QCPD to implement rerouting scheme for SONA

MANILA-- In line with efforts to safeguard and secure participants and delegates to President Rodrigo Duterte's second State-of-the-Nation-Address (SONA) on Monday (July 24), the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) announced it will be implementing a temporary rerouting scheme along roads leading to the House Of Representatives (HOR), Batasan Pambansa Complex.

QCPD head Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar said Commonwealth Avenue will not be closed to vehicle traffic.

However, despite suspension of classes in Quezon City, motorists can expect and experience heavy traffic due to activities and demonstrations of various cause-oriented groups and the establishment of zipper lanes on some portions of Commonwealth to give way to vehicles of government officials and foreign dignitaries entering and exiting the HOR Complex.

The public is therefore advised to take note of the following suggested alternate routes.

For northbound motorists, he said, they may take the first alternate route from EDSA by turning right on Congressional Avenue, left on Mindanao Avenue, right at Old Sauyo Road, then left to Chestnut Road, and right again on Dahlia Street, then left to Fairlane and then left to Commonwealth Avenue.

The second alternate route is from Quezon Memorial Circle via North Avenue, right to Mindanao Avenue, right to Old Sauyo Road then turn left to Chestnut Street, right turn to Dahlia, then left at Fairlane Street. From Fairlane, left turn to Commonwealth Avenue.

Alternate route three, is also from Quezon Memorial Circle via Visayas Ave. Motorists may turn left at Tandang Sora Avenue, turn right to Mindanao Avenue, right to Old Sauyo Road then left to Chestnut Street and right to Dahlia Street, then left to Fairlane street and left to Commonwealth Avenue.

For southbound motorists coming from Commonwealth Avenue, right turn at Fairlane Street then right at Dahlia Street, then left at Chestnut Street, then right to Old Sauyo Road, then left to Mindanao Avenue and on to EDSA.

At 8 a.m. of July 24, IBP Road eastbound shall be partially closed from Filinvest 1 to Sinagtala to give way to the activities of rallyists and demonstrators.

VIPs going to the House of Representatives (HOR) coming from Commonwealth via IBP Road (Sandiganbayan), upon reaching Sinagtala will take the zipper lane on the opposite lane and turn left to HOR using the Southgate.

At 12 noon July 24, the entire eastbound lane of IBP Road will be closed to the public from Litex to Sandiganbayan, open only to vehicles going to HOR.

Vehicles coming from Filinvest 1 and Sinagtala, going to Commonwealth Avenue can take the westbound lane of IBP Road and exit to Sandiganbayan, while those on San Mateo Road, Filinvest 2 going to Fairview and Commonwealth Avenue may take the westbound lane of IBP Rd and exit to Litex.

After the SONA, only the westbound lane of IBP Road leading to Sandiganbayan underpass shall be open for the exclusive use of exiting vehicles coming from the HOR going to Commonwealth Avenue.

Sinagtala going to Commonwealth via IBP Road will be closed from 12 noon. To reach Filinvest 1, take Sinagtala corner Masbate going to IBP Road Commonwealth.

VIPs coming from San Mateo Road upon reaching IBP Rd. will turn right and enter HOR North Gate.

Members of the Senate and Congress upon reaching IBP Road will turn left and take the HOR South Gate.

Normal flow of traffic is expected to resume at 6 p.m.

Eleazar said sufficient traffic enforcers will be deployed to direct traffic together with members of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and QC Department of Public Order and Safety.

He appealed to the public for their cooperation and patience and apologized for the inconveniences that the traffic rerouting may bring.

Source: Philippine News Agency