Tarlac-Aurora Highway Sought

from inquirer.net:

Business groups in Central Luzon have linked up to push the government to build the Tarlac-Nueva Ecija-Aurora Expressway to transform the region’s eastern side into a gateway of trade, commerce and tourism through the Pacific Ocean route.

It starts from La Paz in Tarlac, goes on to the towns of Zaragoza and Sta. Rosa, up to Cabanatuan City and Pantabangan in Nueva Ecija.

From an interchange in Pantabangan, the options are to extend the road to Dingalan and to Baler, the capital town of Aurora.

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Tarlac-Aurora highway sought

By Tonette Orejas
Central Luzon Desk
Last updated 10:47pm (Mla time) 09/13/2007
CABANATUAN CITY — Business groups in Central Luzon have linked up to push the government to build the Tarlac-Nueva Ecija-Aurora Expressway to transform the region’s eastern side into a gateway of trade, commerce and tourism through the Pacific Ocean route.

The Advocacy for the Development of Central Luzon presented to the Nueva Ecija Chamber of Commerce and Industry the features of the proposed 60-km expressway.

It starts from La Paz in Tarlac, goes on to the towns of Zaragoza and Sta. Rosa, up to Cabanatuan City and Pantabangan in Nueva Ecija.

From an interchange in Pantabangan, the options are to extend the road to Dingalan and to Baler, the capital town of Aurora.

This road can shorten travel time to Dingalan to 40 minutes, ADCL Chair Rene Romero said during a briefing here on Wednesday night.

Important road

The road seeks to transform the region’s eastern corridor into trade routes to and from North America via the Pacific Ocean, he said. The cost of building the road is being studied.

On the other hand, the soon-to-be finished 94-km, P27-billion Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) along the region’s western boundary provides an access to Southeast Asian countries through the seaport and two airports at the Subic and Clark free ports in Bataan, Zambales and Pampanga, he said.

Potentials

“These inter-connected structures will strengthen the potentials of the Luzon Urban Beltway,” Romero said, referring to Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog and Metro Manila that President Macapagal-Arroyo and government economic planners have clustered as a “super region” in July 2005.

The ADCL is also pushing the extension of the SCTEx to La Paz, Tarlac, and to Rosario, La Union.

While the Tarlac-Nueva Ecija-Aurora Expressway was not stated in the Central Luzon Development Plan (CLDP), which the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Department of Trade and Industry had completed in September 1995, the CLDP cited the need to create a “parallel development of the North Luzon Expressway and the Sierra Madre Expressway (SME).”

Arroyo plan

“NLEx would encourage economic development in Tarlac, Pangasinan, La Union and further northern provinces along the coastal lines [of the South China Sea]. On the other hand, the SME would open up Cagayan Valley and Aurora,” the CLDP said.

The ADCL took that idea on when it presented the “Global Gateways” master plan to Ms Arroyo in 2004, Romero said.

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