The Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEX) is now ready for its much-awaited debut.

The first 18 kilometers of the thoroughfare, which connects Tarlac City to Aliaga, Nueva Ecija, is scheduled to open tomorrow (July 15), according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar.

On Monday (July 12), Villar announced the completion of the expressway, which is expected to reduce motorists’ travel time from Tarlac to Cabanatuan to only 20 minutes.

“The Central Luzon Link Expressway is now complete. By July 15, travel time from Tarlac City to Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija will be reduced to only 20 minutes,” he shared.

The pathway was initially scheduled for an opening in December of 2020, however, the pandemic delayed it to April 2021. But another surge of coronavirus in March this year slowed down operations and the schedule was changed to July 2021.

Once open, the CLLEX is expected to benefit 11,200 motorists and commuters and will reduce traffic along Daang Maharlika by 48%.

According to Villar, the CLLEX will be toll-free. 

The road project, which costs P11.811 billion, was funded through a loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

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Image credit: DPWH Secretary Mark Villar’s Official Facebook Page