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LRT-1 extension resumes limited work

Maria Romero

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Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC), the operator of Light Rail Transit-Line 1 (LRT-1), has resumed limited work on the 11.7-kilometer Cavite Extension Project after receiving the approval to continue select repair and infrastructure activities amid strict quarantine orders nationwide.

LRMC said the scheduled test pit works like bridge and pipe inspection needed for the construction along the CAVITEX–Paranaque bridge is set to begin on 7 May until 22 May. To give way to the necessary activities in the area, the innermost northbound lane along the bridge is temporarily closed.

The design and assembly work and select tasks at the precast yard area are also ongoing.

The train operator said preventive and corrective maintenance work, including the replacement of air-conditioning compressor units, are likewise in progress “to ensure the public of better service” when LRT-1 resumes operation.

LRMC chief operating officer Enrico Benipayo vowed to observe proper health protocols for workers following the mandate of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease and Department of Health.

Approved by the National Economic and Development Authority board in November 2013, the P64.9-billion LRT-1 Cavite extension project, a public-private partnership venture, aims to add 11.7-kilometers to the Baclaran-Bacoor, Cavite segment to the existing 18.1-kilometer train line. The new stretch has eight stations.

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