Guimba Road in Aliaga, Nueva Ecija, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar announced.

“Despite work slowdown due to the pandemic, the first 18-kilometer segment of CLLEX will be of service to motorists from SCTEX/TPLEX connection in Tarlac City up to the intersection of Aliaga-Guimba Road in Aliaga, Nueva Ecija this July 2021,” Villar said. 

Villar shared that contract packages 1 and 2, which cover the 10.5-kilometer Tarlac Section and Rio Chico River Bridge Section, are already finished. 

Meanwhile, the 9.2-kilometer Aliaga Section – referred to as contract package 3 – is at 87 percent.

According to Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations Emil Sadain’s report, the delivery of right of way (ROW) requirements is now being fast-tracked. 

“In his report to Secretary Villar, Undersecretary Sadain said that the delivery of right of way (ROW) requirements are being fast-tracked, with the assistance of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) for expropriation complaints and other ROW-related cases,” DPWH said in a statement.

Once fully operational, the CLLEX is expected to shorten travel time between Tarlac City and Nueva Ecija’s capital of Cabanatuan City to just 30 minutes, a significant travel reduction from the usual 70-minute long drive.

The project is part of the Duterte administration’s Build! Build! Build! Program and is funded through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

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