MANILA, Aug. 12 (PNA) – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has required the contractor of the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) extension to Masinag, Antipolo City from Santolan in Pasig City to submit a traffic management rerouting plan before continuing with the project.
During a meeting held on Wednesday at the MMDA office in Makati City, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino asked the officials of the LRT-2 and project contractor DM Consunji Inc. to discuss how to manage the traffic problem that the project would cause in the area.
The MMDA chief told the contractor and the LRT management to present a traffic management plan in coordination with the local government units of Marikina, Antipolo and Pasig, together with a project timeline, a list of flagmen to be deployed at the site before they can be granted the necessary clearance.
“Hanggang walang traffic management plan, wala muna tayong clearance. You need to provide us with a list of flagmen to be trained first before deployment,” he said.
Tolentino noted that the LRTA has started with the soil testing and two lanes of the Marcos Highway have been closed to vehicular traffic. The project will last up to 36 months.
Tolentino scheduled another meeting on Friday to finalize the preparations for the project.
The Department of Transportation and Communications’ (DOTC) LRT-2 East Extension Project will add four kilometers to the existing line.
The PhP 9.5-billion project covers the construction of an additional 4.2-kilometer elevated viaduct from the current end-station in Santolan, Pasig City to the junction of Marcos and Sumulong highways. It is projected to serve at least 526,400 passengers per week by 2045.
Two additional stations will be built — the Emerald Station in Cainta, Rizal and the Masinag Station at the Masinag junction in Antipolo City. (PNA)