The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has announced that the next 7-kilometer stretch of the toll-free Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEX) will be fully operational by the first half of 2023.

In his report to DPWH Secretary Manuel Bonoan, Senior Undersecretary Emil Sadain said that the DPWH Unified Project Management Office - Roads Management Cluster 1 (DPWH-UPMO RMC1) is currently working on the completion of an additional seven 7-kilometer segment from Guimba-Aliaga Road intersection to San Juan Interchange that will extend the expressway’s already accessible 18-kilometer section to 25 kilometers.

The DPWH UPMO RMC 1 team, with the contractors and consultants, have worked hard to overcome challenges along the way, including right-of-way issues, and the impact of Covid-19 added Sadain.

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Other than the 4-lane, 2-way expressway with a design speed of 100 kilometers per hour, DPWH is also undertaking the construction of three (3) interchanges namely, Zaragoza, Aliaga, and San Juan that will allow motorists from the secondary and provincial roads to access CLLEX.

When fully completed, this 30-kilometer CLLEX Project will facilitate fast, safe, comfortable, and reliable means of transport in Central Luzon as it forms an important east-west link for the expressway network of Region III to ensure seamless traffic flow for the motoring public from Metro Manila and vice versa passing thru NLEX, SCTEX and TPLEX.

This project is part of the government’s vision of easing traffic congestion and will shorten the usual travel time of 1 hour and 10 minutes between Tarlac City and Cabanatuan City to just 20 minutes.

The project is one of the key infrastructures with funding assistance from the Government of Japan thru the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and is included in the Luzon Spine Expressway Network projects aimed at reducing travel time from the northernmost part of Luzon, Ilocos, to the southernmost part, Bicol, by over 50% via the construction of high-standard highway network.