We're just one day away before the Central Luzon Link Expressway is opened to the public. With no toll fees, motorists and commuters that need to travel between Tarlac and Nueva Ecija can use the 30-km expressway without paying a single centavo.
But motorists will not be able to travel to Cabanatuan City via CLLEX just yet. According to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), only the first 18-km segment of the expressway will be opened for the time being. This segment includes the Tarlac-Rio Chico River Bridge Section and the Aliaga Section.
What's the status of the final 12-km Cabanatuan section along CLLEX? According to a Facebook post by DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, they are still busy working on the aforementioned segment. As of today, work on the Cabanatuan segment is already 88% complete.
The DPWH said that challenges brought about by the pandemic and quarantine restrictions meant that work on the project had to be halted several times. Despite that, Villar says work continues on Segment 2 with hopes of opening it to the public very soon.
But when will the final segment be finished? The DPWH has yet to give an exact date. Considering it's already nearing completion, we might not have to wait that long.
In the future, CLLEX will be extended up to San Jose City in Nueva Ecija under the project's Phase II. Once that is complete, CLLEX will have a total length of 65.70-km and will provide a direct link between the provinces of Nueva Ecija and Tarlac.