Parts of Meralco Ave. in Pasig will be closed for work on a subway project

September 11, 2022 | 10:56

MANILA, Philippines – The northern and southern parts of Meralco Avenue in Pasig will be closed to traffic starting Oct. 3 for construction of the Metro Manila metro project and will remain closed until 2028.

In a statement on Sunday, the Department of Transport said the road closure will be in effect from 9 p.m. on October 3.

“Motorists are advised to use alternate routes provided by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and the municipal governments of Pasig and Mandaluyong,” the DOTr said.

The MMSP will be the first underground mass transit system in the country with a rail line extending 33 kilometers from the city of Valenzuela to Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). It is expected to serve nearly 370,000 passengers each day once open.

Using the subway, the department expects travel time between Quezon City and NAIA to be reduced to 35 minutes from the current travel time of one hour and 10 minutes. It will pass through eight cities in Metro Manila and three central business districts.

The 488 billion peso project is funded by the Japanese government.

Starting next month, the road closure will cover the front portion of Capitol Commons to the corner of Shaw Boulevard.

The DOTr previously said that if the subway’s construction schedule was followed, it would be partially operational by 2025.

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Alternative routes

On Sunday, the DOTr provided the alternate routes:

  • Utility jeepneys will be redirected from Captain Henry Javier Street to Danny Floro Street and vice versa, instead of the old Meralco Avenue to Shaw Boulevard Road
  • Upgraded Jeepneys will be rerouted to Dona Julia Vargas Avenue to San Miguel Avenue and back, instead of the old route between Meralco Avenue and Shaw Boulevard
  • UV Express vehicles/units will be redirected to Dona Julia Vargas Ave. towards San Miguel Ave. or Anda Road to Camino Verde, instead of its previous route from Meralco Ave. at Shaw Blvd.

Maria D. Ervin