Good news fellow motorists! Another section of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway otherwise known as TPLEx was opened earlier today (April 16, 2014) just in time for the Lenten Season. The new section is 26 kilometers long and stretches from Paniqui, Tarlac all the way to Carmen, Rosales, Pangasinan.
This Carmen Exit is rightfully situated as it connects back to Mac Arthur Highway about a hundred meters past SM Rosales which is the major cause of heavy traffic in the area. It means that you'll never get to encounter the heavy traffic congestion leading to SM.
The newly opened TPLEx section is expected to cut travel time for those going to Pangasinan by around an hour and a half. Toll fee from Tarlac City to Carmen Exit is said to P170.00. Quite expensive compared to SCTEx and NLEX fees but worth it.
Meanwhile, Section 2 of the toll road stretching another 13.72 km from Carmen, Rosales to Urdaneta in Pangasinan is expected to be opened this December.
....and the last section stretching 25.83 km from Urdaneta in Pangasinan to Rosario in La Union is reported to be completed next year.