Heads up, Caviteños—we have some news for you, both good and bad.
First off, the bad: The innermost lane along the northbound portion of Cavitex—specifically along the Cavite-Parañaque bridge—will be closed from March 17 to 31, 2020. This will most likely cause a slowdown of traffic in the area. The good news? Well, this lane closure will be implemented to make way for the ongoing construction of the LRT-1 Cavite Extension project.
The announcement was made by the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) only recently. As of its latest update, the agency says the project is now 36.8% complete since it began construction back in September of last year.
“We would like to request for the understanding and cooperation of all motorists using the Cavitex. The temporary road closure of one lane is necessary to prepare the foundations needed to construct the LRT-1 Cavite Extension in the area and complete it as scheduled,” said LRMC Cavite Extension Management Team project execution manager Reynaldo Pangilinan. “We are working closely with various government offices such as the [Department of Transportation], [Light Rail Transit Authority], Department of Public Works and Highways, Philippine Reclamation Authority, Toll Regulatory Board, Metro Manila Development Authority, Maynilad, Cavitex Infrastructure Corporation, and the local government units for the construction works and traffic management.
“We thank the public for their patience, and we would like to reassure them that this temporary inconvenience will bring long-term benefits.”
Once completed, the project will see the extension of the LRT-1 line from Baclaran all the way to Bacoor, Cavite. Travel time between the two areas is expected to be reduced from more than an hour to just around 25 minutes. There will be eight new train stations to be built along this 11.7km extension, and it will increase the train system’s daily passenger capacity from 300,000 to 800,000.
So, motorists: How do you think will the lane closure affect traffic in the area? As for commuters, what do you think about the construction’s current progress so far?