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Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway

Tuesday, 16 January 2007

The Philippines largest toll way will be completed as scheduled in November 2007 in spite of 6.7 percent delay because of typhoon, withdrawal of some subcontractors of the two major Japanese contractors and right of the way acquisition problems especially in Mabalacat, Pampanga.

The Php21 billion, 93.7 kilometer Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) is one of mega projects aimed to change completely Central and Northern Luzon into a super region. The groundbreaking for the process of building of the four-lane wide project was held on April 4, 2005 under Bases Conversion and Development Authority’s major policy.

The 50.5 kilometer package one of the SCTEx Project from Clark Zone to Subic Freeport will be accomplished full in November 2007, while the 43.2 kilometer package in Tarlac City will be bought to completion in August 2007.

A weight limit of 13.5 tons per axle and a speed limit of 100 kilometers per hour will be applied along the toll way. When brought to completion, the toll way between Clark Zone and Subic Freeport will make shorter travel time to 25 minutes.

There are 43 bridges in the lengthwise of SCTEx. The important ones comprise the 55 meter in height 1.16 kilometer in length Sacobia-Bamban River Bridge, the 720 meter Pasig-Potrero River Bridge, the 400 meter Porac River Bridge, and the 381 meter Gumain River Bridge. I hope those bridges will not be buried under lahar in the future eruption of Mt. Pinatubo.


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