Alabang–Zapote Road

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Alabang–Zapote Road
Calle Real
Real Street
Zapote–Alabang Road
Alabang-Zapote Road, Pamplona (Las Piñas; 09-19-2021).jpg
Alabang–Zapote Road in Las Piñas
Route information
Maintained by Department of Public Works and Highways and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority
Length10.9 km (6.8 mi)
Approximate length; including spur in Alabang
Component
highways
N411
Major junctions
West end E3 (Coastal Road) / N62 (Aguinaldo Boulevard) in Bacoor
Major intersections
East end N1 (Manila South Road) / N143 (Montillano Street) / East Service Road in Muntinlupa
Location
CountryPhilippines
RegionsMetro Manila, Calabarzon
ProvincesCavite
Major citiesMuntinlupa, Las Piñas, Bacoor
Highway system
  • Roads in the Philippines
N410 N413

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's Alabang Exit, East Service Road, Manila South Road, and Montillano Street, the road runs westwards for approximately 10.9 kilometers (6.8 mi) to the junction with Diego Cera Avenue. 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.

The entire route is designated as National Route 411 (N411) of the Philippine highway network.[2]

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.[3] It was also designated as part of Highway 1 (especially during the American colonial era)[4][5] and of Manila South Road, which spanned from Manila to Bicol Region.[6][7] At present, only the road's section in Las Piñas and Muntinlupa is called Calle Real or Real Street as an alternative name for the road, while the rest of the route had been renamed to Del Pilar Street in Manila, Harrison Avenue in Pasay, Quirino Avenue in Parañaque, and Diego Cera Avenue from Manuyo Uno to Zapote in Las Piñas.

The road was extended to the northwest towards Coastal Road in Bacoor in 1997 with the construction of the four-lane Alabang-Zapote Centennial Flyover (now Zapote Flyover) that was built as a solution to the increasing traffic volume along the road.[1] Its section in Alabang, Muntinlupa, particularly between Filinvest and Bridgeway Avenues, was also realigned between 2006 and 2012 with the development of Filinvest Corporate City.

Route description[edit]

Alabang–Zapote Road near Alabang Town Center in Muntinlupa

The road begins at the junction of Manila South Road (National Highway), Montillano Street, East Service Road, and South Luzon Expressway's Alabang Exit in Alabang, Muntinlupa, below the Alabang Viaduct and Skyway Extension. A spur carrying southbound traffic also branches the highway to the front of Starmall Alabang at Manila South Road. It then crosses into Filinvest City and Barangays Cupang and Ayala Alabang. In Filinvest City, the road is interrupted due to realignment brought out by its development. The gap is filled by a segment of Bridgeway Avenue between West Service Road and Spectrum Midway before resuming as short frontage roads parallel to Skyway's South Station Exit.

West of Investment Drive (northern extension of Daang Hari Road) at Madrigal Business Park, it then enters Las Piñas and goes past the commercial and residential areas of the city. It then crosses Zapote River and enters the province of Cavite at Bacoor, 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 proposed Las Piñas–Muntinlupa Expressway, which is worth 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.[8] 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.[9] The Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP), or the "coding" scheme, is modified for Alabang–Zapote Road to have no "window hours".[10]

Intersections[edit]

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

Mainline[edit]

ProvinceCity/Municipalitykm[11]miDestinationsNotes
CaviteBacoor E3 (CAVITEX) / N62 (Aguinaldo Boulevard) – Kawit, ManilaWestern terminus. Access to Bacoor (Longos) Exit of CAVITEX. No left turn allowed from Alabang–Zapote Road.
Las Piñas-Talaba Diversion RoadNo access from opposite direction
West end of Zapote Flyover
Zapote RiverZapote Bridge 2
Las Piñas14.7739.180 N62 (Diego Cera Avenue)
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
SkywaySouth Station (Alabang-Zapote) exit of Skyway; exit and entrance[12]
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
24.95615.507 N142 (Montillano Street) / Market StreetNo left turns
25.09915.596 N1 (Manila South Road) / N142 (Montillano Street) / East Service RoadEastern terminus. Access from Manila South Road only.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Spur[edit]

The entire route will be located in Muntinlupa. This 258-meter (846 ft) segment[2] in Alabang has no official kilometer count. 

kmmiDestinationsNotes
N411 (Alabang-Zapote Road) / Market StreetWestern terminus. Connection with main route. No left turns from the westbound lane of Alabang–Zapote Road mainline.
N1 (Manila South Road)Eastern terminus. Access to Manila South Road northbound is closed; accessible via U-turn slot beneath Alabang Viaduct.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Flyover construction rushed for Christmas". Manila Standard. October 12, 1997. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Road and Bridge Inventory". www.dpwh.gov.ph. Retrieved July 6, 2020.
  3. ^ "Rebirth of Taft Avenue". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  4. ^ Southern Luzon Western Sheet (Map). 1:200000. Washington D.C.: US Geodetic Survey. 1941. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  5. ^ 1944 Army Map Service Road Map of Northern Luzon, Philippines (Map). 1:500000. Washington D.C.: Army Map Service. 1944. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  6. ^ "Annex "A" Scope of Work" (PDF). JICA Report PDF. March 12, 1981. Retrieved June 21, 2022.
  7. ^ Executive Order No. 113, s. 1955 (2 May 1955), Establishing the Classification of Roads, retrieved June 21, 2022
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ Frialde, Mike (July 7, 2016). "Traffic choke points in Metro Manila identified". The Philippine Star. Philstar. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  10. ^ Ramirez, Robertzon (October 18, 2016). "18 roads added to coding scheme". The Philippine Star. Philstar. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  11. ^ Some distances from 2016 DPWH Atlas road data for Las Piñas-Muntinlupa District Engineering Office. Most distances are approximates.
  12. ^ SKYWAY SOMCO [@SkywaySOMCO] (December 13, 2021). "TEMPORARILY OPEN! Alabang Zapote Northbound Entry. #Skyway" (Tweet). Retrieved December 13, 2021 – via Twitter.

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