Delayed demolition in Nicosia causes heavy traffic (PHOTOS)

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Drivers in downtown Nicosia were promised that a demolition in Nicosia would be over by Monday, but the building was still standing on Tuesday due to technical problems that made it impossible to move machinery in the area.

City officials said a building on Spyros Kyprianou Avenue, formerly known as Santaroza Avenue, was to be demolished over the holiday weekend. A Transport Ministry announcement indicated road closures would be in force until 8pm Monday, May 1.

But the building was still standing on Tuesday afternoon after it emerged that there were technical difficulties in moving heavy machinery to the site.

The building to be demolished is near to the Cyprus Electricity Authority building, the Lykavitos Police station, and Debenhmas department store. It used to house the Pizza Mia restaurant, and other businesses including a wellness centre.

Both westbound lanes in parts of Santaroza remain closed, from Makarios Avenue at Lykavitos Police station until the junction at Gerasimou Markora.

Traffic is being directed through Zinonos Sozou and Gerasimou Markora.

(Photos by Stefanos Kouratzis)

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