December 11, 2017 | MANILA, PHILIPPINES

Lopez-led First Balfour tapped for LRT-1 project

LIGHT RAIL Manila Corporation (LRMC) has signed an agreement with Lopez-led engineering and construction firm First Balfour for the P980-million Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) Structural Restoration Project.

In a statement, the LRT-1 operator said the project -- which includes the restoration of 36-year-old parapets, faulty concrete, and repair of river bridges of the railway -- is the largest single contract awarded for the existing line to date and a major component towards enhanced passenger safety.

“This project is a priority for us given that it concerns the safety of our passengers,” LRMC President and CEO Rogelio L. Singson was quoted as saying.

“While we have been working towards powering up more trains, replacing the tracks, and improving the environment of the stations, the structural integrity of all LRT-1 stations is our prime concern and responsibility,” he added.

LRMC said the LRT-1 Structural Restoration Project was given the Notice to Proceed last March with target completion in two years.

First Balfour has previously worked on LRT-1 projects. In 2005, First Balfour did the power supply and electrical works for the LRT-1 capacity expansion project and it also completed the design and build contract of the LRT-1 North Extension project, through a joint venture with Consunji-Led DMCI Holdings, Inc.

The structural restoration project will complement the ongoing P500-million station improvement project for LRT-1. LRMC started the refurbishment of the Doroteo Jose station in December 2015, followed by EDSA, Central, Gil Puyat, Pedro Gil, United Nations, R. Papa, and Abad Santos stations.

Mr. Singson said the LRT-1 stations need to handle the growing demand, as the company has seen operational and engineering efficiencies after taking over the operations and maintenance of the system in September 2015. -- Imee Charlee C. Delavin