MANILA, Philippines — The travel duration between Capas, in Tarlac Province and Botolan Municipality in Zambales will be cut in half once the mega construction of the PHP138.4-million Capas-Botolan connector road is completed, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has said.
The 5.137-kilometer connector road project is 69.95 percent achieved and is slated to be wrapped up by November of this year, the DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said in a press statement issued on Friday, June 16.
“Currently, there is no direct link between Tarlac and Zambales. The travel time between the provinces is approximately 3 hours, but upon completion of this project, travel time would be reduced by 1 hour and 20 minutes,” Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said.
“We aim to finish this project by November. It is expected to complement the existing 81.63 km. of road.”
The Capas-Botolan national road would make tourist spots between the two provinces more accessible, and would thus generate more local tourists from nearby provinces, said the DPWH brass, adding that without this road, motorists have to pass by Pangasinan, or Bataan and Pampanga since mountainous terrain separates the Tarlac and Zambales provinces.
Meanwhile, DWPH Secretary Mark Villar said he is looking to execute a 24/7 round-the-clock work schedule in key regional projects to accomplish them on the given time.
The Capas-Botolan Road will also connect to the another road project of the DPWH, the Clark Airport-Bamban-Capas Access Road, which will connect to existing Tarlac-Zambales road.
The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. vice chairman and Regional Development Council (RDC)-Central Luzon member Rene Romero said that the mega construction of the Capas-Botolan Connector Road will upsurge tourism in Pampanga and Zambales provinces.