Traffic advisory for Black Nazarene procession released-A A +A
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
(Updated) THE Manila Police District (MPD) and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have released the traffic re-routing plan for the “Traslacion” of the image of the Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno (Black Nazarene) in various parts of the country’s capital this coming Thursday.
In the traffic advisory released by the authorities on Wednesday, areas of Qurino Grandstand along Katigbak Drive and South Drive will be closed starting at 12 a.m. January 9.
Motorists are advised that all vehicles coming from northern part of Manila utilizing the stretch of Bonifacio Drive southbound (Manila Hotel & other Offices at Port Area) shall turn left from Katigbak going to Anda Circle then right to A. Soriano to Magallanes Drive, right turn to P. Burgos, then go straight to Lagusnilad via Taft Avenue.
Likewise, other vehicles for southbound shall turn left A. Soriano to point of destination.
Vehicles coming from southern part of Manila intending to utilize the northbound of Roxas Blvd. from T.M. Kalaw to P. Burgos shall turn right to T.M. Kalaw to their point of destination.
Meanwhile, vehicles intending to use McArthur Bridge shall pass through Jones or Quezon Bridge to their point of destination while motorists using Taft Avenue northbound shall turn right to U.N. Ave then turn left to P. Guazon to their desired destination.
The MPD noted that at exactly 5 a.m. Thursday, the southbound lane of Quezon Blvd along Quiapo and stretching from Andalucia (including Fugoso) to Plaza Miranda and España (including P. Campa and Lerma) shall be closed to traffic.
Areas which will be also affected by the road closure include C.M. Recto, S.H Loyola, P. Casal, and Carlos Palanca; A. Villegas, Taft Ave. (Freedom Triangle), Taft Avenue and U.N. Avenue; Maria Orosa, P. Burgos corner Roxas Blvd; T.M. Kalaw, Bonifacio Drive and 25th street; Gen. Luna to A. Soriano -Rizal Ave. to C.M. Recto; T. Mapua to CM Recto -Juan Luna to San Fernando; and Juan Luna and Dasmarinas -Northbound lane of Quezon Boulevard.
Authorities advised the public to expect heavy traffic congestion due to road blockade and re-routing during the grand procession including the stretch of Bonifacio Drive from Anda Circle to Katigbak; stretch of Roxas Boulevard from Katigbak to United Nations Avenue, both north and southbound lane; southbound of Quezon Boulevard from Recto to Palanca (including via subway-Isetan Recto); stretch of Lerma from P. Campa to Quezon Boulevard; stretch of Taft Avenue from United Nations Avenue to P. Burgos; Taft Avenue to Finance (westbound lane); Lagusnilad to P. Burgos (Westbound lane); P. Burgos/Taft Avenue (Freedom Triangle-Northbound Lane); Villegas to N.A. Lopez; 25th Street in Port Area; Jones Bridge; stretch of Escolta from Quintin Paredes to Plaza Sta. Cruz; and stretch of Quezon Boulevard ( both north and southbound lane) to Bonifacio Drive (southbound).
They also told the devotees not to bring expensive items such as cellphones and jeweleries during the “Traslacion” and urged the public to just bring enough money along the vicinity of the event.
Classes in all levels in Manila were suspended in anticipation of the religious event, which may draw some 12 million people according to the organizers.
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno also said that employees of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and the trial courts in Manila will only work for half a day.
Other agencies located in the city have yet to announce work suspensions as of this writing Wednesday.(with reports from Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)