The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will open on Friday four “Christmas loops” to further ease traffic congestion during the Christmas rush.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the loops will help ease vehicular flow near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals this holiday season as heavy traffic is expected in the area due to the construction of the NAIA Elevated Expressway.
The NAIA Expressway Phase 2 project involves a 7.75-kilometer, four-lane elevated expressway and a 2.22-kilometer feeder road that will link the airport to the Skyway and the Manila-Cavite Toll Expressway. It is also designed to provide easier access to airport terminals 1, 2, and 3.
The loops, which will be open to traffic until January 3, will serve as alternative routes for airport-bound motorists.
According to the MMDA, the first loop, which is called the ‘maroon loop,’ will take motorists from the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) to the domestic airport through Dr. A. Santos Avenue (Sucat), Kabihasnan, and the Coastal Road or Dongalo Service Road.
The second loop, or the ‘violet loop,’ will take motorists from Manila to the domestic airport via Roxas Boulevard, Airport Road, and the Domestic Road.
The third loop, called the ‘green loop,’ will take motorists from Makati area to the domestic airport through the SLEX/Skyway, Doña Soledad Avenue, E. Rodriguez Avenue, Kaingin Road, Multinational Avenue, Ninoy Aquino Avenue, NAIA Road, and the Domestic Road.
The fourth loop, or the ‘gold loop,’ will take motorists from Makati area to the domestic airport through the SLEX/Skyway through Dona Soledad Avenue, E. Rodriguez Avenue, Kaingin Road, Multinational Avenue, Dr. A. Santos Avenue (Sucat Road), and Ninoy Aquino Avenue.
Meanwhile, the MMDA also designated the following “Christmas loops” for motorists who want to avoid heavy traffic in EDSA:
Brown Loop (SLEX to SM Mall of Asia): From SLEX/Skyway exit at Sucat Road, right at Dr. A Santos Avenue, left at Kabihasnan, left at Coastal Road (Expressway), left at Pacific Avenue, right at Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard, left at EDSA Extension to SM Mall of Asia.
Orange Loop (SLEX to MOA): From SLEX/Skyway exit at Bicutan Road, right at Dona Soledad Avenue, right at E. Rodriguez Avenue, left at Kaingin Road, right at Multinational Avenue, right at Ninoy Aquino Avenue, take a U-turn to Dr. A Santos Avenue, right at Kabihasnan, right at Coastal Road (Expressway), left at Pacific Avenue, right at Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard, left at EDSA Extension to SM Mall of Asia.
Red Loop (Makati City to Quezon City): From EDSA take left turning ramp to Rockwell, straight to Estrella – Pantaleon Bridge, straight Barangka Drive, left at Nuevo de Pebrero, right at S. Laurel Street, left at Shaw Boulevard, right at A Mabini, right at Wilson Street, then left at Ortigas Avenue straight thru Granada, then right at N Domingo, left at Dona Hemady straight to Sct. Tobias, left at Sct. Borromeo, right at Panay Avenue to EDSA to destination.
Blue Loop: From EDSA right at Sct. Borromeo, left at Sct. Tuazon, right at Sct. Rallos, left at Mother Ignacia Avenue, left at Sct. Reyes, right at Guatemala St./Bridge left at 19th Street straight to Broadway Avenue, right at N Domingo, left at Pinaglabanan then right at P. Guevarra straight to D. Arellano Street, left at Shaw Boulevard, right at Acacia Lane, right at F. Ortigas Street, left at Primo Cruz then left at Blumentritt then Cornado left at Makati-Mandaluyong bridge to J.P. Rizal/Makati Ave to destination.