For 2020, the Chinese New Year will be celebrated on a Saturday this January 25. This means no long-weekend holiday for us, but I digress. Despite the celebrations officially happening on Saturday, the Manila Police District (MPD) has announced that there will be several road closures in Manila as early as Friday, January 24.
In an advisory released by the MPD, several roads will be closed starting from 5:00 PM for the Chinese New Year 2020 Concert to be held at Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz. The following roads in Manila are affected by the closure: Quintin Paredes from Dasmariñas to Plaza Ruiz, Reina Regente from Soler to Plaza Ruiz, Plaza Ruiz U-turn slot, Juan Luna from Reina Regente to San Fernando, San Fernando from Elcano to Plaza Ruiz, and the northbound lane of Jones Bridge from P. Burgos to Escolta.
Aside from the concert at 5:00 PM, both lanes of Jones Bridge from Escolta to Magallanes Drive will also be closed to traffic starting at 10:30 PM. This is to give way for the fireworks display to be held in the area.
Motorists passing through Manila on the 24th are advised to leave earlier. plan their routes ahead and to expect heavier traffic in the city. Do remember that the 24th is also a Friday. As a result, traffic will already be worse than usual.
Affected motorists are advised to take note of the following alternative routes set up by the MPD during the road closures. Vehicles coming from Juan Luna planning to use the southbound lane of Jones Bridge shall go straight to Muella dela Industriya to McArthur Bridge. Vehicles coming from Soler St. going to Plaza Ruiz shall turn right to Reina Regente, turn right or left at CM Recto then continue towards their destination. Motorists coming from Jose Abad Santos going to Plaza Ruiz shall turn right or left at CM Recto and continue to their destinations from there.
Meanwhile, vehicles on Dasmarinas will turn left to Prenza, turn right to Muella dela Industriya and continue to their destinations from there. Those plying San Fernando going to Plaza Ruiz shall turn right to Elcano, left to Urbiztondo, right to Barraca, left to Dasmariñas, right to Juan Luna, then turn left to Muelle dela Industria towards their destination. All vehicles coming from P. Burgos going to Binondo and are planning to use the northbound lane of Jones Bridge shall use McArthur Bridge instead.
The MPD said that the closing and opening of roads “shall be based on actual traffic conditions” and are still subject to change. It was not announced until when the road closures will last.