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Heavy traffic seen enroute to Batasan Complex

  • Written by Melnie Ragasa-Jimena With Jhazzie Basit
  • Published in Metro
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Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director Chief Supt. Joselito T. Esquivel Jr. said heavy traffic is expected along roads leading to and from the Batasang Pambansa Complex where the President is set to deliver his State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2018 today, and advised motorists to take alternate routes.

He said that as in previous SONA experiences, “We have identified alternate routes for motorists who will be most likely affected by the traffic congestions due to activities and mass demonstrations of cause-oriented groups particularly along Commonwealth Avenue”.

There will be zipper or counterflow lanes in some portions of Commonwealth Avenue to give way to vehicles of government officials and foreign dignitaries entering and exiting the Batasan Complex.

By 12:01 midnight of July 23, 2018, Commonwealth Ave. northbound shall be partially closed from Toyota Commonwealth to Sandiganbayan U-turn slot. Southbound lanes will remain open.

At 6 a.m. today, motorists coming from Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC) going to Fairview shall take the zipper lane at the island breaker in front of Home Depot U-turn slot and take inner lanes. The end and exit point of the zipper lane is at the island breaker at Sandiganbayan U-turn slot.

Likewise, motorists coming from Fairview going to QMC shall take the usual southbound route.

At 12 noon today, the entire west-bound lane of IBP Road (from Litex to Sandiganbayan) will be closed to motorists. Vehicles coming from Filinvest 1, Sinagtala, San Mateo Road, and Filinvest 2 going to Fairview and Commonwealth Avenue may take the east-bound lane of IBP Road and exit to Litex.

At 2:30 p.m., light vehicles coming from QMC going to Fairview may take North Avenue, turn right at Mindanao Avenue, turn right at Old Sauyo Road, turn left at Chestnut Street, turn right at Dahlia St., turn left at Fairlane Street, then exit at Commonwealth Avenue. Heavy vehicles should use Commonwealth Ave.

Light vehicles from Fairview to QMC may turn right at Fairlane St., turn right at Dahlia St., turn left at Chestnut St., turn right at Old Sauyo Road, turn right at Mindanao Avenue, take U-turn at corner Quirino Highway at Mindanao Avenue (southbound), left turn North Avenue at QMC to destination.

Another alternate route is to make right turn at Regalado Avenue, right turn at Old Sauyo Road, right turn at Mindanao Avenue take U-turn at Quirino Highway to Mindanao Avenue (southbound), left turn North Avenue at QMC to destination.

Vehicles going to Fairview from QMC may make right turn at North Avenue, right turn at Mindanao Avenue, right turn at Old Sauyo Road or Quirino Highway to destination.

Another alternate route from QMC, make right turn at Visayas Avenue, left turn at Congressional Avenue right turn at Mindanao Avenue, right turn at Old Sauyo or Quirino Highway to destination.

At 6 p.m., only westbound lane at IBP Road leading to Sandiganbayan underpass shall be opened from the Southgate of House of Representatives going to Commonwealth Avenue. However, the westbound lane from HOR Southgate to Litex will remain closed until further notice.

C/Supt. Esquivel said, “Ngayon pa lang po, ay humihingi na kami ng paumanhin at mahabang pasensiya sa mga maaapektuhan ng traffic sa Lunes.”