In anticipation of the millions of devotees who will attend the Feast of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, the city government of Manila has announced the road closures that will be in effect starting from January 8.
The Manila Public Information Office (MPIO) has advised the public to take note of the following road closures and plan their routes accordingly:
1. Bonifacio Drive: The stretch from Anda Circle to Padre Burgos Avenue will be closed.
2. Katigbak Drive and South Drive: One lane will be accessible to Manila Hotel and H20 Hotel.
3. Roxas Boulevard: The stretch from Katigbak to U.N. Avenue will be closed.
4. Padre Burgos: The stretch from Roxas Boulevard to Jones, McArthur, and Quezon Bridge will be closed.
5. Finance Road: The stretch from Padre Burgos Avenue to Taft Avenue will be closed.
6. Ma. Orosa Street: The stretch from TM. Kalaw to Padre. Burgos Avenue will be closed.
7. Taft Avenue: The stretch from U.N. Avenue to Padre Burgos Avenue will be closed.
8. Romualdez Street: The stretch from U.N Avenue to Ayala Boulevard will be closed.
9. Ayala Avenue: The stretch from Taft Avenue to Romualdez Street will be closed.
10. Carlos Palanca Street: The stretch from P. Casal to Plaza Lacson will be closed.
11. P. Casal Street: The stretch from Carlos Palanca to Arlegui Street will be closed.
12. Legarda Street: The stretch from CM. Recto Avenue to Arlegui Street will be closed.
13. Quezon Boulevard: The stretch from Fugoso Street to Quezon Bridge will be closed.
14. España Boulevard: The westbound lane from P. Campra to Lerma Street will be closed.
To ensure smooth traffic flow, the MPIO has provided alternative routes for vehicles traveling in different directions:
1. Vehicles traveling southbound of Mel Lopez Blvd. going to Roxas Blvd. should turn left to Capulong Street, proceed straight to Yuseco Street, and then take Lacson Avenue to their point of destination.
2. Vehicles traveling southbound of Rizal Avenue are advised to pass Mc Arthur Bridge and turn left to CM Recto Avenue, then left to Legarda Street to reach their destination.
3. Vehicles traveling southbound of A. Mendoza Street, going to Quezon Blvd., should turn right to Fugoso Street, continue to Rizal Avenue, and proceed to their destination.
4. Vehicles traveling westbound of España Blvd. going to Quezon Blvd. should turn left to N. Reyes Street, then continue to CM Recto Avenue and reach their destination.
5. Vehicles traveling southbound of Jose Abad Santos Avenue/R. Regente going to the Intramuros Area should turn right to San Fernando Street, then left to Madrid Street, and left again to Muelle Dela Industria to reach Binondo-Intramuros Bridge and A. Soriano Ave. Alternatively, they can take Juan Luna Street, turn right to Muelle Dela Industria, and continue to Binondo-Intramuros Bridge.
These road closures and alternative routes have been put in place to ensure the safety and convenience of both the devotees attending the Feast of the Black Nazarene and the general public. It is important for commuters and motorists to plan their travel accordingly and allow for extra time to reach their destinations.
Please note that these road closures are subject to change depending on the situation and the advice of the local authorities. It is recommended to stay updated with the latest announcements from the Manila Public Information Office and to follow the instructions of traffic enforcers on the ground.
The Feast of the Black Nazarene is a significant religious event in the Philippines, attracting millions of devotees every year. The road closures and traffic management measures are necessary to ensure the smooth flow of the procession and the safety of all participants. By following the designated routes and cooperating with the authorities, everyone can contribute to a successful and orderly event.
Let us all be understanding and patient during this time, as we come together to celebrate and honor the Feast of the Black Nazarene in Manila.
Source: The Manila Times