The construction of the first phase of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Toll Expressway (TPLEX) is nearly halfway done at 42.52 percent, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.
"The completion of this expressway will greatly contribute in improving traffic condition along McArthur Highway and will provide faster, safer and more comfortable means of transportation to northbound vehicles and vice versa," said DPWH secretary Rogelio Singson.
The TPLEX is being constructed parallel to McArthur Highway. When complete, it will pass through the municipalities of Victoria, Gerona, Paniqui, Moncada and San Manuel in Tarlac; Carmen, Urdaneta, Binalonan, Pozzorubio and Sison in Pangasinan; and Rosario in La Union.
Singson added that the P11.594 billion project will be completed in two phases. It is an 88.58-kilometer toll expressway from La Paz, Tarlac--where one end of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway terminates--to Rosario, La Union.
Director Rebecca Garsuta of the agency's Build-Operate-Transfer Project Management Office shared that the first phase of the TPLEX's construction involves putting up a new two-lane expressway, 23 viaducts, eight interchanges, two central toll plazas, one toll operations center building, 12 bridges and 63 underpasses. The second phase involves the expansion of the expressway from two to four lanes once its capacity reaches 25,000 vehicles.