July 23, 2021
MMDA: All Systems Go for SONA 2021
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will deploy 1,360 personnel to guide the motorists on rerouting scheme to be implemented along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City for President Rodrigo Duterte’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 26.
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos said assigned personnel are composed of traffic enforcers, Road Emergency Group personnel, Motorcycle Patrol Units and Sidewalk Clearing Operations Group. Abalos also ordered the distribution of raincoats to protect them in case it rains on Monday.
“The MMDA is in close coordination with the Presidential Security Group, Quezon City Police District and Department of Public Order and Safety to ensure a peaceful and orderly SONA,” said Abalos.
Meanwhile, motorists are advised to take alternate routes to avoid expected heavy traffic along Commonwealth Avenue and the vicinity of Batasang Pambansa Complex.
NORTHBOUND (Quezon Memorial Circle to Fairview) : From Elliptical Road (QMC), take North Avenue, Mindanao Ave., Quirino Highway, Commonwealth Ave, to destination
SOUTHBOUND (Fairview to Quezon Memorial Circle) : From Elliptical Road (QMC), take Commonwealth Avenue, Quirino Highway, Mindanao Avenue, North Avenue to destination.
Motorists may also opt to take:
For LIGHT VEHICLES (Northbound: QMC to Fairview) via Marikina
From Elliptical Road (QMC), turn right Maharlika, turn left Mayaman, turn right Maginhawa, turn left C.P. Garcia, turn right Katipunan Ave., turn left A. Bonifacio Ave., straight to Gen. Luna Ave., turn right Kambal Road, turn left GSIS Road, turn left Jones St., turn right Gen. Luna Ave., straight to A. Mabini St., turn left Rodriguez Highway, turn left Payatas Road to destination.
FOR LIGHT VEHICLES:
C-5 left turn to Magiting, right turn to Maginhawa, left to Mayaman, Kalayaan to destination.
Katipunan/C-5, C-5/Luzon, Congressional Ave. to destination.
The MMDA will open zipper lanes or allow counterflow of vehicles along Commonwealth Avenue at the U.P. Techno Hub and Tandang Sora to accommodate the volume of vehicles on the northbound lane.
To guide the motorists on the use of zipper lanes, plastic barriers and traffic cones shall be installed.
Ambulances, tow trucks, military trucks, and other resources will be placed on standby in case of any untoward incident that may happen.
Ahead of the SONA, the MMDA will conduct clearing operations to remove illegally-parked vehicles and other road obstructions at the following areas: Batasan Hills, Litex Road, Tandang Sora, Visayas Ave, Congressional Avenue, C-5 Road, Magiting, Maginhawa, Mayaman and Kalayaan.
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