Alabang–Zapote Road

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Alabang–Zapote Road
Calle Real
Real Street
Zapote–Alabang Road
Route information
Maintained by Department of Public Works and Highways and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority
Length10.9 km (6.8 mi)
Component
highways
N411
Major junctions
West end E3 (Manila–Cavite Expressway) in Bacoor, Cavite
 
East end N1 (Maharlika Highway) in Muntinlupa
Highway system
Roads in the Philippines
N410N413

Alabang–Zapote Road is a four-lane national road which travels east–west through the southern limits of Metro Manila, Philippines. It runs parallel to Dr. Santos Avenue in the north and is named for the two barangays that it links: Alabang in Muntinlupa and Zapote in Las Piñas.

From its eastern terminus at an interchange with South Luzon Expressway and the Skyway, the road runs westwards for 10.2 kilometers (6.3 mi) to the junction with Diego Cera Avenue and Aguinaldo Highway. And since 1997, it also extends further west for several hundred meters connecting Las Piñas to its present terminus at Coastal Road (R-1) in Bacoor, Cavite.[1]

The road carries more than 70,000 vehicles per day as of 2016, and suffers from traffic jams. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) listed Alabang-Zapote Road as a major traffic bottleneck point or choke point, and the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP), or "color coding" scheme, is modified for the road to no longer include window hours.

History[edit]

Alabang–Zapote Road follows an old Spanish coastal trail that linked the Province of Manila to La Laguna and other southern provinces. It was called Calle Real (Spanish for "royal street") or Camino Real (Spanish for "royal way") which spanned from Ermita to Muntinlupa.[2] At present, only the Las Piñas-to-Muntinlupa section is called Calle Real or Real Street as an alternative name for the road. The rest of the route had been renamed to Del Pilar Street in the City of Manila, Harrison Avenue in Pasay, Elpidio Quirino Avenue in Parañaque, and Diego Cera Avenue in Las Piñas (Manuyo Uno–Zapote segment).

Route description[edit]

The road begins in Alabang near Starmall Alabang and Festival Alabang (formerly Festival Supermall) in Filinvest City. It then crosses into the Madrigal Business Park and Alabang Town Center intersecting with Madrigal Avenue and Acacia Avenue. West of Daang Hari Road (Investment Drive), it enters Las Piñas and Barangay Pilar where SM Southmall is located. From Marcos Alvarez Avenue to CAA Avenue-BF Resort Drive, the road traverses barangay Talon where Robinsons Place Las Piñas is located. In Pamplona, it goes past the Las Piñas City Hall, SM Center Las Piñas and Starmall. A flyover and bridge was built in 1997 to connect Zapote, Las Piñas with Zapote, Bacoor (Longos) over the Zapote River where the road ends at an interchange with Coastal Road (CAVITEX). Electric power subtransmission lines by Meralco, placed on tall roadside posts, also shared by distribution lines, line almost the whole length of the road from Zapote in Las Piñas to Alabang in Muntinlupa and the ongoing proposed construction of Las Piñas–Muntinlupa Expressway with a cost of 2.75 billion.

Traffic[edit]

Late afternoon rush hour along Alabang–Zapote Road near Pamplona in 2013.

As of July 2016, the Las Piñas Traffic Management Office reported more than 70,000 vehicles travelling on Alabang-Zapote Road daily, that already reached above its allowable capacity.[3] The road gained notoriety for its traffic jams, and it is listed by the Metro Manila Development Authority as a major traffic bottleneck area in south Metro Manila, along with other major roads leading to Ninoy Aquino International Airport, like Sucat Road, Andrews Avenue, and Domestic Road.[4] The Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP), or the "coding" scheme, is modified for Alabang-Zapote Road to have no "window hours".[5]

Intersections[edit]

Intersections in the list below are arranged by kilometer number, based on numbers on kilometer stones (from Rizal Park, the Kilometer Zero)

Mainline[edit]

ProvinceCity/Municipalitykm[6]miDestinationsNotes
Las PiñasWest end of Zapote Flyover
14.7739.180 N62 (Diego Cera Avenue)Western terminus. Access to Las Piñas Bamboo Organ Church.
15.0009.321East end of Zapote Flyover
Fruto Santos Avenue (Tramo Street)
16.40010.190Doña Manuela Avenue
16.80010.439C.V. Starr AvenueServes Starmall Las Piñas and BF Resort.
17.50010.874Manila Times Street / Aria StreetServes University of Perpetual Help System DALTA - Las Piñas
18.67011.601CAA Road / BF Resort AvenueServes BF Resort.
20.07312.473Marcos Alvarez Avenue
22.10013.732Concha Cruz DriveServes BF Homes.
Muntinlupa22.38613.910Investment Drive – Daang Hari, San Pedro
22.55014.012Acacia AvenueServes Madrigal Business Park and Ayala Alabang Village.
22.71414.114Don Manolo DriveServes Alabang Hills and San Beda College Alabang.
23.04814.321Madrigal AvenueServes Alabang Town Center and Ayala Alabang Village.
24.02314.927Filinvest AvenueLeft turns allowed from Skyway only.
SkywayEntrance and exit.
North BridgewayServes Northgate Cyberzone.
24.38115.150North Bridgeway / Spectrum MidwayServes Vivere Hotel Alabang and Festival Alabang.
24.70715.352Corporate AvenueServes South Station, Filinvest Corporate City, Crimson Hotel and Festival Alabang
24.95615.507Montillano Street / Market StreetNo left turns.
25.09915.596 N1 (Manila South Road) / E2 / AH26 (South Luzon Expressway)Eastern terminus. Access from Manila South Road only.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Spur[edit]

The entire route is located in Muntinlupa. This segment in Alabang has no official kilometer count. 

kmmiDestinationsNotes
N411 (Montillano Street/Alabang-Zapote Road)
Market Street
Western terminus. Connection with main route. No left turns from Montillano Street.
N1 (National Road/Daang Maharlika)Eastern terminus. Access from National Road for public utility vehicles (jeepneys and buses) only.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Landmarks[edit]

Many commercial establishment, like malls and major commercial areas, and other major landmarks are found on or near the vicinity of Alabang-Zapote Road. Malls, like South Station and Festival Alabang by Filinvest, Alabang Town Center by Ayala Malls, SM Southmall and SM Center Las Piñas by SM Supermalls, Robinsons Place Las Pinas by Robinsons Malls, and Uniwide Metromall by the defunct Uniwide Sales, Inc., are found beside or accessible via Alabang-Zapote Road. Major commercial areas and developments, like Madrigal Business Park, Molito, Westgate Alabang, Northgate Cyberzone, and Filinvest City, are also accessed through the road. The city hall of Las Piñas is found along Alabang-Zapote Road. Major hotels that lie on or near the vicinity of the road includes Crimson Hotel and Vivere Hotel, and Eurotel and Dream Hotel in Las Piñas.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Flyover construction rushed for Christmas published by Manila Standard; accessed 2013-10-17.
  2. ^ Rebirth of Taft Avenue published by the Manila Bulletin; accessed 2013-10-17.
  3. ^ "Las Piñas LGU on traffic problem: moratorium on franchise issuance, Task Force Ayos Trapiko". Government of the Republic of the Philippines. Philippine Information Agency. July 18, 2016. Archived from the original on January 24, 2017. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  4. ^ Frialde, Mike (July 7, 2016). "Traffic choke points in Metro Manila identified". The Philippine Star. Philstar. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  5. ^ Ramirez, Robertzon (October 18, 2016). "18 roads added to coding scheme". The Philippine Star. Philstar. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  6. ^ Some distances from 2016 DPWH Atlas road data for Las Piñas-Muntinlupa District Engineering Office. Most distances are approximates.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 14°26′12″N 121°0′24″E / 14.43667°N 121.00667°E / 14.43667; 121.00667