Quezon Avenue

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Quezon Avenue
Radial Road 7
Route information
Length: 7.1 km (4.4 mi)
Major junctions
East end: Elliptical Road in Quezon City
  Agham Road in Brgy.North triangle
Epifanio De los Santos Avenue in Brgy. North Triangle
Sgt. Esguerra (Bohol Avenue)
Examiner and Sct. Albano
West 4th and Sct. Borromeo
Timog Avenue and West Avenue in Brgy. South Triangle
Don Alexandro Roces Avenue in Bgry. Paligsahan
Roosevelt Avenue in Brgy. Santa Cruz
Sct. Chuatoco
Gregorio Araneta Avenue (C-3 road) in Brgy. Talayan
Banawe Avenue in Bgry. Sto. Domingo
D.Tuazon in Brgy. Lourdes
E.Rodriguez Sr. Blvd and Mayon Avenue
West end: Welcome Rotonda in Quezon City
Location
Major cities: Quezon City
Highway system
Highways in the Philippines

Manuel L. Quezon Avenue, more often called as Quezon Avenue, is a 7.1-kilometer (4.4 mi), 6-14 lane major thoroughfare in Metro Manila named after President Manuel Luis Quezon, the second president of the Philippines. The avenue starts at the Quezon City Memorial Circle and runs through to the Welcome Rotonda at the boundary of Quezon City and Manila. Most drivers call the avenue Quezon Ave (pronounced Ke-zon-Av).

It is one of the most comfortable roads in Quezon City, lined with palm trees on its center island. Many government and commercial buildings line the road. At its north end, the Triangle Park, one of Quezon City's CBDs, is the third most important industrial center in the city. At its south end, it connects Quezon City to the Philippine's capital - Manila connecting with Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Avenue. It is a regular route of vehicles from Quezon City leading to Manila, as Quezon Avenue provide access to the Quiapo district of Manila and the University Belt.

History[edit]

Quezon Avenue near Quezon Memorial Circle

The road, much like Commonwealth Avenue, was built as part of the road building projects of Ferdinand Marcos. It was named Don Mariano Marcos Avenue to honor Mariano Marcos, the President's father. The road was renamed Quezon Avenue shortly after Marcos's Administration. It originally starts at EDSA, but the portion between the Elliptical Road and EDSA, which used to be named Commonwealth Avenue extension, became a part of the road.

U-turns[edit]

On 2003, after the perceived effectiveness in EDSA, Commonwealth Avenue and Marcos Highway, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) implemented the "clearway scheme"; this has prohibited crossings and left turns on the avenue. In lieu of left turns, the MMDA has constructed U-turn slots 100 to 200 meters away from the intersections to allow vehicles to reach their destination.[1]

Quezon Avenue/Araneta Avenue underpass[edit]

On June 2011, a 440-meter (1,440 ft) four-lane underpass was started along the Gregorio Araneta Avenue Intersection. The construction was slated to take up to 15 months.[2] On September 2012, President Benigno Aquino III opened the underpass to the public. The project cost 452 million pesos, or below the 534 million peso-budget allocated for it.[3]

Motorcycle lanes[edit]

On 2012, the MMDA instituted motorcycle lanes in the avenue. The lanes are painted blue, and are meant for the exclusive use of motorcycle riders. This comes after the successful use of the "blue lanes" on EDSA, Commonwealth Avenue and Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard, although the blue lane on EDSA is not exclusive to motorcycles.[4]

Planned expressway[edit]

There is a planned underground/elevated expressway to be built over Quezon Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue, the R-7 Expressway, a 16.1 km, 4-lane tollroad. Construction might begin in 2016-2018.[5]

List of intersections[edit]

Gregorio Araneta Underpass

Because Quezon Avenue, like Commonwealth Avenue, is a major thoroughfare by vehicles heading to Manila, interchanges were built along the roads. This is the list of intersections of Quezon Avenue, North to South:

Km. # Intersection Remarks
0 Elliptical Road Roundabout This is the northern terminus of Quezon Avenue. Kalayaan Avenue goes to Cubao, Visayas Avenue goes to C-5, and Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City is the continuation of Radial Road 7, which goes through the center of Quezon City and into Quirino Highway.
1 Agham Road Underpass This is the intersection of Quezon Avenue and the BIR road. There is a 6-lane underpass for vehicles driving a non stop trip to Manila. Agham Road goes to East Avenue and North Avenue.
1 EDSA intersection This is the intersection of Quezon Avenue and EDSA. NB EDSA goes to Caloocan City and SB EDSA goes to Mandaluyong City, Makati City, and Pasay City. Quezon Avenue travellers must U-turn to stay on the Road. There is no access to EDSA from the Agham Road underpass.
2 Quezon Avenue-Timog Intersection Timog Avenue and West avenue both goes to EDSA. Cars from the Agham-EDSA underpass shall go back to the main lanes. Quezon Avenue widens to 12 lanes here.
2 Roosevelt Avenue Intersection Roosevelt Avenue goes to EDSA and Congressional Avenue.
3 Don A. Roces Avenue intersection The avenue goes to Kamuning and Cubao.
4 Gregorio Araneta Avenue (C-3) Gregorio Araneta Avenue goes to the Araneta Center in Cubao and the C-3 Road. Gregorio Araneta Avenue has a 4-lane underpass.[6]
5 Banawe Avenue Intersection Is the alternate route to EDSA, G.Araneta Avenue and Timog avenue. It can be accessed by a U-turn slot.
6 D. Tuazon intersection The road goes to Sgt. Emilio Rivera Avenue(C-3).
7 Welcome Rotonda This the southern terminus of Quezon Avenue. Mayon Avenue goes to NLEX and Balintawak, Eulogio Rodriguez Sr. Ave (Espana Ext.) goes to Cubao, and Espana Boulevard is the portion of R-7 that enters Manila.

Landmarks[edit]

  • Mabuhay Rotonda (Welcome Rotonda)
  • Quezon Memorial Circle
  • Ninoy Aquino Parks And Wildlife Center
  • Lung Center Of The Philippines
  • Manila Seedling Bank (now permanently closed)
  • Delta Theatre

Commercial Structures[edit]

  • Fisher Mall
  • Centris Station (part of Eton Centris)
  • Crossings Department Store and Supermarket
  • Sun Residences

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All set for Quezon Avenue clearway". Philippine Star. 2003-08-14. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  2. ^ Kwok, Abigail (2011-06-20). "Underpass construction on Quezon, Araneta Avenues start". Interaksyon.com. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  3. ^ "P452-M Quezon-Araneta underpass opens today". ABS-CBNnews.com. 2012-09-28. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  4. ^ Melican, Nathaniel (2012-02-14). "MMDA sees safer EDSA with motorcycle lanes". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  5. ^ http://www.dpwh.gov.ph/bureau_services/PPP/projects/r7.htm
  6. ^ http://www.mb.com.ph/node/322502/quezon-avenue-underpa