Launching gantry ‘speeds up’ Malolos-Clark railway construction

by Philippine Resources - May 18, 2022

Photo credit: The Department of Transportation - The launching gantry dubbed 'Luid' used in the construction of the NSCR Malolos-Clark segment

The construction of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) Malolos-Clark segment reached a milestone on Tuesday with its first use of a launching gantry—a special purpose mobile gantry crane used in bridge construction.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said the launching gantry—dubbed ‘Luid’ or ‘Mabuhay’ in Kapampangan—represents the first time such equipment was used in Pampanga province.

“Luid will travel 5.5 kilometers between Barangay Lourdes, Minalin in Pampanga and Barangay Gatbuca, Calumpit in Bulacan, and will be utilized to construct the railway viaduct,” the DOTr said on its Facebook post.

The launching gantry will lift 16 35-ton pre-casted segmental box girders and combine them into one 40-meter railway viaduct span.

“In total, Luid will create 140 railway viaduct spans,” the DOTr said.

It said Luid is only one of 11 launching gantries that will be operated in the Malolos-Clark segment of the NSCR system.

The use of launching gantries, it said, is an “internationally recognized method of construction to ensure the safe, efficient, and quality construction of the NSCR.”

It noted that the launching gantries were procured through official development assistance (ODA) loans from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The NSCR system—operated by the Philippine National Railways (PNR)—is a mass transport rail system from Clark International Airport (CRK) in Pampanga to Calamba, Laguna.

The DOTr said the NSCR is seen to create “over 47,000 direct jobs and 106,000 indirect jobs” during its construction, contributing to post-Covid-19 and economic growth in Luzon, particularly in Region 3, 4-A, and the National Capital Region. By Raymond Carl Dela Cruz

 

Article courtesy of the Philippine News Agency


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