Marcos Bridge westbound in Marikina to close on August 26 – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   August 23, 2019   •   1161

Marcos Highway Bridge in Marikina City

MANILA, Philippines – The westbound portion of Marcos Bridge in Marikina City will be closed to motorists beginning August 26 (Monday), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Thursday.

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said the portion of the bridge will be closed to the public at 12 noon on Monday for repair and rehabilitation works that will last for four months.

Motorists are advised to take the following alternate routes:

CUBAO TO ANTIPOLO ROUTE:

  • From Cubao, take Aurora Blvd., then right turn to Katipunan Ave., take Service Road of Libis Underpass, left turn to Boni Serrano and take FVR Road straight to Macapagal Bridge then Marcos Highway to Antipolo;
  • From Cubao, right turn to 15th Avenue then left turn to Boni Serrano, take FVR Road straight to Macapagal Bridge then Marcos Highway to Antipolo.

TRUCKS FROM CUBAO TO ANTIPOLO ROUTE:

  • From Cubao, take Aurora Blvd., then right turn to Katipunan Ave., take service road of Libis Underpass, left turn to Boni Serrano, straight to FVR Road, take Macapagal Bridge then Sumulong Highway to Antipolo.

ANTIPOLO TO CUBAO ROUTES:

  • From Antipolo, take Sumulong Highway, then A. Bonifacio Avenue, straight ahead Aurora Blvd., to Cubao;
  • From Antipolo, take Marcos Highway and right turn to Fernando Avenue, then take A. Bonifacio Ave. straight ahead Aurora Blvd. to Cubao;
  • From Antipolo, take Marcos Highway, take down ramp to Marcos Bridge Service Rd., then FVR Rd., straight ahead right turn to Katipunan Ave., left turn to Aurora Blvd., straight ahead to Cubao;
  • From Antipolo, take Marcos Highway then FVR Rd., straight ahead take Boni Serrano Ave., then right turn to 20th Ave., left turn to Aurora Blvd., to Cubao.

TRUCKS FROM ANTIPOLO TO CUBAO ROUTE:

  • From Antipolo, take Marcos Highway then FVR Rd. straight ahead, right turn to Katipunan Ave., left turn to Aurora Blvd. straight ahead to Cubao

Meanwhile, the eastbound part of the bridge, which was closed last May, is now open to vehicular traffic.

“After less than three months of repair, motorists going to Antipolo can now utilize the eastbound portion of the bridge,” Garcia said.

He also said that zipper lane will be implemented on the eastbound side for those going out of Marikina due to larger volume of vehicles especially during rush hours.

PRC allows deployment of dentists as vaccinators

Maris Federez   •   October 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has greenlit the deployment of dentists as vaccinators to ensure the faster rollout of government efforts against COVID-19.

This was announced by Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Ben Hur Abalos during President Rodrigo Duterte’s Talk to the Nation public address aired Monday night.

However, Abalos said this needs an emergency order from the Department of Health (DOH).

“Sumulat na po ang Professional Regulatory Commission, papayagan na daw po nila ang mga dentista na maging vaccinators kung mayroon daw emergency order na galing sa DOH. Yan ang kailangan. ‘Di na kailangan i-amend ang batas at napakaraming manpower na maibibigay po ito,” Abalos said.

The MMDA chief added that Metro Manila mayors have expressed willingness to help the vaccination drive in the provinces, especially now that the NCR has already reached the desirable number of COVID-19 vaccinees.

“Tutulong po kami sa sinasabi ni po Sec. Vince [Dizon], Sec. Charlie [Galvez], at Sec. [Eduardo] Año ang mga Metro Manila mayors sa pagbabakuna po sa mga kapitbahay po naming,” Abalos said. —/mbmf

MMDA, mall operators to discuss extension of mall hours

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and mall operators will discuss extending mall hours in preparation for the holiday season.

In a media briefing, MMDA chairman Benhur Abalos said the extension of mall hours will help avoid the influx of shoppers during rush hours. The MMDA will also discuss conducting sales only on weekends to avoid traffic congestion.

Para ang pasok hindi sabay-sabay, hanggang mga alas dyes ng gabi o maski midnight pa mas maganda ([We can extend it] up to 10:00 p.m. or even midnight to prevent customers from flocking to the malls en-masse),” he said.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has placed the National Capital Region (NCR) under Alert Level 3 after recording a decline in the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. AAC

Commonwealth-University Avenue Zipper Lane reopened to address heavy traffic

Robie de Guzman   •   October 18, 2021

The Commonwealth-University Avenue Zipper Lane reopened on Monday to ease heavy traffic along Commonwealth Avenue going to Philcoa and Elliptical Road, the Quezon City government said.

In an advisory, the city government said that the zipper lane will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. from Monday to Friday to vehicles bound for the University of the Philippines, C.P. Garcia Avenue, and Katipunan Avenue.

“Bilang tugon sa bumibigat na daloy ng trapiko tuwing umaga sa kahabaan ng Commonwealth Avenue patungong Philcoa at Elliptical Road, muling bubuksan ng Pamahalaang Lungsod Quezon, sa tulong ng MMDA at EEI, ang Commonwealth-University Avenue Zipper Lane,” it said.

The zipper lane will start at UP Techno-Hub slot and end at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and University Avenue by the entrance to the UP Campus.

“Magsisilbi itong ‘by-pass’ para sa mga bumabaybay ng Commonwealth Avenue na nais magtungong UP, C.P. Garcia Avenue, at Katipunan Avenue, upang maiwasan ang Philcoa at Elliptical Road,” the city government said.

“Para sa mga nais gumamit ng Commonwealth-University Avenue Zipper Lane, at sa iba pang apektadong motorista, sundan po natin ang mga Traffic Enforcers ng Quezon City Task Force on Transport and Traffic Management, at ang mga ilalatag na Road Safety Signages,” it added.

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