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BCDA, PIDC implement SCTEX-TPLEX joint operation plan

The state-owned Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA), builder and owner of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and the Private Infra Dev Corporation (PIDC), concession holder of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) implemented today (07 March 2014) at 6:00 am, a joint toll operations plan for the SCTEX-TPLEX interconnection.

BCDA President and CEO Arnel Paciano D. Casanova said the joint operation plan is expected to provide motorists the convenience of stopping at just one toll plaza to pay their exit fee and at the same time get their entry ticket for the next expressway they are entering.

“The interconnection between the SCTEX and TPLEX will tremendously save precious time for the motorists as they travel both expressways,” Casanova said.

He said that the interconnection will address the long queuing of vehicles especially during holidays where traffic volume in the expressways increase exponentially. “It will also provide motorists convenience and faster travel time to their destination,” Casanova said.

Under the joint operation plan, the temporary SCTEX toll plaza located under the San Miguel overpass will be deactivated.  The TPLEX Central Barrier Toll Plaza will serve as the toll plaza where motorists exiting the SCTEX will pay their SCTEX exit toll fee. Following payment of their exit toll fee, motorists will also be handed their entry ticket to the TPLEX.

Similarly, motorists exiting the TPLEX will pay their exit toll fee at the TPLEX Central Toll  Plaza and at the same time, get the entry ticket to the SCTEX.

The TPLEX Parclo Plaza in Tarlac will also be  established to address vehicles coming from  Mac Arthur Highway bound for the SCTEX and vehicles from TPLEX bound for the Mac Arthur highway.

Also under the planned interconnection, the SCTEX La Paz Toll Plaza will be re-activated to address vehicles bound for Nueva Ecija. It would be recalled that when the temporary SCTEX toll plaza located under the San Miguel overpass was established, the La Paz Toll Plaza was deactivated as the temporary SCTEX toll plaza also serviced vehicles bound for the SCTEX  La Paz exit.

The joint  SCTEX-TPLEX operation plan will continue until the permanent Tarlac Toll Plaza of the SCTEX is completed.

The permanent Tarlac Toll Plaza will cost some P175 million.  The BCDA will shoulder the cost of the toll plaza’s detailed design, traffic management and installation of the Toll Collection System (TCS) amounting to  P25 million. The DPWH on the other hand will fund the civil works at a cost of P150 million—the bulk of which involves the construction of the toll plaza.

Just recently, DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson gave the green light to commence at the soonest the construction of the Tarlac Toll Plaza. The DPWH is now preparing for the procurement process for the construction of the Tarlac Toll Plaza.

BCDA Project Manager for SCTEX Services Joshua M. Bingcang earlier said the construction of the permanent toll plaza will take some six months assuming favorable construction weather conditions.

Casanova also said that BCDA is also exploring an interconnection project with the Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC), concession holder of the NLEX.