Opening gates of development

GOOD news to travelers! The Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Toll Expressway (TPLEX), an 88.5 kilometer, two-lane expressway road construction from Tarlac City to Rosario, La Union is now in full swing. When completed, travel time from Manila to La Union in this new expressway extension in the north, would be reduced by as much as two hours.
TPLEX road network would cover four provinces and 15 cities and municipalities. It would start from Tarlac City, Tarlac and ends in Rosario, La Union. The North Expressway Extension traverses Tarlac City and the municipalities of La Paz, Gerona, Victoria, Pura, Anao and Ramos in the Province of Tarlac; Nampicuan and Cuyapo in the Province of Nueva Ecija; Rosales, Villasis, Urdaneta City, Binalonan, Pozzurubio and Sison in Pangasinan Province and Rosario in the Province of La Union.
Supervised by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the project cost about P 12.47 Billion (US $290 million). The massive North Road Expressway Extension of TPLEX Project involves the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance by Private Infra Development Corporation (PIDC) as the Project Proponent.
TPLEX is divided into three phases or sections. The first phase starts from the terminus of SCTEX (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway) and ends in Rosario, La Union. Section 2 starts from Rosales and ends in Urdaneta City in Pangasinan which includes the Agno River Viaduct. It has total road length of 13.72 kilometers. Section 3, with a length of 25.48 kilometers stretches from Urdaneta City in Pangasinan to Rosario in La Union, which shall be the end of the TPLEX Project.
People from the North who often travel to Metro Manila, know that NLEX (North Luzon Expressway) and SCTEX have made traveling faster and more convenient. TPLEX would surely be a welcome news and development, people in the North would most look forward to. Once completed, this project would surely improve the transportation traffic in the North and Central Luzon provinces it would traverse. Likewise, it would 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. This aside from the fact that local government units, property owners and of course, real estate developers and investors will be the direct beneficiaries which shall open the floodgates of development in the region which had long been expected.