TO give way for the construction of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1 Cavite Extension Project, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and the Department of Transportation (DOTR) are planning to relocate the electric posts of the Manila Electric Company (Meralco).
Officials of the MMDA Traffic Engineering Center, DOTR and Meralco met on Thursday aimed to minimize the traffic impact that the relocation of the electric posts on a portion of Roxas Boulevard in Paranaque City would cause.
Under the plan, several Meralco electric posts located along Roxas Boulevard between Redemptorist Road and Bradco Avenue will be relocated in several phases for a period of 70 days.
DOTR’s private contractors have also asked the MMDA to allow them to occupy one to two lanes of the affected portion as their working area.
The MMDA has yet to give clearance for the electric post relocation project that would affect both private and public utility vehicles traversing both directions of the major thoroughfare daily.
Also, the agency wants to ensure that a traffic management plan is in place before the project starts to ensure its minimal effect to the traffic flow.
The LRT Line 1 Cavite Extension Project will provide an additional 11.7 kilometers to the existing 20.7 km LRT Line 1 system and will traverse southward, covering the cities of Parañaque and Las Piñas in Metro Manila and Bacoor in Cavite.
The project is expected to increase LRT Line 1’s ridership from 500,000 to 800,000 per day and reduce travel time between Baclaran and Bacoor Cavite, from one to two hours to only 25 minutes.