MMDA urged to reschedule Tandang Sora flyover closure

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) — The local government of Quezon City has called for the temporary suspension of the closure of Tandang Sora flyover on Commonwealth Avenue in light of complaints by some residents in the area.

In a letter addressed to Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jose Garcia Jr. on Tuesday, Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte requested the agency to reschedule the closure to March 1 "to give ample time for the information dissemination" among residents of the city.

The flyover will be closed to motorists beginning Saturday, February 23, to give way for the construction of the Metro Manila Rail Transit System (MRT) Line 7. MMDA General Manager Jose Garcia Jr. earlier said the closure will be "definite" and permanent, as transport authorities seek solutions to traffic on Commonwealth.

The request comes amid complaints by residents that they were not consulted about the closure.

During a public hearing conducted by the House committee on Metro Manila development, a group of homeowners said they were not properly informed by the projects contractor, EEI Corporation, about the effects of the construction on traffic.

An estimated 100,000 motorists are expected to be affected by the closure. Garcia earlier said authorities were looking to put up a temporary U-Turn slot for motorists.

EEI officials said they coordinated with the city government, but the information apprently failed to be relayed to affected residents.

While Garcia supports the Quezon City council's call to postpone the closure, he said the request needs to be approved by the Transportation department first.

"I agree with them. We need to prepare on this one," Garcia said. "We need to formalize everything. Hindi naman pwedeng nagkabulungan lang tayo dito, hinto agad 'yan," he said.

CNN Philippines' Robert Vergara and Xianne Arcangel contributed to this report.