The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will put up fast lanes in preparation for the extension project of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) 2 in Marcos Highway, which is expected to bring heavy traffic in the area.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the Traffic Engineering Center (TEC), along with the traffic teams from the cities of Pasig and Marikina, will put up fast lanes for westbound and eastbound traffic.
Tolentino has asked DM Consunji Inc. to submit a traffic management and rerouting plan before starting the construction of the rail project. The MMDA chief met with officials of the LRT2 and DM Consunji Inc. (DMCI) on Wednesday to discuss how to manage the traffic that the project will cause in the area.
The MMDA particularly wants DMCI to submit a presentation of a traffic management plan in coordination with the local government units of Marikina and Pasig.
“If there will be no traffic management plan, we will not issue any clearance. You need to provide us with a list of flagmen to be trained first before deployment,” Tolentino said in the meeting.
The LRTA, he added, has started with the soil testing and two lanes have been closed to vehicular traffic. The project will last 36 months.
The project will extend the existing LRT Line 2 by 4.19 kilometers eastward from the Santolan Station in Marcos Highway to the intersection of Marcos Highway and Sumulong Highway.
The construction on Marcos Highway will be for elevated railways or viaducts. It will add another four kilometers to Line 2 to accommodate two more stations — Emerald and Masinag — in Antipolo City, Rizal.