By Joelyn G. Baluyut
TARLAC CITY — It’s all systems go for the partial opening of the 89-kilometer Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) next year with Tarlac City-Carmen Section to be opened to motorists by May.
In a meeting with the project monitoring committee of the Regional Development Council and independent consultants, TPLEX Project Manager Johnson Villar disclosed “although the completion of the project is set to be way earlier than the new proposed date, some issues and concerns were being taken care before we could begin a particular segment such as right of way problems wherein works are being prevented by some lot owners by setting up barricades in their areas and not allowing any construction activities in their property for they insist full acquisition payment first in spite of an already issued Writ of Possesion to their properties.”
Villar added that recent intense rains and severe flooding resulted in suspension of works due to terrible ground conditions at site, hence incurring huge slippage.
TPLEX construction is being handled by an all-Filipino consortium composed of R.D. Policarpio & Co. Inc., C.M. Pancho Const. Inc., New Kanlaon Const. Inc., D.M. Wenceslao & Asso. Inc., J.E. Manalo & Co. Inc., and D.M. Consunji Inc.
The road is initially eyed to have two lanes and subsequently expanded to four when capacity reaches 25,000 vehicles per day.
Once fully operational by July 2014, it will provide seamless travel to Ilocos, Cordillera and Central Luzon regions as it will be linked to the North Luzon and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressways. ●
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