Traffic rerouting imposed for today’s SONA
The MMDA advised motorists to take alternate routes as certain sections of Commonwealth Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic on Monday.
In its advisory, the MMDA said the entire stretch of Commonwealth Avenue (northbound and southbound) from Quezon Memorial Circle/Philcoa to Fairview (Fairview Center Mall) will be cleared exactly by midnight on Monday and illegally parked vehicles will be towed.
Moreover, only two left lanes of northbound will be opened as container vans and concrete barriers would be set up as roadblock in front of the St. Peters Parish and Convergy’s Building.
At 5 a.m. rerouting will start from U-Turn slot in front of Jocfer Building and Omni Tire Supply passing south bound up to San Simon U-Turn slot (1-6 km- counter flow).
Four lanes of the southbound will be used by motorists leading to northbound (Fairview) direction via reverse flow of traffic.
Motorists coming from Tivoli Royale and other subdivisions at the back of Ever Gotesco shall use the Jocfer U-turn slot.
The available U-turn slots prior to Jocfer will be used as the alternate U-turn slot for motorists travelling towards Fairview areas.
Motorists from Capitol Estates 1 will be used as the U-turn slot fronting St. Peter Church to get to the northbound (Fairview area) or southbound (EDSA areas.)
Traffic on the nine lanes of Commonwealth Avenue will resume to normal after the San Simon U-turn slot for motorists on their way to Fairview areas.
At 12 noon IBP road will be declared one-way traffic (the road leading to the House of Representatives). It will be cleared for vehicles coming from Commonwealth, Filinvest 1, Sinagtala, San Mateo Road, Filinvest 2 on their way to HOR, Fairview and Commonwealth Avenue (All right turn only).
The opposite direction leading to Sandiganbayan underpass and Commonwealth Avenue shall be for the exclusive use of vehicles coming from the House of Representatives until the SONA is concluded.
Meanwhile, as an exemption, members of Congress coming from San Mateo will be allowed to turn left going to Batasan.
Alternate routes that may be used to decongest Commonwealth Avenue : Congressional Avenue, turn left to Mindanao Avenue, turn right to Sauyo Road , turn left to Chestnut, turn right to Dahli and turn left to Regalado Avenue to reach Fairview Center Mall where motorists can proceed either to northbound and southbound direction.
For motorists from Fairview area, they may take the same route (opposite direction) on their way to Quezon Memorial Circle or EDSA.
IBP Litex Road will be closed for motorists coming from Montalban/Rodriguez Area and will take Soliven Street in going to Commonwealth Ave and Fairview Area.
At 6 p.m., traffic flow along Commonwealth Avenue and IBP/Batasan Road will back to normal.
Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said it will deploy 1,200 of its personnel to ensure orderly traffic near Batasan complex.
The coding scheme will not be lifted, MMDA said.
The MMDA is also set to deploy about 100 crowd control and management personnel for the SONA.
Emergency personnel, fire trucks and ambulances will also be on standby.
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