TPLEX final section now open, cuts by half travel time between Baguio and Manila

TPLEX | Photo from DPWH Secretary Mark Villar's Facebook page
TPLEX | Photo from DPWH Secretary Mark Villar’s Facebook page

The Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) officially opened today (July 15) with the completion of its final section, cutting travel time between Manila and Baguio by half to only 3 hours, according to Public Works Secretary Mark Villar.

TPLEX is a 78.39-km expressway that connects the provinces of Tarlac and Pangasinan and reduces travel time from Tarlac to Rosario, La Union from 3.5 hours to just an hour, benefitting an average of 20,000 vehicles per day.

TPLEX is a P24-billion public-private partnership project of the Department of Public Works and Highways and San Miguel Corporation’s Private Infra Development Corp. that began construction in 2010.

The project was constructed as an alternative road and in parallel to MacArthur Highway going up north.

TPLEX was also integrated with Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway and North Luzon Expressway connecting the central and northern Luzon provinces to Manila and beyond.

The tollway has nine exits: La Paz in Tarlac City, Victoria, Gerona, Paniqui and Moncada in Tarlac; Rosales, Urdaneta City and Pozzorrubio in Pangasinan, and Rosario in La Union.