New expressway in Central Luzon to open on May 15

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Photo courtesy: Department of Public Works and Highways

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 15) — A new expressway is set to boost travel and transport of goods in Central Luzon this year.

The first phase of the Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEX) will be open toll-free to motorists on May 15, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar confirmed, as he and public works officials inspected the highway's construction progress on Monday.

The four-lane, 30-kilometer CLLEX will cut travel time between Tarlac City and Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija from 70 minutes to just 20 minutes once fully completed.

"We are seeing a quality infrastructure that will benefit around 11,200 motorists and commuters daily and ease traffic at Daang Maharlika Highway about to be delivered by the President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administration," Villar said.

Once it opens in May, motorists can initially traverse the 18-kilometer section of CLLEX which spans from the boundary of Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway and Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway in Tarlac City, up to an interchange in Aliaga, Nueva Ecija.

The ₱11.811 billion expressway project is part of the Duterte administration's 'Build, Build, Build' program on developing the provinces through connective infrastructure. The CLLEX is also seen to benefit farmers in Nueva Ecija, the Philippines' rice granary, in delivering their crops to markets in Central Luzon and Metro Manila.