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Alternating road closures on Marcos Highway set by MMDA

The usual traffic bedlam in Marcos Highway. Image © newsinfo.inquirer.net

THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority will implement starting this weekend an alternating road closure scheme on a portion of Marcos Highway as the construction of Light Rail Transit Line 2 East Extension Project progresses, a high ranking agency official said.

Jose Arturo “Jojo” Garcia Jr., MMDA Acting General Manager, said private contractor DMCI Holdings Incorporated will begin tomorrow, Sunday (February 25) the construction of coping beam at the Emerald Station in Cainta that would require the alternating closure of Marcos Highway’s westbound and eastbound lanes.

First to be closed to vehicular traffic on Sunday, at 11 pm, is westbound lane of Marcos Highway, covering 50 meter-stretch, to give way to the construction activity.

A zipper lane or counter flow scheme will be in effect on the eastbound lane to accommodate vehicles going to Quezon City.

Based on agreed guidelines, Garcia said contractors are only allowed to work on the project during night-time, a period when vehicular traffic is light. The scheme would last until October this year.

He also said the private contractor is allowed to work according to the agreed schedule: Monday to Thursday, from 11 pm to 4 am; Friday, from 12 midnight to 5 am; Saturday, from 11 pm to 5 am and Sunday, from 11 pm to 4 am. During said periods, either westbound or eastbound lane would be closed.

Other construction activities include lifting of beam, concreting of coping beam, launching of girder, concreting of deck slab and construction of stairs and conveying system.

Garcia reminded the private contractor to coordinate with the MMDA should there be any movement or change in the agreed guidelines.

We give our 100 percent support to the government’s Build, Build, Build program. We believe that coordination is the key to mitigate the traffic problems that this infrastructure project would cause,” said Garcia, during a recent press briefing.

Any single movement we need to know, with at least three-day notice,” he added.

MMDA traffic enforcers, private contractor’s flagmen and traffic enforcers of Pasig City, Marikina City and Rizal province, will be hand in hand in managing traffic flow along the thoroughfare.

The LRT Line 2 East Extension project involves the construction of two new stations: Emerald Station in Cainta and Masinag in Antipolo.

In October last year, the MMDA rerouted public utility jeeps plying Marcos Highway that effectively eased congestion in the area.

Jeeps going to Cainta and Antipolo in Rizal province were prohibited to load and unload passengers in front of two shopping malls along the major thoroughfare, an identified choke point area.

Instead, jeeps were made to enter an access road leading to a mall’s parking area where designated loading and unloading area are located.

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