July 21, 2024

The final link of the almost 90-kilometer Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) was finally opened July 15. 
“I’m happy to announce that we have completed all 89.21 kms. of TPLEX with the opening of the final section today,” said Ramon Ang, president and chief executive officer of Top Frontier Investment Holdings, Inc., the largest shareholder of San Miguel Corporation, which took on the project in 2013. 
The last link completed late last month is the 11-km. Pozorrubio, Pangasinan to Rosario, La Union section. 
From the Rosario rotunda, Baguio-bound motorists can either take Kennon Road, Marcos Highway or the Asin-Nangalisan Road. 
The project worth P24 billion consists of four lanes which can be integrated with the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX). 
Baguio to Manila can now be negotiated in three hours on the average. 
“This project is at the core of what we, in San Miguel Corp, have set out to do – help drive our country’s growth and make lives better for our countrymen,” Ang said. 
Present during the opening Wednesday morning are Executive Sec. Salvador Medialdea, Finance Sec. Carlos Dominguez, Transportation Sec. Arthur Tugade, Peace Process adviser Carlito Galvez, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, and top officials of Tarlac, Pangasinan, and La Union.
San Miguel Corporation’s Private Infra Dev Corporation holds the concession for TPLEX which is integrated with SCTEX and the NLEX connecting the central and northern Luzon provinces to Manila and beyond. 
The entire length of 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. – Press release