Heading up to Baguio or further north over the Christmas holiday? We have some good news for you as a new portion of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) has been temporarily opened to motorists.

Called the Sison-Rosario segment, the new 4-kilometer section further extends the total span of TPLEX and is expected to cut 30 minutes of travel time from Metro Manila to Baguio City. What's more is that the new section is toll-free during the holidays.

However, it will be closed once more to the public come January 2020 for the finishing touches to be completed. Trucks and other heavy vehicles, however, will not be allowed to pass through the Sison-Rosario section of TPLEX.

While intially planned to be opened at a much earlier date, it took San Miguel Corporation almost two years to finish due to right-of-way problems. But with the work nearing completion, SMC said that they are looking at officially opening the Sison-Rosario segment around February 2020.

In the future, SMC plans to extend TPLEX all the way to La Union, particularly in San Fernando and in San Juan. It will be divided into three section segments, namely: Rosario to Tubao, Tubao to Naguilian, and Naguilian to San Juan. There are also plans of stretching TPLEX all the way to Laoag, Ilocos Norte although there are no exact details yet regarding the extension as of late.