Travelers can finally enjoy more convenient and faster travel to provinces in the Ilocos Region with the recent completion of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) project, which is set to open on Wednesday, 15 July.
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar lauded the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and its management — led by Secretary Mark Villar — for completing the road project.
The 88-kilometer road project implemented by DPWH will be operated and maintained by private concessionaire San Miguel Corporation’s Private Infrastructure Development Corporation, with tollway exits in La Paz in Tarlac City; Victoria, Gerona, Paniqui and Moncada in Tarlac; Rosales, Urdaneta City and Pozorrubio in Pangasinan; and Rosario in La Union.
DPWH Spokesperson Anna Mae Lamentillo, meantime, said that the agency is enthusiastic to showcase the newly completed Build, Build, Build project to the public, which is expected to speed travel time from Manila to Baguio City to only three hours and La Union to only 3.5 hours.
“Because of this infrastructure, we will have faster travel time from Manila to Baguio City—only 3 hours—and going to La Union will only take 3.5 hours,” she said.