Issue of May 1, 2011
     
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Solons bat for original TPLEX plan to boost tourism, economy
by Harley Palangchao

Public Works and Highways Sec. Rogelio Singson is being asked to ensure that the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) must connect Baguio and Cordillera closer to Manila in wake of moves to change the plan. 

Representatives Ronald Cosalan of Benguet and Bernardo Vergara of Baguio made the appeal when they were informed of a proposal from a Pangasinan congressman to change the plan, which will be disadvantageous to Baguio, Benguet, and Mountain Province. 

Based on the original plan, the 84.5-kilometer TPLEX that will start from La Paz, Tarlac will end near Saitan, Rosario, La Union, the closest entry to Baguio either via Kennon Road or Aspiras-Palispis (Marcos) Highway. 

Cosalan and Vergara however learned that former Pangasinan 5th District Rep. Mark Cojuangco is asking the other congressmen to support the planned re-aligning of the original roadline. 

Under the proposed re-alignment, the tail of the TPLEX project will be more or less seven kilometers away from the Saitan-Rosario junction, which, the two Cordillera congressmen claimed, is a prominent landmark before entering Kennon Road or Aspiras-Palispis Highway. 

“We appeal for a reconsideration of former Congressman Cojuangco’s proposal and instead adopt the roadline as originally proposed by the proponents of the TPLEX which will exit exactly at the Saitan-Rosario junction and will truly make a shorter route to Baguio City,” the letter of Cosalan and Vergara reads. 

Cosalan said in an interview that the completion of the TPLEX will cut travel by more than an hour and mass transport and private vehicles need not raverse the traffic-prone areas of the MacArthur Highway from Tarlac to La Union. 

He added that the tourism and local industries of Baguio, Benguet, and Mountain Province will be propelled once TPLEX is completed. 

President Benigno Aquino III expressed his desire to complete TPLEX during his term as planned. 

TPLEX is a four-lane expressway currently under construction and is expected to be completed and ready for operation by 2013. The first phase started in January 2009.

The first phase will involve the construction of two lanes while the second phase entails its expansion into four lanes to accommodate 25,000 vehicles.


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