The Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) broke ground on April 5, 2005. It is the country’s longest expressway at 93.77 kilometers. Commercial operations started on April 28, 2008, with the opening of the Subic-Clark Segment and Zone A of the portion of Clark-Tarlac Segment. The opening of Zones B and C of the remaining Clark-Tarlac Segment on July 25, 2008 signaled its full operations.
The SCTEX seeks to transform the Central Luzon region into a world-class logistics hub in the Asia-Pacific region through the integration of economic activities in the Subic Bay Freeport, the Clark Freeport Zone, and the Central Techno Park in Tarlac and by linking major infrastructures such as the Port of Subic Bay and the Clark International Airport. Any queries?
The 93.77-kilometer, four-lane expressway is divided into two major segments:
1. Package 1: Subic-Clark Segment – 50.5 kilometers (Contractor: Kajima-Obayashi-JFE Engineering-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Inc. Joint Venture)
2. Package 2: Clark-Tarlac segment – 43.27 kilometers (Contractor: Hazama-Taisei-Nippon Steel Joint Venture)
Oriental Consultant-Katahira & Engineering International-Nippon Koei Co., LTD Joint Venture
Following are the components of the SCTEX: a) 12 Interchanges : Subic-Tipo Interchange, Dinalupihan Interchange, Floridablanca Interchange , Porac Interchange, Clark South Interchange, Mabalacat Interchange, Clark North Interchange, Dolores Interchange, Concepcion Interchange, San Miguel/Luisita Interchange, Tarlac City Interchange; and Spur NLEX Intechange; b) 4 Major Bridges; c) 30 Minor Bridges; d) 10 overpasses; e) 54 Underpasses; f) 360 Drainage Culverts; g) 14 toll plazas; h) traffic control systems; i) assistance centers; and, j)the Toll Operations Center Building (TOCB) located in Dolores Toll Plaza.
BCDA, in coordination with the ISP, details the following safety features to ensure that travel within the SCTEX is on-time, safe and comfortable. Among these: a) 24/7 mobile patrol with eight relay stations; b) speed tracking radars; c) traffic management teams; d) night driving features—reflectorized traffic cones, New Jersey barriers, road signs, lane closure signs; e) 24/7 emergency medical services from Aeromed Ambulance Transport, Inc., and e) towing services by the Automobile Association of the Philippines.
Total cost of the SCTEX is Php34.907 billion. Seventy-eight percent of the cost were funded by way of a loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)-with an interest rate of 0.95% per annum; 22 percent represents the BCDA counterpart.
SCTEX has generated more than 3,400 jobs—not limited to site workers, heavy equipment operators, engineers, SCTEx-Program Management Office staff and other construction-related professions.
OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE
The SCTEX business and operating agreement between the BCDA and the Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC), and its holdings companies Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) and Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), was signed July 25, 2011. Under the agreement, MNTC will operate and manage SCTEX for 33 years, while relieving BCDA of the heavy financial burden of paying the P34-billion debt to JICA. By virtue of the Agreement, the SCTEX can be considered as having been built at no cost to Government.
Last September 16, 2011, the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) published the new toll rates, taking into account a Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) order to impose the 12% value-added tax (VAT) on toll prices.