The Department of Transportation (DOTr), through its Facebook account, recently released an advisory about the affected roads of the LRT Line 2 East (Masinag, Antipolo) Extension Project.
For the uninitiated, the LRT-2 Extension Project is a P1.17 billion project that will add a 4 km elevated railway, stretching from Santolan, Pasig to Masinag, Antipolo City. The project involves 2 new stations: Emerald Station in front of Robinsons Metro East Cainta and Masinag Station before Masinag Junction in Antipolo City. It is expected that these stations will accommodate 80,000 passengers per day.
This will cause a bit of inconvenience. The construction will cause a bit of traffic but we should get this done. Panandaliang hirap pero ang kapalit ay pangmatagalang ginhawa,” said DOTr secretary Arthur Tugade.
According to the post, 2 lanes each of Marcos Highway east and west bound from Cornel Hospital to SM City Masinag, will be closed to motorists, starting tomorrow (June 1) until July 13 of 2018. This is to give way in regards to the construction of Masinag Station.
Then, on June 28 (Wednesday) to July 13, 2018, a portion of Marcos Highway east and west bound will also be closed to traffic. The part from Felix Avenue to Robinsons Metro East will be affected by the construction of the Emerald Station, which is going to be located in front of the said mall.
DOTr advises the public to take alternate routes instead. For vehicles coming from Sumulong-Marcos Highway intersection en route to Cubao/C5, traverse Sumulong Highway then pass Bonifacio Avenue, all the way to Aurora Boulevard. Same for those coming from Cubao or C5, take Bonifacio Avenue-Sumulong Highway route.
The LRT-2 Extension Project is expected to be completed in August 2018. The agency believes that the travel time from Recto Avenue to Masinag will be reduced to 40 minutes. This is a huge difference compared to the 3 hours average time when taking buses and jeepneys.
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