The dry-run of the zipper lane along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City resumed on Saturday (January 2) morning in a bid to help motorists and commuters find alternatives amid the heavy traffic brought by the ongoing construction of MRT-7.
According to the local government, the dry-run of the zipper lane started at 6 a.m. and ended at 11 a.m., with entrances at the Luzon Avenue-Tandang Sora Avenue area and in front of UP-Ayala Technohub and exits at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue eastbound and University Avenue leading to the University of the Philippines – Diliman.
The activity was done to study the effectiveness of the zipper lane or counter-flow scheme as well as the diversion method, which could be used to alleviate the heavy weekday morning rush hour traffic along Commonwealth Avenue expected to last until February 2021, Assistant Quezon City Administrator Alberto Kimpo said.
On December 31, the QC LGU tried implementing a road diversion scheme where vehicles were diverted to University Avenue, and those traveling towards Commonwealth eastbound had to make a U-turn at the University Avenue-C.P. Garcia interchange before proceeding back to Commonwealth.
“We will compare the results of the dry-run for both schemes: zipper lane with Road Diversion and zipper lane with stop-and-go, and make the appropriate recommendation to the MMDA (Metropolitan Manila Development Authority). What’s important here is that following the explicit instructions of Mayor Belmonte, we have to get the right scheme in place come Monday morning,” Kimpo said.
“Instead of crawling through traffic along Commonwealth westbound, entering Elliptical Road, all the way to North Avenue, motorists can use the zipper lane and proceed to C.P. Garcia Avenue via University Avenue, and proceed from there to Katipunan-C5, or Kalayaan Avenue via Maginhawa Street, or East Avenue, or Quezon Avenue. They can therefore by-pass the heavy traffic on Commonwealth westbound and Elliptical,” Kimpo added.