QC government. asks MMDA to delay closure of Tandang Sora Flyover for a week

21-Feb-2019 Intellasia | UNTV News | 6:00 AM Print This Post

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 carry out 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 carry out, 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.



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