NCRPO Announces 25th People Power Anniversary Traffic Rerouting

An iconic photo of the EDSA Revolution in the ...Image via WikipediaA February 23, 2011 press release by the National Capital Region Police Office

The National Capital Region Police Office announced the traffic rerouting scheme for the culminating activities of the 25th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution on Friday, February 25.

NCRPO Chief PDir Nicanor A Bartolome said that the stretch of EDSA Northbound from the Ortigas Service Road until Santolan will be the center of celebration for the People Power anniversary and will be closed to traffic during particular activities. EDSA southbound will be totally open to traffic the whole day.

“Northbound stretch of EDSA from Ortigas to Santolan will be the center of celebration. We expect thirty to fifty thousand (30,000-50,000) people to converge in the area to celebrate in a fiesta atmosphere,” said Bartolome.

Bartolome said that total closure will be implemented in that stretch of EDSA from 6:00AM to 9:00AM on Friday during the flag raising ceremonies.

The inner two (2) lanes of EDSA will be reopened to traffic at 9:00 AM while the other three (3) lanes will be used for the People Power anniversary celebration.

Bartolome added that all lanes of the same stretch will be again closed to traffic at 3:00 PM during the reenactment of “Salubungan,” after which the inner two (2) lanes will be opened at 5:00 PM.

The stretch is again expected to be totally closed to traffic at 7:00 PM until the concert at the vicinity of the People Power Monument is over.

The NCRPO will assist the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and event organizers in implementing traffic rerouting schemes along key areas on Friday.

Bartolome also encouraged the public that will take part in the celebrations to not to bring bulky items or packages, as random inspections will be implemented in the different venues for security purposes.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area and to take alternate routes to avoid inconvenience. Traffic aides will be deployed and appropriate signage will be installed to guide the motoring public of the alternate routes.

Traffic Rerouting Scheme

EDSA Northbound

All northbound private vehicles shall turn right at J. Vargas Street, turn right to San Miguel Avenue, take the U-Turn Slot to Meralco Avenue, then turn left to Ortigas Avenue. Other possible routes for private vehicles: take Guadix, turn left to San Miguel Avenue towards Ortigas Avenue then turn left E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue.

Take a left turn to Boni Serrano Avenue and turn right to EDSA. From Boni Serrano Avenue turn right Katipunan Avenue or turn right 20th Avenue then turn left P. Tuazon Boulevard, right EDSA, from 20th Avenue turn left Aurora Boulevard, all the way to EDSA.

Public utility vehicles (PUVs) shall turn right to Shaw Boulevard then take a left to San Miguel Avenue, then turn right to Ortigas Avenue, turn left E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, then turn left to Boni Serrano Avenue, and turn right to EDSA.

Other possible routes for PUVs: from Boni Serrano Avenue turn right to 20th Avenue then turn left P. Tuazon Boulevard then turn right toward EDSA, or from 20th Avenue turn left to Aurora Boulevard, all the way to EDSA.

EDSA Southbound

All southbound vehicles shall turn right Aurora Boulevard, left at Gilmore straight to Ortigas Avenue all the way to EDSA; from EDSA, vehicles shall turn right Boni Serrano Avenue, left Gilmore Avenue, straight Ortigas Avenue, all the way to EDSA.