DOTr, DPWH hold soft opening of TPLEX segment

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Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar led the soft opening of the Binalonan –Pozorrubio segment of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Toll Expressway (TPLEX) on Wednesday.

 DOTr Sec. Arthur Tugade (3rd fr right) and DPWH Sec. Mark Villar (left) inspect the tollgate of the TPLEX Segment 7, Section 32-A in Pozzorubio, Pangasinan on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.

DOTr Sec. Arthur Tugade (3rd fr right) and DPWH Sec. Mark Villar (left) inspect the tollgate of the TPLEX Segment 7, Section 32-A in Pozzorubio, Pangasinan on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.

Also present at the soft opening were the technical staff of the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) and the Philippine Infrastructure Development Corporation (PIDC), which will maintain and operate the TPLEX Segment 7, Section 3A-2.

The PIDC had confirmed that the particular portion of TPLEX is “substantially complete and is safe to be operated commercially.”

Segment 7 is approximately 10.10 kilometers and is the second to the last portion of the TPLEX project that would be constructed by PIDC.

Segment 7, Section 3A-1 of TPLEX officially opened last July 28, 2016.

To date, almost 20,000 vehicles traverse the stretch of existing TPLEX segments daily, from La Paz, Tarlac to Urdaneta, Pangasinan. rw: wjg

DPWH Sec. Mark Villar listens to a briefing on the TPLEX on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2017.
DPWH Sec. Mark Villar listens to a briefing on the TPLEX on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2017.

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