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U-turn slot at Commonwealth Ave to close beginning March 29

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

MRT-7. Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will begin on Thursday the construction of MRT Line-7 along Commonwealth Avenue. Heavy traffic is expected.

MANILA, Philippines — On Thursday, March 29, the U-turn slot on Commonwealth Avenue near Philcoa will be closed to motorists as EEI Corporation will begin the excavation of a tunnel for the MRT Line-7.

“Magkakaroon na ng major movement dito sa Commonwealth going to Circle. Maghuhukay na ang MRT-7 pailalim ng Circle, so gagawa na ng tunnel. We need to close down some lanes sa Commonwealth,” said Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) general manager Jojo Garcia.

(There will be major movement in Commonwealth going to Circle. Excavations will begin for MRT-7 that will reach the underground of Circle. A tunnel will be made so we need to close down some lanes along Commonwealth.)

Instead of turning right, the MMDA advised motorists to turn to Commonwealth Avenue, east bound lane, and to ply the stretch of Commonwealth Avenue.

The MMDA and the EEI Corporation vowed to set up appropriate traffic signs and signaling lights to assist affected motorists.

The closure of the U-turn slot will begin on the March 29 at 12 noon. Authorities will reopen it to motorists in August.

The heavier traffic flow is expected to affect an estimated of 13,000  motorists who use the U-turn slot during rush hour.

The contractor of the MRT-7 vows to follow the schedule for the construction to avoid any delay in the project.

Should the contractor fail to follow the timeline, the MMDA will impose a fine of P25,000 daily until it follows their agreement.

“Napakalinaw po ng instruction namin sa EEI. Yung work area hindi sila pwedeng lumagpas dun. Kung may heavy equipment paparada diyan, just let us know, papahinto natin yan or magpepenalty sila,” said Garcia.

(Our instructions to EEI are very clear: they should not go beyond the work area. So if a heavy equipment parks there, let us know, we will order a halt and they will face penalties.) — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue

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No water in 20 Quezon City villages from May 24 to 25 —Manila Water

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

People queuing for rationed water

Residents in 20 areas in Quezon City will experience a seven-hour water service interruption starting Friday night, the Manila Water Co. announced on Monday.

The water distributor said this is due to relocation of major pipelines along Elliptical Road.

“More than 242,000 population in 20 barangays in Quezon City will experience water service interruption as Manila Water relocates its major pipeline at the corner of Elliptical Road and North Avenue to make way for the construction of the MRT 7,” it said in an advisory.

The water service interruption will be implemented from 11 p.m. on May 24 (Friday) to 6 a.m. on May 25 (Saturday).

Affected areas are as follows:

  • Bagong Pag-asa
  • Bahay Toro
  • Alicia
  • Old Capitol Site
  • Pasong Tamo
  • Pinyahan
  • Central Culiat
  • Malaya
  • New Era
  • Project 6
  • Ramon Magsaysay
  • San Vicente
  • Santo Cristo
  • Sikatuna Village
  • Tandang Sora
  • Teachers Village East
  • Teachers Village West
  • UP Village
  • Vasra

Manila Water advised affected residents to store enough water as some of these areas may still experience service interruptions even after the restoration due to limited water supply.

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MMDA warns of heavy traffic as Tandang Sora Flyover shuts down

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

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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MRT-7 contractor reopens occupied lanes on Elliptical Road

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, January 10th, 2019

FILE PHOTO: MRT-7 construction

MANILA, Philippines — Metro Rail Transit 7 contractor, EEI Corporation, is ready to pay the P25,000 penalty charged by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for occupying two inner lanes on Elliptical Road in an effort to expand their working area during the construction of the MRT-7 tower.

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said that the contractor failed to inform the management regarding the measure which was why motorists were not advised about it.

This created heavy traffic in the area causing further distress among motorists.

“The problem is, bigla na lang nilang tinira, sinara without giving us notice na ipa-relay sa tao,” said Garcia.

In the statement released by the company, they promised to fix the construction site.

The contractor assured that they will pay the P25, 000 fine charged by the MMDA to resolve the traffic problem on Elliptical Road.

The MMDA has instructed the contractor to place yellow markings on other lanes to prevent motorists from shifting lanes.

“I told them to put right lane markings na paglabas ng Commonwealth. Kailangan kung nasaang lane ka hindi ka na aalis kasi kaya nagkaka-traffic yan yung palipat-lipat nagkakaroon ng sagian,” said Garcia.

All public vehicles are directed to pass through the two outer lanes near the sidewalk.

Private vehicles are only allowed to change lanes if they are heading to Quezon Avenue or Visayas Avenue.

MMDA has also ordered the opening of the Commonwealth-Philcoa U-turn slot from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm.— Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue

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