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Good new to all motorists planning to spend Holy week in the north: Subic , Tarlac, Zambales or farther, the four-lane Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx), now the country’s longest toll road, will be open to traffic starting March 17 to March 24 from 5:30am to 5:30pm (closed at night due to lack of street lighting) and will cut travel time between the Subic and Clark free ports to 30 minutes down from one hour and 30 minutes using the old roundabout route. Free use of the tollway i.e. no toll fees starts on Tuesday March 17 until March 24 and will involve only the Subic-to-Clark portion spanning 50 km.
After the Holy Week dry run, the tollway will be temporarily closed for final preparations before it officially opens next month probably third or fourth week of April 2008.
Vehicles that would be allowed to test the expressway are light vehicles, chartered buses and motorcycles with engine displacements of 400 cc and higher.
SCTEx Toll Fees and Rates:
No approved toll fees yet but most to likely start at P2.49 per km
Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway SCTEx Guide to motorists:
Driving directions to Subic via the SCTEx: From NLEx, take the spur interchange between Barangays Dau and Sta. Inez in Mabalacat. Drive to the SCTEx Clark logistics toll plaza, head to the bridge and follow the loop of the ramp toward Subic.
Those bound for Bataan may exit at the Dinalupihan interchange through the Roman Highway.
On the return trip to Metro Manila, motorists from Subic and Bataan may enter the SCTEx through the Tipo toll plaza or Dinalupihan toll plaza leading to the Clark logistics toll plaza, take the first ramp, then the spur interchange toward NLEx.
Motorists bound for Bataan may exit at the Dinalupihan Interchange via the Roman highway.
The regular route to Pampanga, Bataan and Zambales which is the Gapan-San Fernando-Olongapo Highway (now the Jose Abad Santos Avenue) is still open to traffic.
Divided into two sections—the 50.5-km Subic-Clark span and the 43.27-km Clark-Tarlac section.
The Subic-Clark part is designed to give motorists easier access to the provinces of Pampanga, Bataan and Zambales.
SCTEx has eight interchanges: Floridablanca, Porac in Dolores, Clark, Dinalupihan, Angeles, Mabalacat, Tarlac and Subic
SCTEx length: 94-km tollway connects the Subic and Clark free ports with about 34 bridges; North Diversion Road, now the NLEx, spans 84 km.
North end of the highway is the Luisita Industrial Park in Tarlac City
Kajima Corp., Obayashi Corp., JFE Engineering Corp. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. Joint Venture built the Subic-Clark section.
Hazama-Taisei-Nippon Steel Joint Venture constructed the 43.27-km Clark-Tarlac portion.