The Department of Public Works and Highways has announced that two more expressways projects, the Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEX) Phase 2 and the Plaridel Bypass Toll Road, that will be opened up for bidding under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme within the year.

The CLLEX Phase 2 project is a two-lane expressway 35.7 kilometers long that will connect Cabanatuan City to San Jose City in the province of Nueva Ecija. The total cost of the project including Phase I is estimated at Php 14.9 billion and the target completion date is July 2017.

The Plaridel Bypass Toll Road, on the other hand, is a 24.6-kilometer link from the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) to Maharlika Highway in San Rafael, Bulacan allowing motorists to bypass traffic in Plaridel, Pulilan and Baliuag.

Estimated cost is Php 151.7 million and as of June 2015 Stage 3 of the project is 21.5% completed. What is up for bidding is the fourth and final stage of the project.

“We will now present it to Secretary Singson. Then we will submit to NEDA (National Economic and Development Authority) for approval,” said Ariel Angeles of the DPWH PPP service.

Rodrigo Franco, president and chief executive of Manila North Tollways Corp., earlier said his company was interested in the two expressway projects.

The Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC), which maintains the NLEX and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), has expressed interest in bidding for both projects.