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Old November 2nd, 2010, 06:22 PM   #361
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Alternative to the TPLEx
Tito F. Hermoso BusinessWorld

Three years ago, the planned completion of the SCTEx had all Baguio and Pagudpud journey makers excited about the prospect of the next step: the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway or TPLEx. Promises of three-hour, all-expressway dual carriageway travel from Manila to Baguio were soon popping up in vacation home development brochures in the City of Pines.

To this day, however, there have been three postponed attempts to inaugurate groundbreaking of the first segment, a short, single carriageway section from La Paz to Gerona.

If the SCTEx (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway) had a tortured history -- resistance from the DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways), troublesome owners during the right of way acquisitions, bad-mouthing from local contractors that did not get subcontracts from the Japanese principals appointed by the JBIC (the project financier of the SCTEx) -- the TPLEx was no less tortured. Since the TPLEx involves the DPWH as the right of way acquisitions arm, the BCDA had to yield to political pressure from towns in Tarlac and Pangasinan who feared a loss of commerce if the TPLEx diverted traffic too far from their unbearably trafficked towns along the MacArthur Highway. Thus the TPLEx ended up being parallel to the MacArthur Highway or Highway 3. The opportunity to pass through cheaper real estate through Nueva Ecija and provide expressway access to the truckers of Cagayan Valley was lost. It would have decongested the single carriageway Maharlika highway where truck accidents are legion.

Is there hope? Unless San Miguel Infrastructure/Northern Thoroughfares can tap China’s overseas infrastructure loans with similar terms and interest as the JBIC’s loans to the BCDA -- the way the SCTEx was funded -- the TPLEx will remain a brochure come-on.

The problem is that it looks like a mere construction project. It does have a toll operation/management provision, originally farmed out to TMC, the current SCTEx and NLEx (North Luzon Expressway) operator, but since finance is so tight and the first proposed section to Gerona, a little over 20 km long is only going to be single carriageway, it lacks the ambition/vision that attracts megabuck foreign finance.

Presented as a long-term megaproject -- say like San Miguel Infrastructure’s plan to extend the TPLEx to Pagudpud with a high-speed rail component plus hopefully Q-tel fiber optic networks -- it may attract long-term development financiers like the JBIC or other Chinese government infrastructure funds. It is the economic upliftment and income stream from the zones affected during the 25- to 30-year franchise term that would make it attractive to bankers.

Projected low vehicle counts are only a small part of the investment consideration picture. Presented as a mere construction project in its current state, the TPLEx doesn’t excite development financiers.

Meantime, all those dreams of three-hour Manila-Baguio all-expressway journeys will have to wait. But will they have to wait for long? Having had to sacrifice the TPLEx to the political compromises of the era, the BCDA still has the strong backing of the JBIC to finance other projects.

There is the 60-km Tarlac to Palayan City Expressway that leads to the Dingalan Bay Pacific Port project. The first 20-km segment is a dual carriageway that starts from the La Paz end of the SCTEx. From there, the route goes northeast, bypassing Victoria, Tarlac and linking with the highway that passes through Guimba, Nueva Ecija. This segment is a vital part of the Central Luzon Expressway that finally gives Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya a long deserved expressway.

From this location, travelers to Baguio exiting at the Guimba end of the first segment of this expressway can follow the existing national highway to Cuyapo, then to Rosales, Pangasinan, then Asingan-Magilas and back to Binalonan on the MacArthur Highway.

From Guimba and until the second dual carriageway segment to the area in between Muñoz and Talavera is built, trucks coming down from the Cagayan Valley Road can now divert from the Maharlika highway to the SCTEx via roads that link to Guimba.

The press reports that our President Aquino, like many Filipinos, enjoys driving on the SCTEx. Since, like many of us, he doesn’t use the “wang-wang” and stops at red lights and toll barriers, he can commiserate with our concerns. All the more reason we hope that he encourages the BCDA to speed up the EC-Tag toll collection integration and interoperability with the NLEx. And even if he may not be such a fan of vacationing in Baguio City the way most of previous presidents were, encouraging the BCDA to get the Tarlac spur expressway started while the TPLEx project proponent surmounts its current difficulties would save a lot of our Cagayan Valley truckers’ lives as they should soon have a safer alternative to the congested Maharlika and MacArthur highways.
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Old November 3rd, 2010, 06:11 AM   #362
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Tito Hermoso is one of the motoring journalists I have great respect for in the way he writes his articles --- well researched, and very forward thinking.

I've traveled on those roads he mentions that are alternatives to the TPLEx...they can be less congested, but you need an updated map or GPS to know where to make those turns. These are best traveled during the day where you can ask around in case you miss a critical turn.

One thing he doesn't explicitly mention in the article is that these routes avoid the major choke point of Urdaneta, Pangasinan. The Pangasinan detours have been around since the time of FVR. They generally remain a secret to most of the motoring public who are more interested in the destination (e.g. Baguio or Agoo) rather than the journey. At least I know I have more alternatives than the 2 or 3 routes I usually take when going north
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Alternative to the TPLEx
Tito F. Hermoso BusinessWorld

Three years ago, the planned completion of the SCTEx had all Baguio and Pagudpud journey makers excited about the prospect of the next step: the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway or TPLEx. Promises of three-hour, all-expressway dual carriageway travel from Manila to Baguio were soon popping up in vacation home development brochures in the City of Pines.

To this day, however, there have been three postponed attempts to inaugurate groundbreaking of the first segment, a short, single carriageway section from La Paz to Gerona.

If the SCTEx (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway) had a tortured history -- resistance from the DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways), troublesome owners during the right of way acquisitions, bad-mouthing from local contractors that did not get subcontracts from the Japanese principals appointed by the JBIC (the project financier of the SCTEx) -- the TPLEx was no less tortured. Since the TPLEx involves the DPWH as the right of way acquisitions arm, the BCDA had to yield to political pressure from towns in Tarlac and Pangasinan who feared a loss of commerce if the TPLEx diverted traffic too far from their unbearably trafficked towns along the MacArthur Highway. Thus the TPLEx ended up being parallel to the MacArthur Highway or Highway 3. The opportunity to pass through cheaper real estate through Nueva Ecija and provide expressway access to the truckers of Cagayan Valley was lost. It would have decongested the single carriageway Maharlika highway where truck accidents are legion.

Is there hope? Unless San Miguel Infrastructure/Northern Thoroughfares can tap China’s overseas infrastructure loans with similar terms and interest as the JBIC’s loans to the BCDA -- the way the SCTEx was funded -- the TPLEx will remain a brochure come-on.

The problem is that it looks like a mere construction project. It does have a toll operation/management provision, originally farmed out to TMC, the current SCTEx and NLEx (North Luzon Expressway) operator, but since finance is so tight and the first proposed section to Gerona, a little over 20 km long is only going to be single carriageway, it lacks the ambition/vision that attracts megabuck foreign finance.

Presented as a long-term megaproject -- say like San Miguel Infrastructure’s plan to extend the TPLEx to Pagudpud with a high-speed rail component plus hopefully Q-tel fiber optic networks -- it may attract long-term development financiers like the JBIC or other Chinese government infrastructure funds. It is the economic upliftment and income stream from the zones affected during the 25- to 30-year franchise term that would make it attractive to bankers.

Projected low vehicle counts are only a small part of the investment consideration picture. Presented as a mere construction project in its current state, the TPLEx doesn’t excite development financiers.

Meantime, all those dreams of three-hour Manila-Baguio all-expressway journeys will have to wait. But will they have to wait for long? Having had to sacrifice the TPLEx to the political compromises of the era, the BCDA still has the strong backing of the JBIC to finance other projects.

There is the 60-km Tarlac to Palayan City Expressway that leads to the Dingalan Bay Pacific Port project. The first 20-km segment is a dual carriageway that starts from the La Paz end of the SCTEx. From there, the route goes northeast, bypassing Victoria, Tarlac and linking with the highway that passes through Guimba, Nueva Ecija. This segment is a vital part of the Central Luzon Expressway that finally gives Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya a long deserved expressway.

From this location, travelers to Baguio exiting at the Guimba end of the first segment of this expressway can follow the existing national highway to Cuyapo, then to Rosales, Pangasinan, then Asingan-Magilas and back to Binalonan on the MacArthur Highway.

From Guimba and until the second dual carriageway segment to the area in between Muñoz and Talavera is built, trucks coming down from the Cagayan Valley Road can now divert from the Maharlika highway to the SCTEx via roads that link to Guimba.

The press reports that our President Aquino, like many Filipinos, enjoys driving on the SCTEx. Since, like many of us, he doesn’t use the “wang-wang” and stops at red lights and toll barriers, he can commiserate with our concerns. All the more reason we hope that he encourages the BCDA to speed up the EC-Tag toll collection integration and interoperability with the NLEx. And even if he may not be such a fan of vacationing in Baguio City the way most of previous presidents were, encouraging the BCDA to get the Tarlac spur expressway started while the TPLEx project proponent surmounts its current difficulties would save a lot of our Cagayan Valley truckers’ lives as they should soon have a safer alternative to the congested Maharlika and MacArthur highways.


ahm nakakatawa naman ito... uhm diba may progress na gngwa na sa carmen rosales? diba nagstart na ito???? dpat wag nya i blame ang SAN miguel... tsk tsk... sya na rin nagsabi na DPWH ang balakid minsan at local govts.... atsaka why think of an alternative wherein something is already being built? this is just too late... and about Cagayan Valley? why dont he look at the NLEE project? that uses Manila, QC , Bulacan , Nueva Ecija, all the way to Cagayan? does he know the projects lined up ? or conceptualized... the research didnt include the 'other' tollway NLEE... he should be barking at AUsPhil Consortium for the Cagayan Expressway... barking at the wrong tree and giving an opinion without consideration demerits the investments made by PRIVATE corporations to help Infra Devt like for this one SMC and DMCI. tsk tsk very funny. No praise... research is not just on paper and books... go at the actual project site! go to ROW acquisition results, etc. I have a better article proposition for you: C6 Expressway in Manila - odd development far from over
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Old November 7th, 2010, 01:07 AM   #364
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Paano ba ang magiging connection ng SCTeX at TPLex? After nung last toll may panibagong toll nanaman ba?o connected na sya parang slex-star.ex
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Old November 7th, 2010, 02:17 AM   #365
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ahm nakakatawa naman ito... uhm diba may progress na gngwa na sa carmen rosales? diba nagstart na ito???? dpat wag nya i blame ang SAN miguel... tsk tsk... sya na rin nagsabi na DPWH ang balakid minsan at local govts.... atsaka why think of an alternative wherein something is already being built? this is just too late... and about Cagayan Valley? why dont he look at the NLEE project? that uses Manila, QC , Bulacan , Nueva Ecija, all the way to Cagayan? does he know the projects lined up ? or conceptualized... the research didnt include the 'other' tollway NLEE... he should be barking at AUsPhil Consortium for the Cagayan Expressway... barking at the wrong tree and giving an opinion without consideration demerits the investments made by PRIVATE corporations to help Infra Devt like for this one SMC and DMCI. tsk tsk very funny. No praise... research is not just on paper and books... go at the actual project site! go to ROW acquisition results, etc. I have a better article proposition for you: C6 Expressway in Manila - odd development far from over
Just want to know if there's a planned expressway for Cagayan Valley.The last time we visited Tuguegarao ay two way pa rin ang daan at madalas na may close traffic if the weather is bad. Madalas rin na magkaaccident. I think its high time na gagawa ng world class freeway to the Northeastern part of Luzon.
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Just want to know if there's a planned expressway for Cagayan Valley.The last time we visited Tuguegarao ay two way pa rin ang daan at madalas na may close traffic if the weather is bad. Madalas rin na magkaaccident. I think its high time na gagawa ng world class freeway to the Northeastern part of Luzon.
I think this is where the North Luzon East Expressway comes in. This will be built by SMC.

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@kaelthas18: Sa tingin ko logical continuation lang ang TPLEX ni SCTEx. So yung Tarlac City exit, derecho lang siguro. Para ngang SLEX-STAR link.
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I think this is where the North Luzon East Expressway comes in. This will be built by SMC.

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@kaelthas18: Sa tingin ko logical continuation lang ang TPLEX ni SCTEx. So yung Tarlac City exit, derecho lang siguro. Para ngang SLEX-STAR link.
As long as they can ensure minimal disruptions along Dalton Pass and other mountainous areas of Nueva Vizcaya, NLEE is a good project. People coming from Santa Fe or Bayombong can just take the Aritao route going to Baguio (BTW, that's concrete already).

Also, TPLEx is indeed the logical continuation of SCTEx. They can build exits going to the major towns and cities that it will pass by (as long as they don't get dictated upon by the local government officials), but these should not pass too close otherwise there will be congestion leading to the tollway. Maybe then there will be a crossover somewhere at Urdaneta and then the road will lead up to the first towns of La Union, at a junction where the left side leads to Ilocos, and the right side to Baguio.
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As long as they can ensure minimal disruptions along Dalton Pass and other mountainous areas of Nueva Vizcaya, NLEE is a good project. People coming from Santa Fe or Bayombong can just take the Aritao route going to Baguio (BTW, that's concrete already).

Also, TPLEx is indeed the logical continuation of SCTEx. They can build exits going to the major towns and cities that it will pass by (as long as they don't get dictated upon by the local government officials), but these should not pass too close otherwise there will be congestion leading to the tollway. Maybe then there will be a crossover somewhere at Urdaneta and then the road will lead up to the first towns of La Union, at a junction where the left side leads to Ilocos, and the right side to Baguio.

THe proposed NLEE will not pass through Dalton Pass and the Aritao road. It will follow the line of sierra madre starting from QC- Bulacan - Nueva Ecija - Isabela - Cagayan. Check the NLEE Thread, but i think its lost LOL.

You can also check the exits for TPLEX in WIkipedia or in google , many resources. I think there will be no congestion because it will be built parallel
and far away from maharlika highway. Based on plans, the current final exit will be at Rosario La Union, so as you said take left to Ilocos, right to Baguio (Kennon Road or Marcos).
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THe proposed NLEE will not pass through Dalton Pass and the Aritao road. It will follow the line of sierra madre starting from QC- Bulacan - Nueva Ecija - Isabela - Cagayan. Check the NLEE Thread, but i think its lost LOL.

You can also check the exits for TPLEX in WIkipedia or in google , many resources. I think there will be no congestion because it will be built parallel
and far away from maharlika highway. Based on plans, the current final exit will be at Rosario La Union, so as you said take left to Ilocos, right to Baguio (Kennon Road or Marcos).
This is what I found, thanks to barrera_marquez (posted back 2.5 years ago):

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North Luzon East Expressway (NLEE) Project
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Construction of toll roads involving the following:
a. Stage 1: a 22 km initially 2-lane toll road extending from Plaridel to San Rafael, Bulacan
b. Stage 2: a 34-km initially 2-lane toll road extending from San Leonardo to San Diego, Cabanatuan
c. Stage 3: a 45 km initially 2-lane toll road connecting the Plaridel and Cabanatuan Bypasses.

Implementing Agencyepartment of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)
Cost and Financing:PhP3,013M (Stage 1)

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The government of the Philippines (GOP) will provide financing for the construction of the project. Upon completion, the operation and maintenance (O&M) of toll facility will be offered to the private sector through concession. Implementation agreement is now being prepared.

Source: http://pdf.ph/downloads/Presentation...h,%2012nn).pdf (Mula NLEE hanggang Metro Manila tollway kumpleto)

Pusa naman o! Bakit two lanes lang? Hindi tayo nag-aasam ng expressway na two lanes lang. Does the government have other plans for these?
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If you look at the PDF file, it only talks about going up to Cabanatuan (Stage 3) in page 23.

So it looks like the Cabanatuan to Tuguegarao stage is still a pipe dream for PNoy's term.
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yung bang ginagawang Plaridel Bypass road, from Burol ng NLEX near Tabang Spur to Cabanatuan, part ba yun ng NLEE?

50.6% na daw ang progress nito, and target date of completion nito ay May 2011 base dun sa nabasa kong nakapaskil don sa kanilang construction site.
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yung bang ginagawang Plaridel Bypass road, from Burol ng NLEX near Tabang Spur to Cabanatuan, part ba yun ng NLEE?

50.6% na daw ang progress nito, and target date of completion nito ay May 2011 base dun sa nabasa kong nakapaskil don sa kanilang construction site.
Hindi ata . this is a DPWH project para maibsan ng konti ang mga dumadaan sa Maharlika Hi way papuntang cagayan valley. NLEE project di pa nagsisimula... idea pa din at sa AusPhil ang contract.

1 article: http://www.positivenewsmedia.net/am2...e_-_DPWH.shtml

laridel bypass road will be completed ahead of schedule - DPWH
MANILA, June 16 (PNA) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has assured that the new road network connecting the Manila North Road and Daang Maharlika Highway or Cagayan Valley Road will be completed ahead of schedule.

Secretary Victor Domingo said that the Plaridel Bypass Road project is now 50.8 percent complete, ahead of 26 percent compared to its scheduled accomplishment rating, and this is due to the long dry season, he added.

“Upon its completion, this new road project will provide a more convenient alternate route for motorists going to Cagayan Valley Region and Central Luzon and vice versa passing through the North Luzon Expressway,” Domingo said.

The project involves the construction of 6.8 kilometers of bypass road which started from the Burol Flyover along North Luzon Expressway and a new interchange ramp traversing northwestern direction passing through the municipalities of Balagtas, Guiginto and Plaridel in Bulacan.

The project also includes the construction of the slope protection works, drainage facilities and installation of road safety devices.

This P 1.5 billion road project is jointly funded by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and Government of the Philippines.

DPWH Philippine Japan Highway Loan Project Director Maximo Carvajal said that with the progress of work, instead of completing the project on May next year, the project is expected to be completed by March 2011. (PNA)
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Right-of-way issues hamper DMCI tollroad project
By Ma. Elisa P. Osorio (The Philippine Star) Updated November 11, 2010 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The first phase of the P19-billion toll road project of D.M. Consunji Inc. (DMCI) has been delayed for seven months due to right of way issues.

In a chance interview, DMCI first vice president for Business Development Overseas Ronaldo R. Elepano Jr. said that the Tarlac Pangasinan La Union Expressway (TPLEX) has been delayed because the government has been unable to clear the area.

Elepano said that it is difficult to start the road project until the government clears the right of way issues. Elepano said nobody can say when the matter between the government and the current land owners will be resolved.

The project was scheduled to begin last April.

In a separate interview, Private Infrastructure Development Corp. (PIDC) President Sammy Lazo said that the cost of the TPLEX may go up because of the changes in scope. Lazo said that there have been variations from the government but refused to elaborate on the matter.

On the issue of right of way, Lazo said that there were no cadastral maps. Likewise, he said that the lots have been subdivided and the owners are John Does. Lazo said there were also problems in documentation and the inconsistent plotting of land.

However, DMCI president and chief Executive Jorge A. Consunji said that they have already cleared the right of way issues for phase one which involves the construction of road from Carmen to Rosario. This phase will take 2.5 years to construct.

Consunji said that they have already cleared 60 percent of the 50 kilometer Carmen to Rosario phase. For the 30 kilometer stretch that is deemed ready for construction, Consunji said that they will need P4 billion.
The initial P4 billion will come from the P1.5-billion seed fund contributed by DMCI and diversifying conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) its partners in the consortium Private Infrastructure Development Corp. (PIDC). SMC, through Rapid Thoroughfares Inc., owns 35 percent of PIDC, making it the biggest shareholder in the company. DMCI, on the other hand, has a 32-percent stake. The two own majority or 67 percent of PIDC.
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Anyone know the distance of Tarlac City to Carmen, Pangasinan?
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PPP boom seen to boost road infrastructure sector in 2011

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Other expansion projects that the government will implement in partnership with the private sector in 2011, according to Fernandez, are the MRT 3 and LRT Line 1 expansion to Bacoor, Cavite; LRT Line 2 expansion from Santolan to Masinag; the Cavite-Laguna (CaLa) Expressway that will link the Coastal Road to Silang, Cavite; and the Tarlac-La Union Toll Expressway (TLUTEX) that will extend the NLEX to Rosario, La Union.

Is this TLUTEx the same at the TPLEx?
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I see...I thought sa SCTEx ang logical start ng TPLEx...bakit sa NLEx?
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I see...I thought sa SCTEx ang logical start ng TPLEx...bakit sa NLEx?
Either it was an error on the part of the reporter or he/she was just clueless about these projects he he!
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well I guess SCTEX sort of extended the express highway experience of NLEX to Tarlac though they stand as separate expressways
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well I guess SCTEX sort of extended the express highway experience of NLEX to Tarlac though they stand as separate expressways
Probably the reporter was already assuming that since MNTC will take over management of the SCTEx soon, they are considered one entity already. But pau_p1 is correct, they are separate expressways.
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Old November 11th, 2010, 09:59 AM   #380
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Sorry for my ignorance, disknowledge, but has this expressway ever taken off yet ? Never seen any pictures of construction going on......
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