Gov’t set to grant original proponent status to SMC’s TPLEx expansion
The Department of Public Works and Highways is poised to grant the original proponent status to San Miguel Holdings Corp. for the P23.95 billion extension of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway to San Juan, La Union.
The 59.4-kilometer four-lane toll road will start from the exit of TPLEx in Rosario to San Juan. The Rosario section of the expressway is expected to be completed this year.
The extension project will be divided into three segments, with the first one spanning 18 km from Rosario to Tubao. The second segment will stretch 23 km from Tubao to Naguilian while the last segment will run 18.4 km from Naguilian to San Juan.
San Miguel said the project aims to promote the development of Northern Luzon and facilitate connectivity to Central Luzon and Metro Manila through high-speed and secured access.
San Miguel-led Private Infra Dev Corp. holds the concession for TPLEx, an 88.85-km, four-lane, high-speed toll road that connects Northern Luzon to Manila. It is designed to integrate with other major toll roads such as North Luzon Expressway and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway.
The construction of TPLEx began in 2010 in three phases. The first was completed in April 2014, running from Tarlac City to Carmen, Pangasinan.