The government’s “Build, Build, Build” campaign is quickly catching up post-pandemic lockdown. In its latest announcement, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is ready to open the 18-kilometer section from the connection of SCTEX and TPLEX in Balingcanaway, Tarlac City up to Aliaga Interchange of the Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEX) Project Phase 1 within the next 90 days.

With Phase 1 substantially completed, the other segments are also on-track to being finished, averaging at about 82% completion. The remaining sections are the 4.10 kilometer Tarlac Section and 6.40 kilometer Rio Chico River Bridge Section, including 1.5 km Rio Chico Viaduct, and the 9.20 kilometer Aliaga Section and 10.30 kilometer Cabanatuan Section.

Travel between Nueva Ecija and Tarlac will soon be faster image

What makes this significant is that it’s a step towards providing farmers located in Nueva Ecija a fast and effective thoroughfare to deliver their crops to the rest of the region, and ultimately, to Metro Manila. “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”, said Mark Villar, DPWH Secretary.

An additional 4.8 kilometer component of the expressway project from the junction of Carmen-Cabanatuan Road is the Zaragoza Interchange Section. Overall, the construction and opening of the four-lane, 30-kilometer stretch of CLLEX aim to cut the travel time between Tarlac and Cabanatuan from 70 minutes to only 20 minutes.

Efficient ground transport is always an essential part of building any country’s economy. If the DPWH continues at this rate, then they’ll not only bring our country’s regions “closer”, but they’ll be helping on the tourism and economic fronts as well.