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TPLEx Binalonan-Pozorrubio segment opens

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THE 10.10-kilometer (km) Binalonan-Pozorrubio segment of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Toll Expressway (TPLEx) was formally opened yesterday, Dec. 6, which is expected to cut travel time now from Tarlac to Pozorrubio to just 45 minutes from 2.5 hours. The Department of Transportation (DoTr), in a statement, said the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) issued on Nov. 29 a toll operation permit to concessionaire Private Infra Development Corp. (PIDC). The permit was released after an inspection by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), TRB technical staff, and PIDC representatives confirmed that the segment is “substantially complete and is safe to be operated commercially.” DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar said PIDC has committed to finish all the pending work during the Christmas season. The completion of the new segment extends the length of TPLEx to 78.39 kms, connecting the provinces of Tarlac and Pangasinan. Mr. Villar said the last section of TPLEx, a 10.92-km segment from Pozorrubio to Rosario, La Union, is set for completion in June 2019. “Upon full completion, TPLEx would reduce 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,” Mr. Villar said. — Patrizia Paola C. Marcelo

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