Transport officials to discuss resumption of traffic plan dry run for LRT-2 extension project

September 1, 2015 5:14 am 

MANILA, Aug. 31 — After suspending the proposed traffic management plan dry run for the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) Masinag Extension project on Saturday, transport officials are set to meet on Tuesday to discuss when it will resume.

Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) spokesperson Hernando Cabrera said representatives from Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), contractor D.M. Consunji, Inc. (DMCI), and the LRTA will be present in the meeting.

“There will be a coordination meeting tomorrow at 10 am between MMDA, DMCI, and LRTA to discuss the matter,” Cabrera said.

Part of the approval process for the traffic management plan, which is currently under review by the MMDA, is to conduct a dry run.

To recall, it was earlier assumed that the dry run had to be suspended due to heavy traffic despite the opening of the Marcos Highway-Imelda Ave./Felix Ave. intersection.

MMDA Traffic Engineering Center Chief Noemi Recio, however, said that it was not road closures but construction work in Cainta, Rizal which caused traffic to worsen.

“Road closures in Ortigas and Shaw did not affect the dry run. It’s the construction work near Green Park in Cainta that caused the congestion due to the concreting of the road they did,” Recio said.

MMDA opted to close the intersection for the meantime since the construction proper (of the LRT-2 Masinag Extension project) will start on Sept 17,”she added.

The LRT-2 Masinag Extension project involves the construction of a four-kilometer elevated viaduct from Santolan, Pasig City to Masinag, Antipolo City.

Under this project, two additional stations will also be built—the Emerald Station in Cainta, Rizal, and the Masinag Station at the Masinag Junction in Antipolo City.

When completed, travel time from Masinag to Recto will be cut to 36 minutes, from conditions which require taking a jeep or UV Express ride, and a transfer to the LRT-2 Santolan Station to reach Recto, the total travel time of which usually takes over an hour to 1.5 hours.

The project is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2017. (PNA)

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