MANILA-- Travel time between Capas, Tarlac and Botolan, Zambales will be halved once the 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-km. road project is 69.95 percent complete and is set to be finished by November, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said in a statement issued Friday.
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, he said.
We aim to finish this project by November. It is expected to complement the existing 81.63 km. of road.
The Capas-Botolan road would make tourist spots between the two provinces more accessible, and would thus generate more tourists, said the public works chief, noting that without this road, motorists have to pass by Pangasinan, or Bataan and Pampanga since mountainous terrain separates Tarlac and Zambales.
Meanwhile, Villar said he is looking to implement a 24/7 work schedule in key regional projects to accomplish them on time.
Source: Philippines News Agency