Motorists that frequently cross the Aurora-Araneta intersection will have to grin and bear it once more. After postponing its closure a week ago, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have announced that they will be closing the major intersection to traffic for seven days starting on August 24, 2019.

Originally set to be closed last August 15, 2019, the MMDA said that the closing of the Aurora-Araneta intersection was delayed due to technical difficulties the contractors encountered. But now that everything has been sorted, they can now push throuh with its temporary closure between the hours of 11:00 PM – 5:00 AM.

This means that the intersection will still be passable in the morning until the late hours of the evening. The closing of the intersection is being done in order to give way to the launching of the girder for the Skyway Stage 3 Project.

The intersection will be fully reopened to traffic on Friday next week, August 30, 2019.

Motorists are advised to take the following alternate routes during the said closure:

For Light Vehicles:

1. From Shaw Boulevard/ V. Mapa, take straight towards Magsaysay Blvd. then Santol Street, right at Palanza, Landargun or Bayani Road, left at G. Araneta to destination and vice versa;

2. Vehicles from Cubao towards Manila area, along Aurora Blvd., right at Guirayan St., left at Palanza, left at Tomas Arguelles St. or Santol St. to Magsaysay Blvd. to destination;

3. Vehicles coming from N. Domingo and Blumentritt, take F. Roman, H. Lozada St. and J. Ruiz St.;

4. Vehicles coming from north: along C-3 Sgt. Rivera, right at Bayani, Landargun and Palanza St., left at Santol St., left at Magsaysay Blvd., and take V. Mapa, Old Sta. Mesa to destination

Trucks Route:

1. From Quezon Avenue, E. Rodriguez Ave., straight towards España Blvd., left Lacson Ave. straight towards Nagtahan to destination (vice versa); or

2. Take Magsaysay Blvd., right at V. Mapa to Shaw Blvd. to destination and vice versa.

With the Aurora-Araneta Intersection serving as a major crossroad for Quezon City, Manila, as well as San Juan, its temporary closure starting tomorrow may result in heavier traffic conditions. But since it will not be closed during rush hours, it may not cause significant traffic buildup in the area as first imagined - well, that's at least until we start getting comments and news about just how bad it may actually be.