The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has given an update on the progress of the LRT-1 Extension in Cavite, which is now 58 percent complete.

According to the latest report, girders have been installed along the Manila-Cavite Expressway (Cavitex).

Transportation Secretary Art Tugade said the girders will fast-track the construction of the project.

He noted that the horizontal support structures are put in place using the full span girder launching method. This strategy is faster in comparison to traditional pre-casting techniques.

The LRT-1 Cavite Extension Project marked another milestone with its successful girder installation along CAVITEX on 09...

Posted by Art Tugade on Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Tugade assured that current operations along the CAVITEX should not be a cause of concern for motorists as it will not cause traffic congestion.

“Further, these girders will no longer have to be transported via road transport, so as not to cause traffic congestion along the affected areas,” he explained in a Facebook post.

Once finished, the extension is expected to reduce travel time between Baclaran and Bacoor, Cavite from 1 hour and 10 minutes to just 25 minutes.

The project is also set to increase LRT-1’s accommodation from 500,000 to 800,000 passengers daily.

Work on the project started in 2019 after DOTr expedited the acquisition of right of ways (ROWs) for the extension. However, it’s been in the works since 2000 after receiving initial approval from the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Investment Coordination Committee.

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