76.8km Pangasinan Link expressway breaks ground

0
630
From left: Pangasinan vice governor Mark Ronald D.G Lambino, Pangasinan Governor Ramon Guico III, San Miguel Corp. president and CEO Ramon Ang, and Congressman Ramon Guico, Jr. lead the groundbreaking ceremony for the Pangasinan Link Expressway on March 21. Photo from SMC.
  • The 76.8-kilometer Pangasinan Link Expressway broke ground recently at a site spanning the towns of Binalonan and Laoac
  • The project is structured in two phases, with the first phase linking Binalonan to Lingayen and the second phase will be a demand-driven expansion all the way to Alaminos, Pangasinan
  • P-LEX will connect to the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway at the Binalonan exit, providing direct access to the New Manila International Airport in Bulacan of San Miguel Corp, the P-LEX proponent

The 76.8-kilometer Pangasinan Link Expressway (P-LEX) recently broke ground at a site spanning the towns of Binalonan and Laoac.

The project is seen to further unlock the province’s economic potential through improved accessibility and mobility, project proponent San Miguel Corp. (SMC) said in a statement.

“The P-LEX project affirms SMC’s affinity with, and deep commitment to Pangasinan,” SMC president and chief executive officer Ramon Ang said.

He added: “We believe in the bigger potential of the province and its people, and that is why we continue to invest here. We look forward to continuing our strong partnership, and with the help and support of the provincial government, create more jobs, livelihood, and business opportunities in the province.”

The project is structured in two phases, with the first phase linking Binalonan to Lingayen, the provincial capital. This phase is subdivided into three segments — a 6.90-km section from Binalonan to Manaoag, an 11.30-km stretch from Manaoag to Calasiao, and a 22.17-km passage from Calasiao to Lingayen, along with a 2.39-km spur road in Calasiao.

Phase 2 will be a demand-driven expansion all the way to Alaminos, Pangasinan.

P-LEX will connect to the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) at the Binalonan exit, providing direct access to SMC’s New Manila International Airport in Bulacan.

Ang said the construction of P-LEX would incur no costs for the provincial government, committing to timely completion pending the acquisition of the necessary right of way.

“The provincial government will also receive a substantial share of the project’s earnings, which it can use to provide more social services to our kababayans,” Ang said.