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Friday, August 28, 2015

Traffic Plan Dry Run For LRT-2 Project Set on August 29

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At a press conference earlier today, August 28, 2015, at the LRT-2 Depot located at Santolan, Quezon City, a panelist composed of spokespersons from the LTO, LRTA and DOTC announce the traffic management plan for LRT-2 Masinag East Extension. There will be a dry run to initiate on August 29, 2015.

We also made a quick tour of the actual site were the extending viaduct along Marcos Highway will be constructed. There will also be two (2) additional stations to be constructed — one to be situated in front of the Robinsons Metro East and Sta. Lucia East Grand Malls, and a second one at the Masinag Junction in Antipolo City.

Since the dry run is already scheduled tomorrow, we will post the press conference video coverage and video invites on a later date, and just proceed in sharing to you their official press release sent to us earlier this morning. We were out all day until late at night covering other event so we could only share this right now. Watch out for the videos soon at and the photos at

Below is their official press release:

Aiming to start construction works for the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) Masinag Extension project before the end of September, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) will conduct a dry run of their proposed traffic management plan (TMP) tomorrow, August 29.

“Mass transportation is a major solution to traffic, because it moves people more efficiently. The LRT-2 extension to Masinag is one of our many railway and bus modernization projects which are precisely designed to ease congestion in and around Metro Manila, so we are eager, and likewise it is imperative, to start works immediately,” said DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya.

Once the project is completed in the third quarter of 2017, travel time from Masinag to Recto will be down to only thirty-six (36) minutes, a considerable cut from present conditions which require taking a jeepney or UV Express ride plus a transfer to the LRT-2 Santolan Station in order to reach Recto, the total travel time of which normally takes over an hour to 1.5 hours.

Project Background

The LRT-2 Masinag Extension project covers the construction of a 3.9-kilometer fully-elevated viaduct along Marcos Highway and two (2) additional stations — one to be situated in front of the Robinsons Metro East and Sta. Lucia East Grand Malls, and a second one at the Masinag Junction in Antipolo City.

The project will be operational in the third quarter of 2017 and is projected to cater to an additional 75,000 daily passengers, easing traffic in the area.

Proposed TMP During Construction

Project contractor D.M. Consunji, Inc. (DMCI) has begun initial test pitting, spanning a 300-meter section along the center island of Marcos Highway. Actual construction works targeted in September will begin near the Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, and will be executed by two teams working in opposite directions towards the Masinag Junction and the Santolan Station, respectively.

Once construction is in full swing, the entire 3.9-kilometer stretch will have reduced lanes for traffic: the current 5 lanes per direction will be down to 4 lanes each, as the innermost lanes of both directions will be closed down.

Under the TMP, sections of the outermost lanes of each side will be used for loading and unloading bays for public utility vehicles (PUVs). The remaining three lanes will be used for regular traffic, with the innermost open lane for U-turning vehicles, and the next lane for fast vehicles.

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) will deploy personnel to help enforce road discipline, such as proper loading and unloading at designated stops only, during construction.

Three (3) intersections along Marcos Highway will be opened for motorists: Felix Avenue Extension, Amang Rodriguez Intersection, and De La Paz Intersection. For each U-turn slot that is closed for construction works, another U-turn slot will be opened nearby, to ensure that traffic flow is not disrupted.

Traffic signages will be put up and 132 flag men will be deployed to guide motorists. Movable waiting sheds which may be transferred as construction progresses will also be provided for commuters at designated loading and unloading areas.

Six (6) alternate routes have also been identified, in order to give motorists other options: Sumulong Highway, A. Rodriguez to J. Rizal, Felix Avenue to Fernando Avenue, Calle Industria, Kaginhawaan, and Ortigas Avenue Extension.

Marcos Highway accommodates a volume of 5,172 vehicles per hour on the westbound lane and 705 vehicles per hour on the eastbound lane during morning peak hours. For the evening peak, there are around 4,219 vehicles per hour on the westbound lane and 3,157 vehicles per hour on the eastbound lane.

The TMP is under review by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and part of its approval process is the conduct of a dry run.

Dry Run Starting on August 29

For the dry run which will begin at 4:00am tomorrow, the Marcos Highway-Felix Avenue intersection will be opened to allow left turns for vehicles. Flag men will be deployed and signages will be installed to assist motorists.

Adjustments will be made as necessary, depending on its effect on traffic. Should this scheme prove to be successful, the same system will eventually be used for the Amang Rodriguez and De La Paz intersections.

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