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LRT1 Cavite extension 73% done —LRMC

The construction of the first phase of the P64-billion Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT1) extension to Bacoor, Cavite is now 73% complete, private sector operator Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) said Thursday.

In a statement, LRMC said that the 73% overall progress rate for the 11.7-kilometer LRT1 Cavite Extension Project was achieved as of end-August 2022.

It covers the project’s ongoing electromechanical works such as the laying of rails and installation of the electrical system, as well as the construction of the additional five new LRT1 stations for the project’s phase 1: Redemptorist, MIA, PITX Asia World, Ninoy Aquino, and Dr. Santos.

Trackwork installation is now halfway complete with recent activities such as the simultaneous installations of pre-track assembly, shear connector, rebar, formworks support for track plinth, concrete pouring, and derailment wall, according to LRMC.

The company said the installation of tracks and overhead catenary system on the viaduct will continue at Ninoy Aquino Station, which has required a temporary closure of a portion of the outer lane (northbound) of Imelda Bridge linking Barangays La Huerta and Sto. Niño in Parañaque City, from October 10 until November 10 (9 p.m. to 4 a.m. daily).

“This is to give way to the casting of concrete plinths and pedestals in the area,” LRMC said.

“Column and pier cleanup, including finishing works, will also commence at CAVITEX-Parañaque Bridge starting 7 a.m. of October 15  until 11 a.m. of October 16, 2022,” it added.

The company said these works will require temporary closure of the inner or leftmost northbound of the carriageway.

“Motorists are advised to plan their trips ahead and take alternative routes,” LRMC said.

LRMC is a joint venture company of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation's Metro Pacific Light Rail Corporation, Ayala Corporation’s AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation, and the Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure’s Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) PTE Ltd., which took over the management and operations of LRT1 in September 2015. — Ted Cordero/BM, GMA News