MMDA shares important traffic rerouting details for SONA 2023 on July 24

The State of the Nation Address (SONA) is scheduled to happen on July 24, and as early as now, the MMDA saw fit to advise motorists of the rerouting scheme that will be implemented on that date. Traffic in and around the Commonwealth area always gets heavily clogged on this day of the year, so here’s some very important information on routes you may want to take to avoid traffic.

SONA rerouting scheme released by MMDA

Agency Acting Chairman Atty. Don Artes said that the agency will be deploying 1,354 of its enforcers to manage vehicular and pedestrian traffic on July 24, 2023. Commonwealth Avenue is effectively closed off to civilian motor vehicle traffic during the State of the Nation Address, and as such, the rerouting schemes will be as follows:

Mmda Traffic Rerouting Sona 2023 Inline 01 Min

Photo: Metro Manila Development Authority

NORTHBOUND (Quezon Memorial Circle to Fairview)

  • Vehicles from Elliptical Road should take North Avenue, right turn at Mindanao Avenue, then right turn to Sauyo Road or take Quirino Highway to reach the point of destination

NORTHBOUND (Quezon Memorial Circle to Fairview via Marikina)

  • Light vehicles from C5 Road may turn left at Magiting St., turn right at Maginhawa St., turn left at Mayaman St. to Kalayaan Avenue to reach the point of destination

SOUTHBOUND (Fairview to Quezon Memorial Circle)

  • Vehicles from Commonwealth Avenue should take Sauyo Road or Quirino Highway, turn left at Mindanao Avenue, then turn left at North Avenue to reach the point of destination
Mmda Traffic Rerouting Sona 2023 Inline 02 Min

Photo: Metro Manila Development Authority


  • All trucks coming from C-5 along Katipunan Avenue should take Luzon Flyover then turn left at Congressional Avenue to reach the point of destination

As part of its traffic management plan, the MMDA shall implement a zipper lane or counterflow on the southbound portions of Commonwealth Avenue to give way to vehicles of government officials and guests going to the complex as needed. Expect signs to be installed along the alternate routes to guide motorists on where to go to get to their destination. Plastic barriers and traffic cones will also be put up along zipper lanes and affected roads.

Mmda Traffic Rerouting Sona 2023 Inline 03 Min

Sharing is caring, everyone. Given that a 3-day Transport Strike is also being planned by some PUV transport starting on July 24 as well, a lot of confusion should be expected. Let’s hope that this early advisory from the MMDA and the agency’s efforts to help vehicles and people along on the day of the SONA itself will successfully reach and benefit everyone.

Mikko Juangco
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