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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 Center in Cubao. Line 2 runs over the road.

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Aurora Boulevard sign.svg

Aurora Boulevard
Calle Quezon
San Juan Road
Marikina–Ermita Avenue
Highway 55
The route of Aurora Boulevard in Metro Manila. Aurora Boulevard is highlighted in red.
Aurora Boulevard in Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
Route information
Component
highways
  • R-6 R-6
  • N59 (from Quezon City–Marikina boundary to EDSA)
  • N180 (from EDSA to Araneta Avenue)
Major junctions
West end N130 (Gregorio Araneta Avenue) / N180 (Magsaysay Boulevard)
 
East end N59 (Marikina–Infanta Highway) in Quezon CityMarikina boundary
Location
Major citiesQuezon City, San Juan
Highway system
Roads in the Philippines

Contents

HistoryEdit

 
Eastbound lane of Aurora Boulevard in northern San Juan
 
Westbound lane of Aurora Boulevard, at its intersection with Balete Drive in New Manila, Quezon City.

A road from Katipunan Avenue to EDSA (Epifanio de los Santos Avenue), called Calle Quezon, was built in 1900. The section from EDSA to Gilmore Avenue had been renamed San Juan Road or Highway 55. In 1910 the Boulevard was extended to Infanta, Quezon as the Marikina Infanta Highway. The portion from Gilmore to Dewey Boulevard, named Marikina-Ermita Avenue in 1955, was later reclaimed as Legarda Street, Recto Avenue and Magsaysay Boulevard.

The western terminus was extended to Gregorio Araneta Avenue and the highway was renamed Aurora Boulevard in 1963 to honor former First Lady Aurora Quezon, the assassinated consort of President Manuel Quezon. Magnolia Ice Cream House ice cream parlour and factory,[1] was located at the corner of Aurora boulevard and Hemady street (now occupied by Robinsons Magnolia).[2]

Route descriptionEdit

 
Cubao and Loyola Heights
 
EDSA and Aurora Boulevard Intersection

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

Aurora Boulevard starts as a physical extension of Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard past Araneta Avenue near the Manila-Quezon City boundary. It then enters San Juan and forms part of its northern boundaries. It then enters New Manila, Quezon City, crossing Ermitaño Creek near Broadway Centrum. It then intersects Gilmore Avenue, Balete Drive, and E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, before it comes to EDSA.

Past EDSA, it passes near Araneta Center in Cubao. The road continues eastward through barangays Silangan, Quirino 3-A and Duyan-Duyan, until it ends at Katipunan Avenue (C-5) near the Quezon City-Marikina boundary. Aurora Boulevard continues eastward to Cainta and Antipolo in Rizal as Marcos Highway.

IntersectionsEdit

ProvinceCity/Municipalitykm[3]miDestinationsNotes
Quezon City  N130 (Gregorio Araneta Avenue)Traffic light intersection. Continues westward to Santa Mesa as Magsaysay Boulevard
Quezon CitySan Juan boundaryLambingan Bridge over San Juan River
San JuanH. Lozada StreetTraffic light intersection.
J. Ruiz StreetUnsignaled intersection.
F. Santos Street.Eastbound only.
San JuanQuezon City boundaryErmitaño Bridge over Ermitaño Creek
Quezon CityBroadway Avenue / Valencia StreetTraffic light intersection. Access to Broadway Centrum.
  N184 (Gilmore Avenue)Traffic light intersection. Access to Greenhills Shopping Center and St. Paul University.
Doña Hemady StreetTraffic light intersection.
Robinsons Magnolia Access RoadEastbound only. Access to Robinsons Magnolia.
Balete DriveTraffic light intersection.
Seattle StreetTraffic light intersection.
Betty Go-Belmonte StreetUnsignaled intersection.
N. Domingo StreetEastbound only. Unsignaled intersection.
West end of E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue Interchange
Eulogio Rodriguez Sr. AvenueNo eastbound access.
East end of E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue Interchange
  N1 (EDSA)Traffic light intersection.
General Santos StreetEastbound only. Access to Araneta Center.
General Araneta Street / Annapolis StreetUnsignaled intersection. Access to Araneta Center.
General Aguinaldo Avenue / Imperial StreetTraffic light intersection. Access to Araneta Center.
Times Square Avenue / Cambridge StreetTraffic light intersection.
Oxford StreetWestbound only.
General Romulo Avenue / Yale StreetTraffic light intersection. General Romulo Avenue leads to Araneta Center.
Stanford StreetEastbound/westbound access only. Access from opposite directions via U-turn slots.
15th AvenueTraffic light intersection.
20th AvenueEastbound only. Traffic light intersection.
Ermin Garcia StreetWestbound only.
Anonas StreetWestbound only. Traffic light intersection.
F. Castillo StreetEastbound only. Traffic light intersection.
Supa Street / J.P. Rizal StreetTraffic light intersection. No traffic lights to and from Supa Street.
Emerald StreetEastbound only. Access to Villa Aurora.
  N11 (Carlos P. Garcia Avenue)Traffic light intersection. Continues eastward to Antipolo as Marikina–Infanta Highway
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Magnolia Heritage, Official website, Magnolia Ice Cream Archived 2012-06-10 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Official website - Robinsons Magnolia Archived 2012-09-16 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "North Manila". 2016 DPWH data. Department of Public Works and Highways. Retrieved August 13, 2017.

Coordinates: 14°37′11″N 121°2′45″E / 14.61972°N 121.04583°E / 14.61972; 121.04583