July 2, 2021

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will build two access roads going to New Clark City.

Construction of two access roads leading to the New Clark City (NCC) in Capas, Tarlac will be undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in order to satisfy the anticipated demand for improved roadways inside the Clark Special Economic Zone.

Based on a study by Tarlac Second District Engineer Neil Farala, Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar designated the two highways as the New Clark City to Tarlac-Zambales Road (TZR) and the McArthur Highway to NCC.

According to Villar, in an official social media post on Thursday, the construction of these much-needed access roads will provide an alternate route to NCC, in addition to the existing North Luzon Expressway/Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway. They will also serve as access roads to tourism destinations in Capas, such as the Capas National Shrine and the Capas Death March Monument.

Kalangitan Access Road will connect the four-lane NCC to Tarlac-Zambales Road, which will have two bridge components and a total length of 6.40 kilometers, to the completed 6.22-kilometer MacArthur Highway to NCC via Kalangitan Road, forming a continuous road network that will allow motorists to travel at a faster, shorter, and more convenient pace than before.

As of June 2021, the planned road expansion and drainage work along the MacArthur Highway to NCC have already been finished, and the building of a reinforced concrete bridge to replace the temporary steel bridges is now underway and expected to be completed this year.

The 5.60-kilometer stretch of the NCC connecting Tarlac and Zambales through the Kalangitan Access Road is expected to be completed this year, leaving a 0.80-kilometer piece that will commence construction the following year.

In addition, Farala said that the building of drainage systems and the installation of solar LED street lights, as well as the marking of pavements, are scheduled to begin in 2022 in order to provide agricultural assistance for local farmers by reducing travel time in Capas.

The roads will be built as part of a convergence project between the Department of Public Works and the Department of Tourism-Tourism Road Infrastructure Program, which is now underway (DOT-TRIP).

Meanwhile, the Tarlac 1st District Engineering Office is constructing a diversion route that would connect Tarlac province’s capital with NCC, avoiding the 24.1-kilometer Manila North Road. This road will connect Tarlac province’s capital with NCC.

Currently in the second phase of a multi-year project, the concreting, widening, and rehabilitation of the Tarlac City Southwest Diversion Road started in 2020 and will be completed by 2022, when it is scheduled to open to the public and become fully functional.

In an earlier statement, Tarlac 1st District Engineer Erelina B. Santos stated that the existing unpaved Tibag-Armenia via Tibagan Balanti Diversion Road is currently being improved to serve as an alternate road to NCC as well as a shorter route to Tarlac City and the surrounding provinces rather than driving via the Manila North Road.

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