Quezon Avenue

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Quezon Avenue
View northward from the Roosevelt Avenue pedestrian overpass
Route information
Length: 7.1 km (4.4 mi)
Component
highways:
Major junctions
East end: Elliptical Road in Quezon City
 
West end: Welcome Rotonda in Quezon City
Location
Major cities: Quezon City, Manila
Highway system
Roads in the Philippines
Highways | Expressways (list)

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 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]

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]

Gregorio Araneta Underpass

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]

Quezon Avenue, looking north towards the Banawe Avenue junction in Santa Mesa Heights
Quezon Avenue–EDSA underpass facing the Quezon Memorial Circle

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:

Kilometer Mile Name Destinations Notes
Welcome Rotonda E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Mayon Avenue Roundabout
D. Tuazon Avenue
Banawe Avenue Left turn by U-turn only.
Gregorio Araneta Avenue
Don A. Roces Avenue Southbound access by U-turn only
Roosevelt Avenue Northbound access by U-turn only
Timog Avenue, West Avenue No left turns.
EDSA Interchange
Agham Road, BIR Road Accessible from service roads only.
Elliptical Road Commonwealth Avenue, East Avenue, North Avenue, Kalayaan Avenue, Visayas Avenue Roundabout
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Landmarks[edit]

Fisher Mall on Quezon Avenue

Commercial Structures[edit]

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. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 16, 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  6. ^ "DMCI Homes buys Delta building in QC". The Standard. Retrieved 18 December 2015. 

Coordinates: 14°38′6″N 121°1′23″E / 14.63500°N 121.02306°E / 14.63500; 121.02306