PRRD opens 18km segment of Central Luzon Link Expressway



In a ceremony held at the Rio Chico Viaduct in La Paz, Tarlac on July 15, 2021, President Rodrigo Duterte inaugurated the first 18 kilometers of the 30km Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEX) from Tarlac City up to the intersection of Aliaga-Guimba Road in Nueva Ecija.  Ambassador KOSHIKAWA Kazuhiko, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, Senator Bong Go and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque also attended the inauguration ceremony.
CLLEX Phase 1 includes the Tarlac and Rio Chico River Bridge section (10.5-km), the Aliaga segment (9.2-km), and the Cabanatuan portion (10.3-km).  The expressway has four lanes in total and is estimated to benefit 11,200 motorists and commuters.  It is set to decongest Central Luzon and allow seamless traffic flow between the region and Metro Manila.
Funded by the Government of Japan, the expressway will be accessible for all types of motorists starting on July 16.
In his message during the ceremony, Ambassador Koshikawa thanked the strong leadership of President Duterte and reaffirmed Japan’s commitment to work closely with the Philippines towards lasting legacies that will benefit the lives of Filipinos.