The Manila Police District (MPD) has released the list of roads that will be closed and rerouting schemes that will be implemented on Friday (January 8), a day before the Feast of the Black Nazarene.
The MPD said they will close certain roads in preparation for the expected surge of devotees, especially on Saturday (January 9).
Below are the roads that will be closed by the MPD Traffic Enforcement Unit from 10 p.m. on Friday onwards.
- Southbound lane of Quezon Boulevard in Quiapo, from A. Mendoza Street/Fugoso Street to Carlos Palanca Street
- Northbound Lane of Quezon Boulevard from Carlos Palanca Street to Fugoso Street
- Westbound lane of España Boulevard from P. Campa Street to A Mendoza Street
- Stretch of Evangelista Street from P. Paterno Street to Recto Avenue
- Stretch of Palanca Street from Carriedo/Plaza Lacson to P. Casal Street
Meanwhile, the following are roads will be closed from 12 a.m. on Saturday (January 9) onwards.
- Stretch of Ronquillo Street from Rizal Avenue to Plaza Sta. Cruz
- Stretch of Bustos Streer from Plaza Sta. Cruz to Rizal Avenue
Vehicles that intend to use the southbound lane of Quezon Boulevard from A. Mendoza Street can turn right to Fugoso Street then left to Rizal Avenue.
Those that will use the southbound lane of España Boulevard must turn left to Nicanor Reyes Street or turn right to P. Campa Street then left to A. Mendoza Street before turning right to Fugoso Street.
Motorists who will come from MacArthur Bridge and use Palanca Street should go straight to Rizal Avenue to point of destination.
Those that will come from Ayala Bridge and use Palanca Street can go straight to P. Casal Street to point of destination.
Vehicles coming from P. Burgos Avenue towards Quezon Bridge should go straight to MacArthur Bridge or Jones Bridge to point of destination.
Motorists that will use the southbound lane of Rizal Avenue going to Ronquillo Street must turn right to C.M. Recto Avenue, turn left to R. Regente Street, to J. Luna Street, turn left to Plaza Cervantes to Jones Bridge or head straight to Muella dela Industria to Escolta to point of destination.
Those coming from MacArthur Bridge going towards Bustos Street can go straight to Rizal Avenue to point of destination.
Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso earlier discouraged Black Nazarene devotees from going out to the streets and to instead practice their faith and worship in their homes.
Masses at the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila will be broadcasted live on Facebook, the Manila Public Information Office said.
As an added precaution, the Manila Public Employment Service Office will be distributing free face masks to devotees who will go out on Saturday.
The annual, massive Traslacion – the process of transferring the revered image of the Black Nazarene from The Quirino Grandstand to Quiapo Church will not happen this year in light of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the city government and church officials announced last year.