TPLEX Opens In May 2013

MANILA, Philippines - The 89-kilometer Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) will be partially opened to motorists by May, 2013, shortening the travel time between Baguio, Ilocos, and Manila.

TPLEX links the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway SCTEX) and the North Luzon Expressway, thus shortening the travel from Subic and Manila to possibly five hours.

''Although the completion of the project is set to be earlier than the new proposed date, some issues and concerns were being taken cared of before we could begin a particular segment such as right of way problems,'' TPLEX Project Manager Johnson Villar said.

Speaking at a recent meeting with the project monitoring committee of the Regional Development Council and independent consultants, Villar said some lot owners have put up barricades in their areas to disrupt construction activities until they receive full payment in spite of an already issued Writ of Possession to their properties.

Villar said heavy rains and severe flooding also resulted in suspension of work due to unfavorable ground conditions at site, hence incurring huge slippage.