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SCTEx construction nears halfway mark

San Fernando, Pampanga (26 October) -- The Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) is now 42 percent complete and on track to be finished on schedule by November 2007.

This was the statement made by the state-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) which is in charge of the P21 billion flagship project.

The 93.7 kilometer toll road will connect two of the country’s most important economic zones in Central Luzon – the Subic Bay Freeport in Zambales and the Clark Special Economic Zone (CSEZ) in Pampanga – to the emerging economic hubs further north in Tarlac and up to La Union.

Project construction is divided into two packages, with Package 1 covering the 50.5 kilometer Subic-Clark section and Package 2 the 43.27 kilometer Clark-Tarlac section.

The SCTEx has a total of 34 bridges being constructed, with an average accomplishment rate of 56 percent as of end of September, according to the BCDA. Construction of the Sacobia-Bamban Brdige, the longest span in the SCTEx at 1.16 kilometers, has posted a positive variance - meaning its construction accomplishment is ahead of schedule.

The average accomplishment for the road works is at 30 percent; interchanges at 25 percent; and underpasses at 54 percent. The BCDA said of the 47 underpasses, 20 have been completed.

In a related development, the BCDA board has recently approved an additional interchange for the project that will allow motorists inside the Clark Ecozone to connect to the toll road.

The BCDA board said the interchange will be constructed at the Logistics Hub Area, also known as Industrial Estate 5 of the Clark Ecozone and bodes well for locators since it will reduce the cost and risk of doing business. It will also help establish Clark and Subic as ideal investment hubs with air, sea, and land transport easily accessible.

The BCDA added that the detailed construction of the interchange has already been completed and is ready for bidding, although no date has yet been set.

Once the SCTEx is operational, it would only take around 30 minutes to travel form Clark to Subic and vice versa, and 20 minutes from Clark to Tarlac and vice versa. At more than 93 kilometers, the toll way will be the country’s longest.

The SCTEx is a flagship project of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and is among the mega-projects intended to transform Central and Northern Luzon into a super region. The SCTEx is expected to serve as the new economic backbone for Central Luzon and adjoining regions and to create wider opportunities for investment, trade and employment. (BCDA/PIA-Pampanga) [top]

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