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Heavy traffic looms ahead of closure of Tandang Sora flyover

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, 15 February 2019 12:19 PM

Traffic at Tandang Sora flyover

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The EEI Corporation is set to demolish Tandang Sora flyover along Commonwealth Avenue to give way to the construction of the MRT Line 7.

On Thursday (February 14), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced that starting February 23 at 11:00 p.m., Tandang Sora flyover will be fully closed to motorists.

Aside from the flyover, the Tandang Sora and Commonwealth Avenue intersections will also be closed to traffic as construction works progress.

Meanwhile, the MMDa will put up a U-turn slot in front of Microtel and Home Depot along Commonwealth Avenue to assist motorists.

The agency is suggesting the construction of a temporary elevated U-turn slot, but the contractor, EEI Corporation, said it will discuss first the possible cost of the project.

Based on MMDA data, about 3,000 cars ply the Tandang Sora flyover every day.

Motorists are advised to expect heavy traffic on the duration of the project.

The contractor, meanwhile, is appealing for patience and understanding from the public as the construction will take up to two years to finish. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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MMDA warns of heavy traffic as Tandang Sora Flyover shuts down

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, 2 March 2019 06:08 PM

Tandang Sora flyover

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has warned motorists of snarling traffic situations in Quezon City as it shuts down the Tandang Sora Flyover and intersection.

MMDA said the flyover along Commonwealth Avenue would be closed beginning 11 p.m. Saturday (March 2) to give way to the construction of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) line 7. It was previously scheduled on February 23 but was postponed for a week as requested by the local government of Quezon City.

Based on data from the agency, more than 100,000 motorists are expected to be affected by the closure of the busy Tandang Sora flyover and intersection.

Alternate routes announced for motorists affected by the closure of Tandang Sora flyover and intersection beginning March 2, 2019. Photo from MMDA/DOTr

In light of the closure, the MMDA has bared possible alternate routes for affected motorists.

For those going to Quezon Memorial Circle, take a U-turn in front of Home Depot, turn right on Luzon Avenue and exit Congressional Extension; or turn right on Tandang Sora Avenue and U-turn on Congressional Extension.

For those coming from Fairview, turn right on Don Antonio, go through Mapayapa going to Luzon Avenue.

When going to Katipunan, motorists may turn right on Luzon Avenue, U-turn on Congressional Extension and proceed to Luzon Flyover;

They may also take a U-turn near the Technohub and turn right on Tandang Sora going to Katipunan. Motorists can also go under the Luzon Flyover; or make a U-turn on Commonwealth Avenue-Elliptical Road and turn right on University Avenue, then turn right again on C.P. Garcia exiting to Katipunan.

The U-turn slot under the Luzon Avenue flyover will also be moved to Congressional Avenue Extension before Monday, according to MMDA.

The Quezon City Department of Public Order and Safety (QC-DPOS), meanwhile, assured to open subdivision gates when necessary to address heavy traffic.

Under the MRT-7 project, the Tandang Sora flyover will be demolished for the construction of the Tandang Sora Station. It is expected to be completed in two years.

The MMDA has urged the public to cooperate and follow traffic rules for the success of the project. – Robie de Guzman

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MMDA clears roads near Tandang Sora flyover ahead of its closure

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 26 February 2019 01:50 PM

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday conducted clearing operations along Tandang Sora and Luzon Avenues in Quezon City ahead of the closure of Tandang Sora Flyover and intersection in March.

Members of the MMDA Task Force Special Operations cleared all road obstructions, including illegally-parked vehicles, damaged and unused tricycles and illegal vendors, on Tandang Sora Avenue.

They also relocated a small stall from the sidewalk despite complaints from its owner, and ordered a construction supply store owner to orderly transfer the large mounds of gravel and sand that they dumped on the street fronting their shop.

The MMDA personnel then scoured the stretch of Luzon Avenue to remove illegal food stalls and vendors that were occupying the entire sidewalk.

Around two truckloads of garbage were collected by the MMDA from the area after the operation.

According to MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pielago, the said roads are among the identified alternate routes for motorists who will be affected by the closure of the flyover to give way to the construction of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) line 7.

The closure will take effect on March 2 at 11 p.m., a week later from the original schedule of February 23 as requested by the local government of Quezon City.

Under the MRT-7 project, the flyover will be demolished for the construction of the Tandang Sora Station. It is expected to last for two years.

During the flyover closure, motorists will be diverted to two temporary U-turns to be opened: one across Microtel at UP Techno Hub and another in front of CW Home Depot.

The MMDA assured that signage of U-turn slots and alternative roads where motorists will be diverted will be installed as part of the concerted effort to minimize the expected traffic condition the project would cause.

Pielago also said that they will continue to coordinate with the Quezon City Department of Public Order and Safety to prevent illegal vendors from returning to the already cleared streets. – Robie de Guzman (with reports from Joan Nano)

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QC Gov’t. asks MMDA to delay closure of Tandang Sora Flyover by a week

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 20 February 2019 01:52 PM

Tandang Sora Flyover

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — (UPDATED) The Quezon City Council has recommended delaying the closure of the Tandang Sora Flyover and intersection along Commonwealth Avenue for three (3) days to one (1) week after its public hearing held at the Quezon City Session Hall on Wednesday.

QC Vice-Mayor Joy Belmonte said the local council believes this is a reasonable time to implement necessary preparation and coordination for the impending flyover closure and demolition, based on the results of public consultation.

The local government conducted the hearing in response to the appeal of several QC homeowners associations and the private sector to defer the closure of the Tandang Sora Flyover and intersection due to lack of proper consultation and preparation over its possible impact on the flow of vehicles and residents in their areas.

The homeowners’ groups complained that the MRT-7 project contractor, EEI Corporation, did not consult them on the matter. Also, there are no traffic signages placed in the said area to inform motorists of the alternative routes they could take.

The MMDA last week announced the closure and demolition on February 23 of the four-lane flyover, a thoroughfare for at least 100,000 vehicles a day, as part of the ongoing construction of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) System Line 7.

The agency also stated its plans to install a permanent elevated u-turn slot at the intersection to ease traffic. Its construction, however, is seen to last for two years.

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said earlier in the hearing that the flyover’s impending demolition has already been delayed for two weeks now. He added that postponing its closure anew will further delay the completion of the MRT-7 project.

However, Garcia said they are amenable to the council’s recommendation to defer the closure for a few days and that they will refer it to the Department of Transportation.

During the hearing, MMDA also presented the traffic management system they are going to implement, as well as the alternative routes, installation of traffic signage and the deployment of traffic law enforcers in the duration of the flyover closure.

Representatives from the EEI Corporation, DoTR, QC Police District and concerned villages and homeowners group also attended the hearing. —Robie de Guzman

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