The final segment of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) will be opened to vehicular traffic by July 15, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Public Works and Highways Sec. Mark Villar said that the completion of the 11-kilometer Pozorrubio, Pangasinan to Rosario, La Union section of TPLEX is expected to “drastically” reduce travel time from Tarlac to Rosario from 3.5 hours to just an hour.
Villar said that traveling to the Ilocos Region and Baguio City in the Cordilleras will now be easy following the completion of the last portion of the originally designed TPLEX towards Rosario rotunda.
From the Rosario rotunda, Baguio-bound motorists have three route options: Marcos Highway (go further to Pugo) or Kennon Road or the Asin Nangalisan Road.
The P24-billion four lane toll road project implemented by DPWH involves the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance by the private sector.
San Miguel Corporation’s Private Infra Dev Corporation holds the concession for TPLEX, which is integrated with Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway and the North Luzon Expressway connecting the central and northern Luzon provinces to Manila and beyond.
The entire stretch of the tollway have nine exits: La Paz in Tarlac City, Victoria, Gerona, Paniqui and Moncada in Tarlac; Rosales, Urdaneta City and Pozzorrubio in Pangasinan, and Rosario in La Union.