Traveling to the North will be a lot easier this season as the 13.66-
kilometer stretch of the Rosales-Urdaneta, Pangasinan section of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) will be opened free of charge for motorists starting today, December 20, up to January 20 next year.
“Many families will be traveling to and from Northern Luzon during the Holidays, and this is our company’s Christmas present to them,” said Mark Dumol, president of the Private Infra Development Corp. (PIDC). The PIDC is a unit of diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. and operator of TPLEX.
Dumol added that the section is also being opened to accommodate commuters wanting to travel to Manila for the visit of Pope Francis on January 15 to 19 next year. The road will be closed the following day though to complete the unfinished portions.
“The construction of TPLEX is well on track and while we still have to make a few more refinements, it is safe to use. We’re opening it early as a service to the public” he also said.
In 2013, PIDC opened the first section (Tarlac City to Paniqui, Tarlac) free of charge for motorists. The Paniqui, Tarlac—Rosales, Pangasinan was also opened in April last year, in time for the Holy Week.
Dumol said that TPLEX now has 63 kilometers of usable road with the opening of the new section. The entire project, which extends up to Rosario town in La Union, is to be completed in 2015. Once done, travel time from Tarlac City to La Union, which is about an hour away from Baguio City, will only take 45 minutes at 100 kph.
Currently, it takes motorists anywhere between 2.5 to 3.5 hours to travel from Tarlac to La Union using the old national road.