Mel Lopez Boulevard
Mel Lopez Boulevard, formerly known as Marcos Road, is a 6.2-kilometre (3.9 mi), six-to-ten lane divided highway in northern Manila, Philippines connecting Bonifacio Drive in Port Area with Radial Road 10 (R10) in Navotas in the north. The highway is the main component of the R-10 network and is an extension of Bonifacio Drive and Roxas Boulevard (Radial Road 1 or R-1) north of the Pasig River running north-south through the Manila North Port area serving the coastal Tondo and Navotas communities.
Radial Road 10
The boulevard near Smokey Mountain
|Length||6.2 km (3.9 mi)|
|North end||Radial Road 10 in Navotas|
|South end||Andres Soriano Avenue and Bonifacio Drive in Port Area|
|Roads in the Philippines
Radial Road 10 was built on reclaimed land called Tondo Foreshoreland, reclaimed in the 1950s as part of a government plan to expand and improve port facilities in Manila. It soon became the resettlement site of thousands of urban poor families that turned the area into what was once Southeast Asia's largest squatter colony. The road itself was constructed between 1976 and 1979 as part of the Manila Urban Development Project of the Marcos administration, and was initially named Marcos Road.
In January 2017, a bill was filed by Buhay Party-List Representative and former Manila mayor Lito Atienza in the Philippine House of Representatives changing the name of this portion of Radial Road 10 to Mayor Gemiliano Lopez Boulevard in honor of the late Manila mayor Mel Lopez. In April 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11280 officially renaming the highway to Mel Lopez Boulevard.
Mel Lopez Boulevard originates at Anda Circle at the intersection of Andres Sorianp Avenue as a continuation of Bonifacio Drive (formerly Malecon Drive) in Port Area. It crosses the Pasig River via Roxas Bridge and comes into an intersection with Recto Avenue in San Nicolas district. The boulevard then heads northwest toward Pier 4 of the Manila North Harbor before bending north into the Moriones and Don Bosco villages of Tondo. The road passes east of the entire Manila North Port terminal complex and leaves Barrio Magsaysay for Barrio Vitas past Capulong Street. Continuing north, it soon crosses over the Estero de Vitas (Vitas Creek) and enters the Balut area of Tondo where the old dumpsite of Smokey Mountain is located. The boulevard terminates at the Estero de Marala (Estero de Sunog Apog) bridge.
North of the estero, Mel Lopez Boulevard extends into the reclaimed fish port complex of Navotas running parallel to North Bay Boulevard as Radial Road 10. R10 terminates at Bangkulasi Bridge over the Bangkulasi Channel before the road turns east as Circumferential Road 4 (C-4) which heads to Malabon and South Caloocan.
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- "House Bill No. 4737" (PDF). House of Representatives of the Philippines. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
- "Road in Manila renamed to honor late sportsman and politician Mel Lopez". BusinessWorld. 20 May 2019. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
- "Republic Act No. 11280". Official Gazette (Philippines). Retrieved 31 July 2019.
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