MMDA advises motorists on closures of roads, rerouting during Papal visit

January 13, 2015 4:40 am 

By Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan

MANILA, Jan. 12 (PNA) – Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Monday advised the public, particularly those who will see Pope Francis during his first two days visit in Manila, to leave their houses four to five hours earlier.

Pope Francis is set to visit the Philippines from Jan. 15 to 19, 2015.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said that there are roads to be closed within three hours and will be open as soon as the event will be finished.

Pope Francis is expected to arrive around 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15 at Villamor Airbase, Pasay City and he will be heading towards Apostolic Nunciature in Manila.

”Ibig sabihin po, bukod sa principal (na) ruta, meron po tayong other routes (to be closed). Ito po yung gagamitin ng delegation ng ating Santo Papa, secretary to the Vatican at marami pang iba, at mga galing ng Rome, kabilang yung media ng Vatican, at international media. On the parking areas: hinihiling po natin na dahil magsasara tayo ng kalsada 3 hours before,” Tolentino said during a press conference held at MDDA headquarters in Makati City Monday.

Tolentino said roads to be closed at about 3 p.m. onwards on Thursday in Pasay City, with a total length of 22.30 kilometers, include Villamor Airbase gate 5; Andrews Avenue (5.50 km); Domestic Road (2.32 km); NAIA (1.60 km); Roxas Boulevard (10.64 km); Quirino Ave.(1.98 km); and Taft Avenue (0.26 km).

Other roads to be closed, with a total of 17.44 km, are Sales Bridge (2.32 km); SLEX/ SKYWAY- Magallanes (3.84 km);Osmeña Highway (9.12 km); and Quirino Avenue (1.86 km).

Tolentino said Plastic barriers would be placed at tributary roads.

Tolentino said the Parking provision/ drop off points location are Mall of Asia (MOA); Resorts World; NAIA terminal 3 parking; Rizal memorial Stadium; Harrison Plaza; CCP Complex; and PAGCOR parking lot in Parañaque.

Tolentino also identified the roads that serve as converging area of people (well wishers) are along Andrew Ave., Circulo del Mundo, Airport Road, Domestic Road, NAIA Road, Roxas Blvd, Quirino, and Taft Avenue.

The alternate routes are from Sucat Road Northbound take Kabihasnan Road, turn right at Coastal Road, turn left at Pacific Avenue, turn left at Macapagal Blvd., turn right at EDSA, turn left at Arnaiz Avenue, turn right at Amorsolo St., turn left at Rufino st., turn right at Chino Roces Avenue, turn left at J.P Rizal, straight to Tejeron, to destination.

From EDSA to Coastal the alternate route:

Along EDSA, turn left at Macapagal Blvd., left at Pacific Avenue, turn right at Coastal Road , to destination

From Taft Avenue to Manila:

Option 1: Along Taft Avenue, turn right at P. Ocampo St., tunr right at Arellano Avenue, turn left at Zobel Roxas, turn left at Onyx, to destination.

Option 2: Along Taft Avenue, turn right at OCampo St., turn left at Arellano Avenue, left at Estrada, turn right at Singalong, right at Esguerra, turn left at Angel Linao, to destination.

From Luneto to Paco:

From Luneta, take T.M. Kalaw or Pedro Gil, to destination.

From Taft Avenue/ Ayala Blvd. to Sta. Ana:

Along Taft Avenue, turn left at Pedro Gil to destination

MMDA advise the public to those who will attend to follow this:

1.Attendees may use the tributary roads in proceeding to the ceremonial route;

2.Attendees may proceed to the immediate vicinity of the ceremonial route starting 2 p.m.; and

3. Attendees may only occupy the portion of the road assigned to them once the route has been cleared and upon the signal of the security personnel assigned there at.

MMDA advise the public that during Pope Billeting area in Apostolic Nunciature the roads to be closed are following:

– Starting 1 p.m. on Jan. 14 to 10 a.m. of Jan. 19, 2015, lock down of the whole block of Taft, Quirino, Leon Guinto and Dagohoy;

-Starting 3 p.m., on Jan. 15 to 10 a.m. of Jan. 19, 2015; the Quirino-Taft LRT station will be non-operational; closure of portion of Quirino Avenue from Roxas Boulevard to Leon Guinto and motorists are allowed to cross this road portion except within two hours prior to use by the Pope convoy.

On Jan 16 (Friday), day 2, event 1, Pope expected to arrived at 9 a.m. in Malacanang Palace as Principal route-roads (with total of 9.90 km) to be closed around 6 a.m. are Taft Avenue (0.26 km); President Quirino Avenue (6 km); Nagtahan (1.56 km); JP Laurel (2.08 km).

Other roads to be closed with a total length of 11.66 km are Quirino Ave. (1.98km); Roxas Blvd. (4.6 km); P. Burgos (1.18 km); Finance Road (0,54 km); Ayala Blvd. (1.14 km); P. Casal (0.58 km); and Gen. Solano (1.58 km)

The alternate routes at 6 a.m. are along Taft Avenue northbound, turn right at P. Ocampo St., turn left at Arellano St., left at Estrada St., turn right at Singalong, right at Esguerra, turn left at Angel Linao, to Gen. Luna St., Romuladez St.,/Belen, turn right to Padre Faura to destination.

Along Taft Avenue southbound: At Taft Avenue, turn right at Padre Faura, left at M. Adriatico or MH Del Pilar to destination.

Along President Osmena Highway northbound: At President Osmena Highway, turn right at San Andres, turn left at A. Francisco St., left at Onyx St., turn right at Pedro Gil, straight to New Panaderos, turn left F. Sanchez, left at V. Mapa, straight to R. Magsaysay Blvd., to destination.

Along Roxas Blvd. to Makati: At Roxas Boulevard, turn right at Buendia Avenue to destination.

MMDA said the roads that have possible converging area of people (well wishers) are along Taft Avenue, Quirino Avenue, Nagtahan and along JP Laurel St.

After visiting Malacañang Palace, the Pope will be heading towards Manila Cathedral (event 2) and expected to arrived around 11 a.m.

Principal route-roads (with total of 7.76 km) to be closed around 6 a.m. are Gen. Solano, P. Casal, Ayala Bridge, Finance Road, P. Burgos Avenue, Bonifacio Drive, Anda Circle, and Andres Soriano Jr. Avenue.

– Other roads to be closed has total of 13.88 km: JP Laurel St., Nagtahan Bridge, Guazon Avenue, UN Avenue, Maria Orosa, Finance Road, and General Luna St.

The parking provision/ drop off points location are the following: Arlegui St., Nepomuceno St.,Gen.Fen. Solano St., Nicanor Padilla St., SM Manila, Park n’ Ride Lawton, Manila Post Office, and Intramuros area.

MMDA identified the roads that have possible converging area of people (well wishers) are the following locations:

– Along Laurel St., Gen. Solano St., Casal St., P. Burgos Avenue, Bonifacio Drive, Anda Circle and Soriano Avenue.

The alternate routes to Manila Cathedral at 8 a.m. are R-10 Eastbound: Along R-10 take service road then turn left at C.M. Recto, turn left at Legarda, to R. Magsaysay Boulevard to destination.

Along R-10 Southbound: from R-10 take service road then turn left at Muelle Della Industria, left at Barcelona, turn right at San Fernando, right at Juan Luna, turn left at San Vicente, turn right at Jones Bridge to destination.

All vehicles utilizing three bridges (Jones Bridge, McArthur Bridge and Quezon Bridge) going Southbound take Lagusnilad, to Taft Avenue (take northbound lane) along Roxas Blvd Northbound.

Along Roxas Blvd turn right at T.M. Kalaw, turn left at Taft Avenue, straight to P.Burgos, take Jones Bridge to Q. Paredes straight to Reina Regente, to C.M. Recto to destination.

Along A.H. Lacson Westbound, turn right at Legarda, right at C.M. Recto, take U-turn then right at Quezon Blvd., to destination.

On Event 3, Pope will be back to Apostolic Nunciature and expected to arrive at 1:30 p.m..The principal route-roads (with total of 9.68 km) to be closed around 10 a.m. onwards are the following: Gen Luna (0.16 km), Soriano Ave (0.40km), Anda Circle (0.20km), Bonifacio Drive (1.94 km), Roxas Blvd. (4.44 km), Quirino Ave (2.34), Taft Ave. to destination (0.20km)

Other roads to be closed has total 0.73 km are the following: P. Burgos (0.28km)and Finance Rd (0.45km)

The alternate routes to Apostolic Nunciature at 10 a.m. are the following:

All vehicles utilizing three bridges (Jones Bridge, MacArthur Bridge and Quezon Bridge) Southbound

Option 1. Take Lagusnilad to Taft Ave. (take northbound lane), turn left at Pedro Gil/Malvar/ Remedios, turn right at Singalong, right at Estrada, to destination.

Option 2: Along P/ Burgos, turn left at Maria Orosa, turn right at TM Kalaw, turn left at MH Del Pilar St., left at Pedro Gil, turn right at M. Adriatico to destination

Along Taft Avenue Northbound:

Along Taft Ave, turn right tat P. Ocampo St, turn left at Arellano, left at Estrada, turn right at Singalong st., right at Esguerra St., turn left at Angel Linao St., to Gen. Luna St, turn right at Romualdez St, straight to Natividad Lopez St, to destination.

Along R10 Southbound:

Along R10, take service road then turn left at Muelle Dela Industria, left at Barcelona, turn right at San Fernando, right at Juan Luna, turn left at San Vicente, turn right at Jones Bridge, to destination.

Along R10 Northbound:

Along R-10, take service road then left at CM Recto turn left at Legarda, turn right at Nagtahan, straight to Pres Quirino Ave, turn left at Pres Osmena Highway to Destination

Along Roxas Blvd.:

Along Roxas blvd, turn right at Vito Cruz, turn right at Arellano St, turn left at Zobel Roxas Ave, left at Pres Osmena Highway, turn right at Pres. Quirino Avenue, left at Legarda, straight to CM Rector to destination

On Event 4, Pope Francis’ Meeting With the Families at SM MOA Arena and expected to arrive at 5:30 p.m. The principal route-roads (with total of 11.20 km) to be closed at 2 p.m. onwards are the following: Taft Avenue, Quirino Avenue, Roxas Blvd.

EDSA Extension: JW Diokno.

Other roads to be closed has total 3.24 km are the following:

Quirino Ave., P. Ocampo St, and Bukaneg St.

The parking provision/ drop off points location are the following:

JW Diokno Blvd, Seaside Blvd, SM MOA Parking Space, Rizal Memorial Stadium, Harrison Plaza, Manila Zoo and CCP Complex.

MMDA said the roads that have possible converging area of people (well wishers) are the following locations:

Along Edsa, Globe Rotunda, JW Diokno Rotunda, Marina Way, Coral Way, Pacific Drive, Roxas Blvd, P. Quirino Avenue, and Taft Avenue.

The alternate routes travel to SM MOA at 2 p.m.:Along Roxas Blvd. Southbound: Along Roxas Blvd., turn left at T.M. Kalaw or Pedro Gil, to destination.

All vehicles utilizing three bridges (Jones Bridge, Mc Arthur Bridge and Quezon Bridge) southbound:

Take Lagusnilad to Taft Avenue, turn left at Pedro Gil, turn right at Singalong, tunr left t Pres. Qurino Avenue, turn right at Pres. Osmeña Highway, to destination.

Along Pres. Qurino Avenue Southbound:

Along Pres. Quirino Avenue, turn left at Pres. Osmeña Highway, to destination.

Along Pres. Quirino Avenue Northbound:

Along Pres. Quirino Avenue, take Plaza Dilao to Pres. Qurino Avenue Extension, turn left U.N Avenue, to destination.

Along Taft Avenue Northbound:

Along Taft Avenue, turn right at Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, take U-turn to Dominga St., right at Vito Cruz, turn left at Arellano, left at Estrada, turn right at Singalong, right at Esguerra, turn left at Angel Linao, to destination.

Along Coastal Road/ Roxas Blvd.:

Along Coastal Road/ Roxas Blvd., turn right at EDSA, to destination.

MMDA advise the public to those who will attend to follow this:

1. Attendees may use the tributary roads in proceeding to the ceremonial route.

2. Attendees may proceed to the immediate vicinity of the ceremonial route starting 1 p.m.

3. Attendee may only occupy the portion of the roads assigned to them once the route has been cleared and upon the signal of the security personnel assigned there at.

-Motorists coming from the north side can use Macapagal Blvd until 3 p.m. through the sea side to reach SM Moa and park at designated parking areas. Motorists coming from the south side ay use the drop-off point in the vicinity of EDSA extension/ Diokno Avenue and wlak their way to the venue.

-Attendees may start entering the SM MOA Arena at 11 a.m. The gates will close at 3:30 p.m.

Traffic enforcers will be deployed in key areas in Metro Manila along with planned traffic measures to ensure smooth vehicular flow during Pope Francis’s scheduled visits in areas in Manila City and Pasay City.

Motorcycle-riding enforcers and ground personnel will be manning the traffic on all major thoroughfares where Pope is expected to traverse so as to guarantee an unimpeded travel. (PNA)

RMA/CLTC

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One Response to “MMDA advises motorists on closures of roads, rerouting during Papal visit”

  1. Ji on January 17th, 2015 1:27 pm

    Is still there be a re route of traffic on jan 18 in the morning going to naia from Cavite?
    I need an update pls. Thanks