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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Officials want more spur roads to SCTEX

CLARK FIELD, Pampanga— There should be more access roads to the P21 billion Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) to spur economic activity in the Clark Special Economic Zone and Angeles City, according to Subic-Clark Alliance for Development (SCAD) chairman Edgardo Pamintuan.

Pamintuan said during a meeting of the SCAD board at the Clark Development Corp. (CDC) on March 22 that officials are studying the possibility of building four interchanges and ramps in Clark Field.

Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) vice president for operations Antonio Rex Chan said a full diamond interchange in Clark will cost P60 million while a full interchange at the Friendship Bridge will likely entail P1.6 billion because the access road will be constructed underground.

Chan said an elevated full interchange should also be cleared with the Air Transportation Office (ATO) because it will hinder the operations of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport. The airport’s runway is directly aligned at the Friendship Highway and any elevated structure must have the clearance of the ATO.

Presidential assistant for Northern Luzon Renato Diaz said three other alternative areas could be tapped for the project and these areas comprise three barangays in the city.

Diaz said he will ask Angeles City Mayor Carmelo Lazatin to approve the project and help secure right-of-way for the project.

The CDC Bureau of Utilities and Regulatory Department has been tasked to study if the areas are still within the territory of Clark Field.

Pamintuan said the four proposed access points will spur economic activities not only in Clark but also in Subic, Tarlac and Angeles City.

Chan welcomed the move but stressed that funds should be sourced for this four new proposals for the SCTEX, whose construction is now in full blast. It is expected to be completed by 2007.

Ng said that full logistic interchange area at the proposed Clark Techno Park at the industrial estate here will affect about 11,000 sqm of land area and a projected loss of $66,000 annual income for CDC. Rendy Isip, Manila Standard


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