San Miguel proposes 100-km TPLEX extension up to Ilocos
Danessa Rivera (The Philippine Star) - May 30, 2018 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — San Miguel Corp. (SMC) has submitted an unsolicited proposal to extend the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) by another 100 kilometers (km) to reach the Ilocos province.

The group has sent its project proposal to Public Works Secretary Mark Villar for evaluation, SMC president Ramon Ang said in an interview yesterday.

“We proposed for the extension of TPLEX going to Ilocos,” he said. “It is now pending with the DPWH for them to evaluate.”

Ang said the proposed project would extend TPLEX ending in Rosario, La Union all the way to Ilocos province, adding another 100 km to the expressway.

As for the cost of the project, the SMC official said they are still crunching the numbers.

If approved by the DPWH, SMC would be given the original proponent status (OPS) and the proposal will go through a Swiss challenge.

“If they like the project, we would be given an OPS and then subject to Swiss challenge,” Ang said.

Through the Swiss challenge, SMC would have the right to match the best offer to be given by another group for the project.

TPLEX is an 89.31-km expressway from Tarlac City, Tarlac to Rosario, La Union, divided into three phases.

Segment 7, Section 3A-1 of TPLEX from Urdaneta City to Binalonan, officially opened in July last year.

TPLEX Segment 7, Section 3A-2, from Binalonan to Pozorrubio in Pangasinan, was opened to motorists in December last year.

The segment, which is approximately 10.10-km, is the second to the last portion of the TPLEX project that would be constructed by SMC unit Private Infrastructure Development Corp. (PIDC).

The last segment or Section 3B covers Pozorrubio in Pangasinan to Rosario, La Union and is expected to be completed by June 2019, based on the timetable posted on the DPWH website.

The completion of the TPLEX is expected to ease and improve traffic in the northern part of the country.

At present, almost 20,000 vehicles traverse the stretch of the existing TPLEX segments daily from La Paz, Tarlac to Urdaneta, Pangasinan.

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