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Yap: CLLEX project reminds me of ‘east-west connectivity’ dream

Jul 20, 2021 @ 14:17
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Tarlac Governor Susan Yap on Friday said the opening of the first 18 kilometers of the Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEX) Project connecting Nueva Ecija and Tarlac provinces brought her closer to her dream of “east-west connectivity.”

“This reminds me of my long-time dream to link the east and the west. I’ve always thought most roads ran from the north to the south,” she said on her Facebook page.

“What we lack is the east-west connectivity – from the West Philippine Sea to the Pacific Ocean,” Yap said.

“We’ve pushed for this link to jumpstart this connectivity, and it begins with Provincial Government of Tarlac being in the region’s center. Apart from my dream, Secretary (Mark) Villar and I both agree that this would be a great economic driver here for Tarlac,” she said.

The first 18-kilometer section of the P11.8 billion CLLEX, the country’s first toll-free expressway, was inaugurated on Thursday by the Department of Public Works and Highway.

The road section connects CLLEX from Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX)/Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) in Tarlac City to the intersection of Aliaga-Guimba Road in Aliaga, Nueva Ecija.

The project was implemented by DPWH UPMO-Roads Management Cluster 1 with funding assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) under the Build, Build, Build program.

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