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On February 14, exactly a week ago, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced that the four-lane Tandang Sora flyover and intersection will be shut down for the next two years for the construction MRT-7 starting February 23. But it looks like we have more time to prepare for the expected heavier traffic.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced on Thursday, February 21, that they are moving the closure of the flyover to March 1. But the closure will take effect on March 2 at 11 pm.

“The Department of Transportation (DOTr) accedes to the request of Congress and the local city council of Quezon City to postpone the closure of the Tandang Sora interchange and flyover by one week,” DOTr posted on Facebook.

“While we want the construction of the MRT-7 to proceed as fast as possible, the DOTr also understands that major adjustments have to be made by residents, commuters and motorists who will be affected by the said closure. We take this postponement as a period to strengthen public awareness and cooperation for the project, as this would give individuals and agencies ample time to prepare and manage the traffic situation in the area.”

According to Manila Bulletin, the Quezon City government has proposed the postponement of the closure of the Tandang Sora flyover “for them to iron out everything needed in the project.” It includes planning alternate routes and informing more motorists about the planned MRT-7 construction.

Quezon City Second District Representative Winston Castelo said that signage of U-turn slots and alternative roads where motorists will be diverted will be installed in the area. For now, 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.

DOTr also said that San Miguel Corporation, their private partner for the MRT-7 project, has also agreed to the one-week postponement of the road closure.

“We appeal for understanding and cooperation from the public as we make all means possible to deliver these projects efficiently,” DOTr added.

The MRT-7 will run from North Avenue in Quezon City to San Jose del Monte City in Bulacan. It will have a total of 14 train stations and will be connected to the existing MRT Line 3 and Light Rail Transit Line 1.

Featured image screenshot from @Mrt7TrafficTF

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