The Philippines has a network of expressways, mostly found in Luzon, providing a smoother and faster travel time for motorists. The first expressway systems in the country built in the 1970s were the Northern Luzon Expressway (formerly North Diversion Road) and South Luzon Expressway (SLEx, formerly South Super Highway). In 1999, the first Elevated Toll Road in the Philippines called Metro Manila Skyway was completed, while the first Electronic toll Collection was introduced in the SLEx and Skyway Systems in 2001.
Highways are very essential structures that not only greatly improve the transportation system, but also a country’s economy. With the increasing number of automobiles, the need for more highways or expressways becomes even more apparent which is why another expressway is currently on the works and is expected to be completed as early as this year, 2015, or early of next year 2016, three years earlier than the initial projected date of completion.
The Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) is a four-lane express way currently under construction north of Manila. It stretches 88.85 kilometers, connecting northern and central Luzon with its northernmost terminal currently located in Rosario, La Union, and its southernmost terminus located in Tarlac City, Tarlac. So, people (especially those traveling north) will experience a virtually traffic-free ride with the opening of the TPLEX. Once the entire project is completed, it will only take about three hours of travel time from Balintawak, Quezon City to the country’s summer capital, Baguio City. Imagine the time saved – families from Manila who want to enjoy a cool weekend and breathe fresh pine-filled air can absolutely have what they want!