Motorists can expect shorter travel times between Metro Manila and the north, as the Tarlac Pangasinan La Union Expressway, or the TPLEX, has finished construction, the Department of Public Works and Highways said Sunday.
The TPLEX is 89 kilometers long and is one of the 23 expressways in the Luzon network. It traverses the northern provinces of Tarlac, Pangasinan, and La Union.
Public Works Sec. Mark Villar said what used to be a 6-hour long trip from Manila to Baguio will be reduced to just 3 hours on the road via the TPLEX. Travelling from Tarlac to Rosales will take only 30 minutes as compared to the usual 2 hours.
The Department of Public Works and Highways laid out plans in 2016 to expand the country’s high-standard highway network. From 385 kilometers of highways in 2016, the department aims to reach 1,040 kilometers by 2022.