Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Brent Co | posted October 31, 2014 10:25
TPLEx expects 20 % increase in vehicular volume
The Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Land Transportation Office, Department of Public Works and Highways-Region 1, local government units (LGUs) and various other public and private organizations have gotten together to clear up the roads leading up to the northern part of Luzon to help motorists reach their destination as quickly and safely as possible for Undas 2014.
Citizens have been reminded to clear the roads of illegally parked vehicles and palay beds and traffic enforcers have been tasked to implement Department Order 73 prohibiting the presence of any type of obstruction or hazard on the road.
“This is a perennial problem… (cars are parked and palay beds are spread for sun drying along road shoulders) These pose hazard and obstruction to all road users,” said Melchito Catro, OCD director in Region 1.
‘Kuligligs’ or farm tractors have also been banned from using the national road.
Police assistance centers have also been put up along the national road and other places of interest like cemeteries, churches and beaches while mobile patrols make the rounds to deter criminal activity.
Members of the local government will monitor the activity in bus terminals, seaports and airports to ensure the safety of travellers.
Road information at vital chokepoints along TPLEX-Pangasinan-Viscaya road, the Villasis-Sison MNR ongoing widening projects, and in Rosario intersection and Kennon Road in Agoo will be made visible to notify motorists so they can make the necessary adjustments.
Motorists taking the TPLEx are advised to plan their trip. An increase of 20% in vehicular volume is being expected starting October 31 until November 1.
TPLEx currently connects from Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) to Rosales in Pangasinan.