Good news for motorists that pass through Commonwealth Avenue every morning.
The Quezon City Government, along with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have opened a new zipper lane/counterflow lane along the major thoroughfare that will alleviate the heavy traffic experienced during weekday morning rush hour.
Instead of slowly crawling along the entire stretch of Commonwealth Avenue towards Elliptical Road, motorists coming from Fairview can now bypass the heavy traffic via the new zipper lane which runs from Tandang Sora until University Avenue. However, vehicles that use the zipper lane will be required to make a left turn towards University Avenue. From there, they can continue towards C.P. Garcia, Katipunan-C5, East Avenue, and even Quezon Avenue by using other routes.
According to the Quezon City LGU, motorists can use the zipper lane from two locations. The first is located along the Luzon Avenue-Tandang Sora area, where the previous flyover was. The second is located near the UP-Ayala Technohub area. The LGU adds that the new counterflow lane is open daily from 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM, during the peak hour of traffic along the major thoroughfare.
To keep motorists safe, as well as prevent accidents from occurring along the zipper lane, MMDA and Quezon City traffic enforcers will be positioned at key locations. Specifically, they will be located at the U-turn slots along Commonwealth Avenue and at the end of the zipper lane. Meanwhile, a stop-and-go traffic scheme will be implemented for motorists coming from Quezon Memorial Circle heading east towards Fairview and Batasan.
The Quezon City LGU and the MMDA expect that the zipper lane will help improve the flow of traffic every morning rush hour along Commonwealth Avenue; a problem that motorists have encountered ever since the construction of the MRT-7 began.
Did you get to try out the zipper lane along Commonwealth Avenue this morning? How was your experience?