Last week, the City of Manila together with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), announced that they will be closing several roads in preparation for the inauguration of President-elect Ferdinand ‘Bong Bong’ Marcos Jr.
As a result, roads such as Padre Burgos Ave., Finance Road, Ma. Orosa Street (T.M. Kalaw to P. Burgos), and General Luna Street (from P. Burgos to Muralla) have been closed since yesterday.
But with public utility vehicles (PUVs) and other motorists still needing to get to their destinations, the MMDA has released a traffic rerouting plan in order for traffic to continue moving in Manila despite the road closures.
Starting with the aforementioned roadways, northbound vehicles coming from Roxas Boulevard should turn right at U.N. Ave. or Kalaw Ave., then turn left at Taft Ave. to reach their destinations. Meanwhile, eastbound vehicles coming from Roxas Boulevard are advised to turn left at Kalaw Ave. or U.N. Ave. then make a right at Taft Ave. to go to their destinations.
For truckers heading northbound coming from South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), take Osmeña Highway, turn left at Quirino Ave. then turn right at Roxas Blvd., go straight to Bonifacio Drive going to the point of destination. However, Roxas Boulevard (from Buendia to P. Burgos) will not be accessible to vehicles on June 30 from 5:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Another alternate route for trucks heading north from SLEX can go straight to Roxas Boulevard, left at Quirino Avenue, then turn right at Osmena Highway, head to Nagtahan Street and Lacson Avenue, turn left at Yuseco Street, go straight to Capulong Street, then turn right to Road 10 to reach their destinations.
For southbound trucks coming from Bonifacio Drive, head straight to Roxas Boulevard, turn left at Quirino Avenue, make a right at Osmena Highway, and then make your way towards SLEX. Take note, however, that Roxas Boulevard (from Buendia to P. Burgos) will be closed to all types of vehicles on June 30 from 5:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
In the next few days, Manila will also be closing the following roads until June 30 at 11:00 PM; Mendiola Street, Jalandoni Street near PICC at Pasay City, and Legard Street (from San Rafael to Figueras).
PUVs and private cars intended for Jalandoni Street can instead take Atang Dela Rama or Roxas Boulevard. On the other hand, vehicles coming from Sampaloc area Earnshaw Street looking to pass through Legarda Street must turn left at Marinque Street to reach their destinations.
Vehicles coming from Sta. Mesa area via Legarda Street that originally intend to go to Mendiola should turn right at M.F. Jhocson Street and then make a left at Lardizabal Street to go to their destinations. Cars coming from P. Casal Street can turn left at Arlegui Street instead of heading towards Mendiola.
Last but not least, all vehicles coming from Quezon Boulevard and C.M. Recto Avenue intending to pass through Mendiola are advised to turn left at N. Reyes Street, or right at S.H. Loyola to reach their destinations.
MMDA Chairman Romando S. Artes announced that they will be deploying an additional 2,000 personnel from the Traffic Discipline Office, the Metro Public Safety Office, and Sidewalk Clearing Operations to ensure traffic management, and provide emergency responses if needed.
If you are still heading to Manila this week, better take note of these rerouting plans released by the MMDA. Otherwise, it’s best to just avoid going to Manila before and during the Presidential Inauguration.