Bypass road from Tarlac City going to SCTEX to reduce travel time to 15 minutes

Published April 18, 2021, 9:55 AM

by Dennis Principe

From the usual 45-minute drive, the road going to Luisita Subic–Clark–Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) Access Road in Tarlac City will soon be only 15 minutes once a new bypass road is completed.

ROAD TO TARLAC. An aerial view of the 5.77-kilometer, 4-lane bypass that will connect the Manila North Road, also known as MacArthur Highway, and the Luisita SCTEX Access Road in Tarlac City. (DPWH photo / MANILA BULLETIN)
ROAD TO TARLAC. An aerial view of the 5.77-kilometer, 4-lane bypass that will connect the Manila North Road, also known as MacArthur Highway, and the Luisita SCTEX Access Road in Tarlac City. (DPWH photo / MANILA BULLETIN)

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has started the construction of a new 5.77-kilometer, four-lane bypass that will connect the Manila North Road, also known as MacArthur Highway and the said Access Road.

“Programmed to be completed this 2021, this multi-year project involves a 3.35-kilometer road opening, 5.77-kilometer of road widening, a total of 2.42 kilometers of existing roads for rehabilitation, and the construction of drainage and slope protection along its stretch,” said DPWH Tarlac 1st District Engineer Erelina Santos.

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Tarlac 1st District Engineer Erelina Santos said the implementation of the first phase of the bypass began in 2019.

“It is estimated that the drive to Luisita SCTEX Access Road is only 15 minutes from the previous 45 minutes when the new bypass is opened because motorists will be able to avoid passing through the congested section of MacArthur Highway in Tarlac City,” said Santos.

DPWH Regional Director Roseller Tolentino disclosed that the agency is on track to complete the bypass ahead of schedule.

Once completed, motorists coming from San Sebastian in Tarlac City need not traverse the MacArthur Highway going to Luisita SCTEX Access Road thus a considerable reduction in travel time.

 
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