Part of North Avenue in QC closed from Oct. 15, 2021 to June 1, 2022 – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   October 13, 2021   •   222

MANILA, Philippines — A portion of the North Avenue (eastbound or going Elliptical Road) in Quezon City will be closed to traffic for eight months, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.

In an advisory issued on Tuesday, the MMDA said the closure will start from October 15, 2021 until June 1, 2022.

This is to give way to the ongoing construction of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 7 project of the Department of Transportation.

The MMDA said vehicles entering Wildlife and Veterans Memorial Medical Center can still pass through North Avenue.

Vehicles going Elliptical Road may take Quezon Avenue via Agham Road as an alternative route.

The MMDA expects that the closure of the said portion of the road would have less impact on traffic as it had been closed to motorists previously.

 

Commonwealth-University Avenue Zipper Lane reopened to address heavy traffic

Robie de Guzman   •   October 18, 2021

The Commonwealth-University Avenue Zipper Lane reopened on Monday to ease heavy traffic along Commonwealth Avenue going to Philcoa and Elliptical Road, the Quezon City government said.

In an advisory, the city government said that the zipper lane will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. from Monday to Friday to vehicles bound for the University of the Philippines, C.P. Garcia Avenue, and Katipunan Avenue.

“Bilang tugon sa bumibigat na daloy ng trapiko tuwing umaga sa kahabaan ng Commonwealth Avenue patungong Philcoa at Elliptical Road, muling bubuksan ng Pamahalaang Lungsod Quezon, sa tulong ng MMDA at EEI, ang Commonwealth-University Avenue Zipper Lane,” it said.

The zipper lane will start at UP Techno-Hub slot and end at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and University Avenue by the entrance to the UP Campus.

“Magsisilbi itong ‘by-pass’ para sa mga bumabaybay ng Commonwealth Avenue na nais magtungong UP, C.P. Garcia Avenue, at Katipunan Avenue, upang maiwasan ang Philcoa at Elliptical Road,” the city government said.

“Para sa mga nais gumamit ng Commonwealth-University Avenue Zipper Lane, at sa iba pang apektadong motorista, sundan po natin ang mga Traffic Enforcers ng Quezon City Task Force on Transport and Traffic Management, at ang mga ilalatag na Road Safety Signages,” it added.

Nagtahan Flyover in Manila partially closed for repair

Robie de Guzman   •   October 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Nagtahan Flyover in Manila will be partially closed for seven months as it undergoes rehabilitation, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.

In an advisory, the MMDA said the flyover will be closed from October 2021 until April 2022 to undergo major repairs after cracks and defects were found on the bridge.

Trucks are prohibited from traversing the area, it added.

“Only one lane at a time shall be occupied and only light vehicles are allowed to pass on the flyover and the Nagtahan Service Road,” it said.

The MMDA said the bridge rehabilitation will be done in segments:

  • Segment 1 and 2: Northbound (R. Magsaysay to G. Tuazon) within two months
  • Segment 3: Southbound (G. Tuazon to R. Magsaysay Area) within 1.5 months
  • Segment 4 and 5: Northbound (EARIST to R. Magsaysay Blvd. area) within 2 months
  • Segment 6: Southbound (R. Magsaysay to EARIST area) within 1.5 months

The MMDA advised vehicles going north to take Osmeña Highway, right to Quirino Avenue, left to Quirino Ave. Ext., left to U.N Ave., right to Romualdez St., left to Ayala Blvd, and Roxas Blvd. to destination.

Meanwhile, vehicles going Southbound may take A. Bonifacio Ave., right to C3, R-10, to their destination, it added.

The MMDA said the rehabilitation of the bridge will address the big cracks at its abutment wall and railing, loose steel enclosure of retrofitting on its piers, and rusting steel enclosure of retrofitting at several piers.

The repair also seeks to avoid untoward incidents that the bridge might cause to motorists and other road users.

MMDA names new general manager

Robie de Guzman   •   October 13, 2021

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has designated Atty. Romando “Don” Artes as its new general manager.

In a statement, the MMDA said Artes replaced Jojo Garcia who resigned from his post after declaring his intention to run for a congressional seat in the 2022 national and local elections.

Garcia stepped down from his post on October 1 for his candidacy as representative of Rizal Third District.

Prior to his designation as general manager, Artes served as MMDA’s assistant general manager for finance and administration.

 

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