Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) to open END of APRIL 2008

Friday, March 7, 2008

The Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway is a 93.77 kilometer four-lane expressway in the Philippines. It starts in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales passing through the interchange with the North Luzon Expressway near the Clark Special Economic Zone in Angeles City, Pampanga and ends at the Central Techno Park in Tarlac City, Tarlac. When this expressway opens, it will provide shorter travel time leading to faster transportation of goods between the two economic zones. It will have similar features with the recently rehabilitated North Luzon Expressway.

The Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway’s Phase 1 of construction was started on April 21, 2005 and was completed on December, 2007 while Phase 2 will be completed on March, 2008.

The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) clarified that the opening of Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) will be by the end of April and not on April 5.

The bases agency, which implemented the construction of the 93.77 kilometer toll road, said the final touches are still being done for the project and it will be completely operational by the end of April.

While the SCTEx is a world-class tollway, officials of the Clark Development Corp. recently noted that unlike the NLEX, it has no emergency bays where disabled vehicles can be repaired without affecting traffic flow. The BCDA has assured them that there will be a two-meter shoulder clearance and two seven-hectare motorpool areas along the Clark-Tarlac span. Space for gasoline stations, convenience stores and eateries will be leased out, presumably.

Via SCTEx, motorists going to Tarlac will save at least one hour travel time and the corresponding fuel consumption since they will skip the traffic-congested Mabalacat-Hacienda Luisita-Capas stretch and will exit past the Metro Mall in Tarlac City. More good news, especially for Baguio habitues: the Department of Public Works and Highways may extend SCTEx from Tarlac to Rosario, La Union at the foot of Kennon Road.

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>> Good News to a lot of motorists i guess.. im so excited for the opening of this SCTEX.. and im pretty sure, that on the 1st day or opening of this expressway, i'll try to drive on this nice expressway.. haha.. excited kng excited.. =p
they said that Tarlac-Clark will be a 30min. drive & Clark-Subic will juz be a 45 min. drive.. im rili so excited 4 dis..hehe.. and im also hoping for the SCTEX Phase3/package 3, going to baguio.. hope it will soon work out.. looking forward to it in days/months/years to come.. =) rili a Time & Fuel Saver i guess.. =) and goodbye to Traffic.. =)