MMDA advises motorists to take alternate routes during Meralco Avenue partial closure

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 2) — Traffic authorities are bracing for a heavier traffic when the partial closure of Meralco Avenue takes effect on Oct. 3 at 9 p.m. About 250 meters of road from Capitol Commons to Shaw Boulevard will not be passable until 2028.

The Shaw Boulevard Station is part of the 33-kilometer Metro Manila Subway Project, an underground rail system funded by the Japanese government.

RELATED: DOTr to close portion of Meralco Ave. in Pasig starting Oct. 3 for subway project

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority urged motorists, especially private vehicles, to take alternate routes when heading to the Pasig and Mandaluyong areas.

“'Yung madadagdag na volume sa kahabaan na Capt. Henry Javier, D. Floro St. at pati Julia Vargas ay hindi po magawang biro na ‘yan. Pakiusap ay umiwas tayo or find alternate routes,” MMDA Task Force Special Operations Chief Bong Nebrija said in an online forum Sunday.

[Translation: The added volume along the stretch of Capt. Henry Javier, D. Floro St. and even Julia Vargas shouldn't be taken lightly. Please avoid them or find alternate routes.]

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Pasig City government have released traffic rerouting schemes for public utility jeepneys, modern jeepneys, and UV Express units.  The following alternative routes will be accessible to private vehicles:

Public utility jeepneys from Meralco Ave. to Shaw Blvd:

- Rerouted to Captain Henry Javier to Danny Floro St. and vice versa

Modernized jeepneys from Meralco Ave. to Shaw Blvd:

- Rerouted to Julia Vargas Ave. to San Miguel Ave. and vice versa

UV Express units from Meralco Ave. to Shaw Blvd:

- Rerouted to Julia Vargas Ave. to San Miguel Ave. or Anda Road to Camino Verde

Nebrija said motorists and passengers should expect heavy traffic around Meralco Avenue, where public utility vehicles will be diverted. He also warned of a higher traffic volume, especially during the holiday season, when nearby malls hold sales and attract more customers.

Even before the closure, commuters and jeepney drivers have already expressed their dismay. Many are dreading the longer trips due to the rerouting.

The DOTr has provided a right of way for affected establishments and is in talks with other property owners in the area.

The Metro Manila Subway will stretch from Valenzuela City to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in Pasay City.

It can accommodate 370,000 passengers daily and aims to cut travel time from Quezon City to NAIA from more than an hour to just 35 minutes.

The DOTr aims to begin partial operations of the subway by 2027.