If you happen to cross the Araneta-Aurora Intersection often to get home or to work, you might want to start using a different route for about a week.   

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that they will be closing the Araneta-Aurora intersection starting on August 15 in order to give way for the Skyway Stage 3 project. The intersection will be closed for a total of seven consecutive nights starting from 11 PM to 5AM.

In particular, the agency announced that the road closure of Araneta-Aurora Intersection will be made to give way to the girder launching of the Skyway Stage 3 project. It is expected to affect an average 17,000 to 18,000 vehicles.

Motorists are advised to find an alternate route to their destinations or take note of these alternate routes prepared by the MMDA.

For light vehicles coming from Shaw Boulevard/V. Mapa, head straight towards Magsaysay Blvd. then Santol Street, right at Palanza, Landargun or Bayani Road, left at G. Araneta to destination and vice versa. Vehicles coming from Cubao headed towards Manila area are to turn right at Guirayan St., left at Palanza, left at Tomas Arguelles St. or Santol St. to Magsaysay Blvd. and continue on to their destination. Those coming from N. Domingo and Blumentritt are to take e F. Roman, H. Lozada St. and J. Ruiz St. Lastly, vehicles coming from the north, along C-3 Sgt. Rivera should turn right at Bayani, Landargun and Palanza St., left at Santol St., left at Magsaysay Blvd., and take V. Mapa, Old Sta. Mesa towards their destination.

Meanwhile, trucks are advised to take the following routes separate from light vehicles. Trucks coming from Quezon Avenue and E. Rodriguez Ave., are to head straight towards España Blvd., left Lacson Ave. straight towards Nagtahan and continue to their destination (vice versa). They may also Take Magsaysay Blvd., right at V. Mapa to Shaw Blvd. and continue on to their destination.

Expect more road closures in the future as the construction of the Skyway Stage 3 is in full swing. It is expected to be completed by Q1 2020. Once complete, the elevated expressway is set to reduce travel time from Buendia to Balintawak from 2 hours to just 15-20 minutes.