R-6
Aurora Boulevard
The route of Aurora Boulevard in Metro Manila. Aurora Boulevard is highlighted in red.
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Aurora Boulevard at Araneta City, Cubao, Quezon City
Route information
Component
highways
  • R-6 R-6
  • N59 from EDSA to Katipunan Avenue
  • N180 from G. Araneta Avenue to EDSA
Major junctions
West end N130 (Gregorio Araneta Avenue) / N180 (Magsaysay Boulevard) in Quezon City
Major intersections
East end N11 (Katipunan Avenue) / N59 (Marcos Highway) in Quezon City
Location
CountryPhilippines
Major citiesQuezon City and San Juan
Highway system
  • Roads in the Philippines

Aurora Boulevard is a four-to-ten lane major thoroughfare in Quezon City and San Juan in Metro Manila, Philippines. It was named after Doña Aurora Quezon, the consort of Commonwealth President Manuel Luis Quezon. It is one of the major roads in the commercial district of Araneta City in Cubao. Line 2 follows the alignment of the boulevard.

Route description

Cubao and Loyola Heights

Aurora Boulevard is divided into two routes, the segment from G. Araneta Avenue to EDSA, and EDSA to Katipunan Avenue (C.P. Garcia Avenue) (C-5). Most of the road is a 4-lane dual carriageway, with Line 2 having five stations above ground, while one (Katipunan station) is located underground.

Aurora Boulevard starts as a physical extension of Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard past the intersection with Araneta Avenue near the ManilaQuezon City boundary. It then enters the City of San Juan before crossing Ermitaño Creek near Broadway Centrum to return to Quezon City, this time at the New Manila district. It then intersects Gilmore Avenue, Balete Drive, and E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, before it meets EDSA.

Past EDSA, it passes near the Araneta City Complex in Cubao. The road continues eastward through the barangays of Silangan, Quirino 3-A and Duyan-Duyan, until it ends at Katipunan Avenue (C.P. Garcia Avenue) (C-5) near the Quezon City–Marikina boundary. It continues eastward to Rizal province as Marikina-Infanta Highway (or still more commonly known as Marcos Highway).

The entire span of the road and its continuations have Class II paint-separated one-way bike lanes as part of the national government's Metropolitan Bike Lane Network.[1] The segments within Quezon City are integrated with the city's own bike lane network, with the segment from EDSA to Katipunan Avenue having 0.6-meter (2.0 ft) painted buffer zones on both sides of the bicycle lanes.[2]

History

Eastbound lane of Aurora Boulevard in northern San Juan

The boulevard can be traced back to Calle Quezon, which was built in 1900 and encompassing the section from Katipunan Avenue (C.P. Garcia Avenue) to EDSA (Epifanio de los Santos Avenue), and Camino de Mariquina (also known as San Juan Road, classified as Highway 53, and was also known as Calle Morales), encompassing the section from EDSA to N. Domingo Street.[3][4]

Subsequently, a road west of N. Domingo Street was constructed, eventually becoming part of the present-day boulevard. The portion from Gilmore Avenue to Dewey Boulevard, named Marikina-Ermita Avenue in 1955, was later reclaimed as Legarda Street, Recto Avenue, and Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard.[5] As the road was constructed as an extension of Santa Mesa Boulevard (now Magsaysay Boulevard in honor of former President Ramon Magsaysay), it was also called the Santa Mesa Boulevard Extension Road.[6][7]

The highway was then renamed Aurora Boulevard in 1963 to honor the former First Lady Aurora Quezon, the assassinated consort of President Manuel L. Quezon. The Magnolia Ice Cream House ice cream parlor and factory,[8] once stood at the corner of Aurora Boulevard and Doña Hemady Street which is now occupied by Robinsons Magnolia that got its name from the former ice cream parlor and factory.[9]

Intersections

Westbound lane of Aurora Boulevard, at its intersection with Balete Drive in New Manila, Quezon City.
EDSA–Aurora Boulevard Intersection
ProvinceCity/Municipalitykm[10]miDestinationsNotes
Quezon City63.7 N130 (Gregorio Araneta Avenue)Traffic light intersection. No left turn from westbound. Continues westward to Santa Mesa as N180 (Magsaysay Boulevard).
Quezon CitySan Juan boundaryLambingan Bridge over San Juan River
San JuanH. Lozada StreetTraffic light intersection.
74.3J. Ruiz StreetUnsignaled intersection.
F. Santos StreetEastbound only.
San JuanQuezon City boundaryErmitaño Bridge over Ermitaño Creek
Quezon CityBroadway Avenue / Valencia StreetTraffic light intersection, no left turn from westbound. Access to Broadway Centrum.
85.0 N184 (Gilmore Avenue)Traffic light intersection. Access to Greenhills Shopping Center and St. Paul University.
85.0Doña Hemady StreetTraffic light intersection.
Robinsons Magnolia Access RoadEastbound only. Access to Robinsons Magnolia.
Balete DriveTraffic light intersection.
Seattle StreetTraffic light intersection.
95.6Betty Go-Belmonte StreetUnsignaled intersection.
N. Domingo StreetEastbound only. Unsignaled intersection.
Eulogio Rodriguez Sr. AvenueNo eastbound access.
AH 26 (N1) (EDSA)Traffic light intersection. Route number changes from N180 to N59.
General Santos StreetEastbound only. Access to Araneta City.
General Araneta Street / Annapolis StreetUnsignaled intersection. Access to Araneta City.
106.2General Aguinaldo Avenue / Imperial StreetTraffic light intersection. Access to Araneta City.
Times Square Avenue / Cambridge StreetTraffic light intersection.
Oxford StreetWestbound only.
General Romulo Avenue / Yale StreetTraffic light intersection. General Romulo Avenue leads to Araneta City.
Stanford StreetEastbound/westbound access only. Access from opposite directions via U-turn slots.
15th AvenueTraffic light intersection.
116.820th AvenueEastbound only. Traffic light intersection.
Ermin Garcia StreetWestbound only.
11.57.1Anonas StreetWestbound only. Traffic light intersection.
F. Castillo StreetEastbound only. Traffic light intersection.
127.5Supa Street / J.P. Rizal StreetTraffic light intersection. No traffic lights to and from Supa Street.
Emerald StreetEastbound only. Access to Villa Aurora.
138.1 N11 (Katipunan Avenue)Traffic light intersection. Continues eastward to Antipolo as N59 (Marcos Highway).
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References

  1. ^ "List of all bike lanes based on DPWH classifications". Freedom of Information Philippines. August 25, 2022. Retrieved August 11, 2023.
  2. ^ Luna, Franco (April 7, 2022). "The Road Ahead: For Quezon City, more cyclists will mean more bike lanes". The Philippine Star. Retrieved August 11, 2023.
  3. ^ United States. Army Map Service (1945). Manila North, Philippine Islands, Manila City, Luzon (Map). 1:12,500. United States. United States. Army Map Service. Retrieved January 2, 2024.
  4. ^ Manila, Philippines map (Map). American Red Cross Service Bureau. August 1945. Retrieved April 25, 2021.
  5. ^ "1956: The UE College of Medicine Opens". University of the East. August 1, 2021. Archived from the original on 2021-10-10. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
  6. ^ Executive Order No. 311 (17 December 1940), Establishing the Classification of Roads, retrieved October 10, 2021
  7. ^ Executive Order No. 180 (2 October 1948), Establishing the Classification of Roads, retrieved October 10, 2021
  8. ^ The Magnolia Heritage, Official website, Magnolia Ice Cream Archived 2012-06-10 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Official website - Robinsons Magnolia Archived 2012-09-16 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "North Manila". 2016 DPWH data. Department of Public Works and Highways. Archived from the original on August 13, 2017. Retrieved August 13, 2017.

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