Araneta-Aurora Intersection in Manila to close starting August 15 – MMDA
Robie de Guzman • August 14, 2019 • 584
MANILA, Philippines – The Araneta-Aurora intersection in Manila will be closed to motorists for seven consecutive nights beginning this week, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Tuesday.
In an advisory, the MMDA said the closure will start on August 15 (Thursday) from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. This is to give way to the launching of a girder for the Skyway Stage 3 project.
The MMDA said an average of 17,000 to 18,000 vehicles will be affected by the temporary closure.
Affected motorists are advised to take the following routes:
FOR LIGHT VEHICLES:
From Shaw Boulevard/ V. Mapa, take straight towards Magsaysay Blvd. then Santol Street, right at Palanza, Landargun or Bayani Road, left at G. Araneta to destination and vice versa;
Vehicles from Cubao towards Manila area, along Aurora Blvd., right at Guirayan St., left at Palanza, left at Tomas Arguelles St. or Santol St. to Magsaysay Blvd. to destination;
Vehicles coming from N. Domingo and Blumentritt, take F. Roman, H. Lozada St. and J. Ruiz St.
Vehicles coming from north: along C-3 Sgt. Rivera, right at Bayani, Landargun and Palanza St., left at Santol St., left at Magsaysay Blvd., and take V. Mapa, Old Sta. Mesa to destination
From Quezon Avenue, E. Rodriguez Ave., straight towards España Blvd., left Lacson Ave. straight towards Nagtahan to destination (vice versa); or
Take Magsaysay Blvd., right at V. Mapa to Shaw Blvd. to destination and vice versa.
The Skyway Stage 3 is one of the key projects under the “Build, Build, Build” program of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The project, which connects Buendia in Makati City to Balintawak in Quezon City, is expected to reduce travel time between the said areas for 15 to 20 minutes from the current two hours.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will conduct a traffic simulation for the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games on November 14.
MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago said to expect a traffic build-up during the simulation as well as during the rehearsal of the SEA Games on November 26.
“May konting pagtigil sa regular na pagdaloy ng trapiko. Kapag malapit na ititigil mo na so magtataka iyong mga kababayan natin ‘bakit kami tinitigil?’ So ibig sabihin po noon may paparating pong convoy (There is a slight changes in the regular traffic flow. Once the convoy is near, traffic will be stopped. Our motorists would ask why, well it means that they convoy is on its way),” she said.
This is to test out the bus convoys of the athletes and delegates who will attend the SEA Games from November 30 to December 11.
The simulation will begin from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
From hotels in Tagaytay, Pasay, and Manila, the convoy will traverse EDSA, North Luzon Expressway and other main roads in Metro Manila before arriving at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.
Here are the following roads that will be affected by the simulation:
EDSA Northbound lane
South Luzon Expressway
North Luzon Expressway
The MMDA will implement the Stop and Go scheme for the affected roads in Metro Manila.
The convoy will pass through the yellow lane and there will be no special lane provided for them. No roads will be closed during the simulation, according to the MMDA.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)
MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday said it will run after public utility bus (PUB) drivers who have committed hundreds of traffic violations since 2006.
MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia said they were able to account for more than 1,700 PUB drivers based on its database.
The list of names of these drivers has already been turned over to the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
Garcia said that based on MMDA records, one bus driver alone has committed 533 violations, including obstruction, disregarding traffic sign, loading/unloading, yellow lane, and open door.
“I was alarmed over these erring PUB drivers, so I immediately coordinated with the LTO. We will strictly enforce Republic Act 4136 against errant drivers,” he told reporters in a briefing Tuesday.
Under RA 4136, also known as the Land Transportation and Traffic Code of the Philippines, a driver who commits the same violations at least three times in a year may face automatic suspension of his/her license for at least one to two years.
The MMDA said the PNP-Highway Patrol Group Traffic Enforcement Unit will apprehend the suspended PUB drivers once the list comes out.
The LTO, for its part, assured the public that due process will be observed in dealing with these traffic law violators.
“Our aim is to instill discipline among the PUB drivers. Also, this is for the safety of passengers,” Garcia said.
He also warned bus operators against hiring PUB drivers with numerous traffic violations.
“Please exercise extra-ordinary diligence in hiring a PUB driver or else we will impound your vehicle,” he said.
The agency said it is currently scrutinizing records of public utility vehicle drivers’ traffic violations from 2018 up to present.
Copies of these records will be submitted to the LTO for proper action.
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