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Friday, September 07, 2012

Development : The Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX)

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NLEX and SCTEX Map
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Tarlac-Pangasinan- La Union Expressway

People from the North and those who often travel to Northern Luzon, know that the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX)  have made traveling faster and more convenient. And they would surely welcome the news that the new Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) would soon be completed and operational. With this new expressway extension,it is estimated that travel time from Manila to La Union would be reduced by as much as two hours.

The DPWH official project webpage gives the following information on the project : 
The Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway is an 88.58-kilometer 2-lane expressway. It starts from Tarlac City, Tarlac, and ends in Rosario, La Union. It traverses Tarlac City and the municipalities of La Paz, Gerona, Victoria, Pura, Anao and Ramos in Tarlac, Nampicuan and Cuyapo in Nueva Ecija and Rosales, Villasis, Urdaneta City, Binalonan, Pozzorubio and Sison in Pangasinan and Rosario, La Union. 

Tentative date of completion and operation of the expressway would be on 2013, but a portion extending up to Rosales, Pangasinan would be operational by the latter part of 2012, if the construction work is followed as scheduled.


Once completed, this project would surely improve the transportation traffic in the provinces it would pass through, boost and develop trade in the cities, towns and peripheral areas along the new expressway. And this would also promote tourism because of faster travel time to major tourist spots and destinations in the North.


Hopefully, this project would be finished at the soonest time possible.

Two thumbs up for this good news!

Update on TPLEX : 
Phase 1 Section 1A of TPLEX will be operational beginning October 30,2013. This portion of the new expressway runs from Tarlac City to Gerona, Tarlac. The beginning portion of this 17 km. phase of TPLEX is connected to the SCTEX in Tarlac City then traverses Victoria town, and ends at Gerona town. This initial  phase to be opened will reduce travel time to Northern Luzon by approximately forty minutes.


TPLEX Project Segments


Picture Source:
http://www.dpwh.gov.ph/ppp/main2.asp?page=a18
http://www.dmcinet.com/Glo_Latest_projects.asp

News Source and Related Links :
http://www.gov.ph/2011/12/06/dpwh-speeds-up-construction-of-tarlac-pangasinan-la-union-expressway/
http://www.dpwh.gov.ph/PPP/main3.asp?page=a18
http://mb.com.ph/node/344033/dpwh-
http://www.bcda.gov.ph/sctex
http://www.interaksyon.com/business/73478/first-phase-of-tarlac-pangasinan-la-union-expressway-opens-next-week


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