San Miguel Corp. (SMC) has resumed construction works at the Metro Rail Transit line 7’s (MRT-7) Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC) station, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
To recall, the local government of Quezon City suspended the above-ground construction works of QMC station last February as it would affect the Quezon Circle landmark’s identity as a national heritage park. SMC submitted a new design to resolve the issue on the alignments in the QMC station.
The DOTr-MRT7 traffic management task force announced traffic adjustment at the North avenue portion of Elliptical road in Quezon City was implemented starting over the weekend to give way to the completion of the pending segment of the tunnel guideway going to and coming from the QMC station, which is targeted to be finished this November.
During the implementation of the plan, passable lanes at the Elliptical road-North avenue will be modified to curved lanes as fence for the MRT-7 construction at the side of QMC will be adjusted towards the North avenue side.
MRT-7 construction works are 58 percent complete as of June this year. Despite the pandemic, SMC is still on track to start partial operations with nine stations by the end of 2021.
These stations are North avenue, Quezon Memorial, University avenue, Tandang Sora, Don Antonio, Batasan, Mangahan, Dona Carmen and Regalado.
By 2022, MRT-7 is targeted to be fully completed and operational with the opening of the remaining five stations: Mindanao, Quirino Highway, Sacred Heart, Tala and San Jose Del Monte in Bulacan.
Construction of the MRT depot which is located along Quirino Highway in Barangay Lagro, Quezon City is also ongoing.
MRT-7 is composed of 14 stations and aims to cut travel time from North avenue to San Jose del Monte down to 35 minutes. It is seen to ease traffic in Quezon City and is expected to serve 850,000 commuters once operational.