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Quezon Avenue
Quezon Ave
Q Ave
Map of Quezon Avenue in Metro Manila
01016jfRoosevelt Quezon Avenue Fisher Mall Overpass Quezon Cityfvf 106.JPG
View northward from the pedestrian overpass near Fisher Mall
Route information
Maintained by the Department of Public Works and Highways
Length6.1 km[1] (3.8 mi)
Major junctions
Northeast end N170 (Elliptical Road)
Major intersections
Southwest endWelcome Rotonda
Major citiesQuezon City
Highway system
  • Roads in the Philippines

Manuel L. Quezon Avenue, more often called as Quezon Avenue, or simply Quezon Ave (pronounced: Ke-zon-Av), is a 6.1-kilometer (3.8 mi) major thoroughfare in Metro Manila named after President Manuel Luis Quezon, the second president of the Philippines. The avenue starts at the Quezon Memorial Circle and runs through to the Welcome Rotonda near the boundary of Quezon City and Manila.

Lined with palm trees and other species of tree on its center island and spanning six to fourteen lanes, it is a major north-south and east-west corridor of Quezon City. Many government and commercial buildings line the road. At its north end, the Triangle Park, one of Quezon City's Central Business District, is the third most important industrial center in the city. At its south end, it connects Quezon City to the Philippine's capital – Manila. It is a regular route for vehicles from Quezon City leading to Manila, as the highway provide access to Quiapo and the University Belt.


The avenue was developed as part of a road plan to connect the government center of Manila in Rizal Park to the proposed new capital on the Diliman Estate.[2] It was also referred to as Quezon Boulevard Extension, Calle España, and Malawen Boulevard.[3][4] During the World War II, its section in Diliman Estate served as a runway of the Quezon Airfield, along with the Manila Circumferential Road (now EDSA).[5][6]

The road, much like Commonwealth Avenue, was then named Don Mariano Marcos Avenue to honor Mariano Marcos, the father of President Ferdinand Marcos. The road was renamed Quezon Avenue after former president Manuel Quezon following the 1986 People Power Revolution with the ascension of Corazon Aquino as president. It originally starts at EDSA, but the portion between the Elliptical Road and EDSA, which used to be named Commonwealth Avenue extension, became a part of the road. With the passing of the 1987 Constitution, Quezon City had four legislative districts until two new districts were added effective 2013. The west of the Quezon Avenue constitutes the first district, while the east constitutes the fourth district.

U-turn slots

In 2003, after the perceived effectiveness in EDSA, Commonwealth Avenue and Marcos Highway, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) implemented the "clearway scheme"; this has prohibited crossings and left turns on the avenue. In lieu of left turns, the MMDA has constructed U-turn slots 100 to 200 meters (330 to 660 ft) away from the intersections to allow vehicles to reach their destination.[7]

The MMDA would later backpedal on the scheme in 2014 by reverting some intersections along Quezon Avenue back to traffic light-signalized ones.[8]

Quezon Avenue–Araneta Avenue underpass

Gregorio Araneta Underpass

In June 2011, a 440-meter (1,440 ft) four-lane underpass was started along the Gregorio Araneta Avenue Intersection. The construction was slated to take up to 15 months.[9] In September 2012, President Benigno Aquino III opened the underpass to the public. The project cost 452 million or below the ₱534 million budget allocated for it.[10]

Motorcycle lanes

In 2012, the MMDA instituted motorcycle lanes in the avenue. The lanes are painted blue and are meant exclusively for the use of motorcycle riders. This comes after the successful use of the "blue lanes" on EDSA, Commonwealth Avenue, and Macapagal Boulevard, although the blue lane on EDSA is not exclusive to motorcycles.[11]


Quezon Avenue, looking north towards the Banawe Avenue junction in Santa Mesa Heights
Quezon Avenue–EDSA underpass facing the Quezon Memorial Circle

The entire route is located in Quezon City. Intersections are numbered by kilometer post, with Rizal Park in Manila designated as kilometer zero

6.5294.057 N170 (Elliptical Road)Northeastern terminus. Continues to Fairview as Commonwealth Avenue.
Northeastern end of Quezon Avenue–EDSA Underpass
Senator Miriam P. Defensor-Santiago Avenue (formerly Agham and BIR Roads)Accessible from service roads only. Traffic light intersection.
AH 26 (N1) (EDSA) – Cubao, Makati, MonumentoTraffic light intersection
Sergeant Esguerra AvenueAccessible from service roads only. Northbound segment provides access to Timog Avenue.
Southwestern end of Quezon Avenue–EDSA Underpass
Scout Albano Street/Examiner StreetTraffic light intersection. Access to West Avenue (Examiner side); access to Mo. Ignacia Ave. and Eugenio Lopez Drive (Sct. Albano side)
Scout Borromeo Street/West 4th StreetTraffic light intersection.
Scout Santiago Street/West 6th StreetNo access from opposite directions.
N171 (West Avenue) / N172 (Timog Avenue)Traffic light intersection
Jose Abad Santos StreetSouthbound only
Scout Reyes StreetNorthbound only
Scout Magbanua StreetNorthbound only
Don Alejandro Roces AvenueSouthbound access by U-turn only. Access to Tomas Morato Avenue and Kamuning Road.
Fernando Poe Jr. Avenue (formerly Roosevelt Avenue)Northbound access by U-turn only. Access to San Francisco del Monte and Project 7. Former traffic light intersection.
Dr. Garcia StreetNorthbound only
General Lim StreetSouthbound only
Scout Chuatoco StreetNorthbound only. Access to New Manila and E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave, Hemady Street, and Gilmore Avenue.
7.2004.474Quezon Avenue Bridge over San Juan River
Northeastern end of G. Araneta Underpass
N130 (Gregorio Araneta Avenue)Traffic light intersection. No left turn allowed from both directions. Also provides access to Skyway.
Santo Domingo AvenueAccess from southbound service road only
Southwestern end of G. Araneta Underpass
Tuayan (Raymundo Familara) StreetAccess from northbound service road only
Biak na Bato StreetSouthbound only
Victory AvenueNorthbound only
Banawe StreetOpposite segments accessible via U-turn slots. Former Traffic light intersection.
Cordillera StreetOpposite segments accessible via U-turn slots
D. Tuazon Street (formerly Sobriedad Street)Traffic light intersection
Speaker Perez StreetSouthbound only
Apo StreetSouthbound only
Kanlaon StreetSouthbound only
Kitanlad StreetNorthbound only
11.5477.175 N170 (España Boulevard) / E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue / Mayon Street / Nicanor Ramirez StreetWelcome Rotonda; Southwestern terminus. Continues to Quiapo as España Boulevard.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


Starting from its western terminus:

See also


  1. ^ "Road and Bridge Inventory". Department of Public Works and Highways. Retrieved June 21, 2023.
  2. ^ Bueza, Michael (October 12, 2014). "What Quezon City could have looked like". Rappler. Retrieved April 25, 2021.
  3. ^ Batas Pambansa Blg. 685 (March 7, 1984), An Act Renaming Timog Avenue and East Avenue as Carlos P. Garcia Avenue, The Corpus Juris, retrieved September 26, 2021
  4. ^ Manila, Philippines map (Map). American Red Cross Service Bureau. August 1945. Retrieved April 25, 2021.
  5. ^ "Map of North Avenue Airfield (Quezon Airfield) in Quezon north of Manila". Pacific Wrecks. Retrieved June 17, 2024.
  6. ^ Manila and Suburbs, (Japanese Airfields) Philippines (Map). July 25, 1944. Retrieved June 17, 2024.
  7. ^ "All set for Quezon Avenue clearway". Philippine Star. August 14, 2003. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  8. ^ Brizuela, Maricar (August 11, 2014). "MMDA reactivates traffic signals along Quezon Ave. to replace U-turn slots". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved October 28, 2023.
  9. ^ Kwok, Abigail (June 20, 2011). "Underpass construction on Quezon, Araneta Avenues start". Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  10. ^ "P452-M Quezon-Araneta underpass opens today". September 28, 2012. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  11. ^ Melican, Nathaniel (February 14, 2012). "MMDA sees safer EDSA with motorcycle lanes". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  12. ^ "DMCI Homes buys Delta building in QC". The Standard. Retrieved December 18, 2015.

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