Traffic rerouting plan in place for Aquino SONA MondayBy Karen Boncocan
MANILA, Philippines — A rerouting scheme has been prepared to counter possible traffic buildup along Commonwealth Avenue on Monday, the day of President Benigno Aquino III’s fourth State of the Nation Address.
An advisory from the House of Representatives public relations and information bureau (PRIB) said that by midnight of July 22, the leftmost northbound lanes of Commonwealth Avenue will be opened to motorists heading towards Fairview.
By 5 a.m. the area of the northbound lane between Ever Gotesco and the Commission on Audit will be closed to motorists.
At 6 a.m., the Batasan Road will be declared one-way traffic.
Philcoa and Fairview-bound vehicles coming from Filinvest 1 and 2, Sinagtala, and San Mateo Road will have to turn right using the Batasan-Litex Road.
Vehicles with SONA car passes will have access to the Sandiganbayan underpass headed towards Commonwealth Avenue.
Vehicles of members of Congress with SONA car passes which will be coming from San Mateo Road may turn left going to the House of Representatives.
Motorists plying the northbound and southbound lanes of Commonwealth were also given this alternate route:
From EDSA-Congressional Avenue turn left to Mindanao Avenue, then right to Old Sauyo Road, left to Chestnut Street, right to Dahlia Street, left to Regalado Avenue Extension towards Commonwealth Avenue and vice versa.
Upon reaching the U-turn slot in front of Superstar KTV (formerly Metro Disco), motorists will use the southbound lanes of Commonwealth Avenue until they reach the U-turn slot at San Simon (Riverside) which comes right after COA.
Traffic will be normal beyond that point, the advisory read.
Four lanes on the southbound side of Commonwealth Avenue will be used for counter flow.
Motorists coming from Tivoli Royale and Capitol Estate I will be guided by police and traffic enforcers deployed in the area.
The House of Representatives has been busy this week preparing for the President’s address on Monday.
House Secretary General Marilyn Barua-Yap said that they were all set for the event and have finished coordination meetings with the Malacanang, the Senate, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Presidential Security Group (PSG), and the Department of Public Safety and Order.