Just a little over a week since studies to address the Katipunan traffic began, it seems the MMDA, the Quezon City government, Ateneo de Manila University, Miriam College, and the University of the Philippines may have come up with an idea. Beginning tomorrow, September 21, 2023, the morning rush hour will see the opening and dry run of a Zipper Lane from 6:30 AM – 8:00 AM. The dry run will be held for two (2) weeks.
Dry run of Zipper Lane to try to alleviate morning Katipunan traffic
Motorists who ply the Avenue on a daily basis know of the hellish Katipunan traffic during the morning rush hour. Hundreds of vehicles make their way toward the Katipunan school zones and gridlock gets backed up to Commonwealth-Balara in the southbound direction and White Plains in the northbound direction. The idea is to open a Zipper Lane from 6:30 AM to 8:00 AM from Monday to Friday (excluding any holidays that may fall in the 2-week dry run period) to “utilize the excess capacity of the Southbound direction of Katipunan Avenue after the intersection in front of Ateneo Gate 3”.
During the Zipper Lane dry run hours, the Zipper Lane entry will be at the opening of the center island in the vicinity of Ateneo Gate 2, and its exit point will be at the intersection in front of Ateneo Gate 3. More importantly, only vehicles bound for Miriam College and further (towards UP Balara, Commonwealth, etc.) will be allowed to use the Zipper Lane. There will be strictly no turning right from the Zipper Lane into Ateneo Gate 3.
The hope is to ease Katipunan traffic going into both Ateneo and Miriam.
For the next two weeks of the dry run, expect to see traffic enforcers from both the MMDA and the QC Government to guide motorists. On the same token, additional traffic directional signage will be installed for the benefit of all motorists who will be plying along Katipunan Avenue. Should this prove effective in addressing the Katipunan traffic situation, it could very well become a staple traffic scheme.
Can Katipunan traffic truly be improved? Will the dry run and possible permanent implementation of a Zipper Lane be the solution that Katipunan motorists so badly need? Let us know your thoughts, and if you have any, suggestions on how you would improve traffic in the area via the comments section below.