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The Marikina–Infanta Highway, also known as the Marcos Highway or MARILAQUE Highway (MARILAQUE stands for Manila-Rizal-Laguna-Quezon), is a scenic mountain 110-kilometer highway that connects Metro Manila with Infanta, Quezon in the Philippines.

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Marikina–Infanta Highway
Marcos Highway
MARILAQUE Highway
View of the eastbound Infanta Highway near Calumpang in Marikina
Route information
Length110.0 km (68.4 mi)
Component
highways
  • R-6 R-6
  • N59 (from Quezon City-Marikina boundary to Masinag Junction)
Major junctions
West end N59 (Aurora Boulevard) / N11 (Katipunan Avenue) at Marikina
  N59 (Sumulong Highway) at Masinag (Mayamot), Antipolo
East end N601 (Famy–Real–Infanta Road) at Infanta, Quezon
Location
ProvincesMetro Manila, Rizal, Laguna, Quezon
Major citiesPasig, Marikina, Antipolo
TownsCainta, Tanay, Santa Maria, Infanta
Highway system
Roads in the Philippines

The highway starts in Marikina near Katipunan Avenue, the Loyola Heights segment of Circumferential Road 5, in Quezon City. It traverses the Marikina Valley and passes through Antipolo, where it intersects the Sumulong Highway (at Masinag). After Masinag the road starts its ascent towards the Sierra Madre passing through Tanay, Rizal, Santa Maria, Laguna, finally to Infanta, Quezon.

Route descriptionEdit

Greater Manila Area Segment (Until Masinag Junction)Edit

Marikina—Infanta Highway starts as a physical continuation of Aurora Boulevard under Katipunan Flyover. The highway slightly curves at the intersection with Andres Bonifacio Avenue connecting the Marikina city proper, then crosses the Marikina River. The Diosdado B. Macapagal Bridge that connects with C-5 merges in front of SM City Marikina. The Manila Line 2 and the Cainta - Marikina subtransmission line of Meralco parallel the highway. The highway makes another slight curve at the approach to Cainta. It soon runs over the Cainta-Marikina boundary, and then goes straight towards the Cainta-Antipolo boundary towards the Masinag Junction with Sumulong Highway wherein it continues on to Cogeo towards the rest of the Rizal Province.

This section, commonly called Marcos Highway, is a divided road featuring U-turn slots, and bike lanes. Several establishments, like the Riverbanks Center, SM City Marikina, Ayala Malls Feliz, Robinsons Metro East, Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, and SM City Masinag are primary landmarks accessible through the road. Meralco subtransmission lines line the Cainta-Masinag segment of the highway.

Rizal-Laguna-Quezon SegmentEdit

This stretch of the highway is a standard 2-6 lane road divided by lane markings typical of national highways located in the provinces. Road size varies depending on the density of the location as well as the engineering district wherein numerous road widening may occur as determined by the DPWH. The road ends and merges with Famy–Real–Infanta Road (Route 601).

Route numbersEdit

Since 2014 with the implementation of the new route numbering system by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), it is the component of National Route 59 (N59) of the Philippine highway network in the Greater Manila Area. From Rizal to Quezon, the road remains unnumbered and identified as a tertiary national road.

HistoryEdit

Marikina—Infanta Road existed far back to the American colonial era as Highway 55 and Manila-Infanta Highway, which included present-day Recto Avenue, Legarda Street, Magsaysay Boulevard and Aurora Boulevard.[citation needed]

IntersectionsEdit

ProvinceCity/Municipalitykm[1]miDestinationsNotes
Marikina  N11 (C.P. Garcia Avenue)Traffic light intersection. Continues westward to Quezon City as Aurora Boulevard
A. Bonifacio AvenueEastbound ramp, and westbound at-grade intersection. Access to Marikina-Infanta Highway eastbound via U-turn slot.
FVR Road / Riverbanks AvenueModified segregated interchange.
Marikina RiverMarcos Bridge
MarikinaSM City Marikina Access RoadWestbound access only. Access to SM City Marikina
Diosdado Macapagal Bridge / Fernando AvenueDiosdado Macapagal Bridge - Fernando Avenue Interchange. Towards FVR Road and Fernando Avenue.
MarikinaPasig boundary
PasigEulogio Amang Rodriguez Avenue / J.P. Rizal StreetEastbound/westbound access only. Access from opposite direction via U-turn slot.
PasigMarikina boundaryNicanor Roxas Street / Emerald Drive / F. Mariano AvenueEastbound/westbound access only. Access from opposite direction via U-turn slot.
PasigRobinsons Metro East Access RoadEastbound access only. Access to Robinsons Metro East.
Metro ManilaRizal boundaryPasigCainta boundary
RizalCaintaSta. Lucia East Access RoadEastbound access only. Access to Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall.
Metro ManilaRizal boundaryMarikinaCainta boundaryFelix Avenue / Gil Fernando AvenueAccess from opposite directions via U-turn slot. Former traffic light intersection.
RizalCaintaAntipolo boundary
AntipoloGolden Meadows AvenueEastbound access only.
SM City Masinag Access RoadWestbound access only. Access to SM City Masinag
  N59 (Sumulong Highway)Traffic light intersection. Also known as Masinag Junction
QuezonInfanta  N601 (Real–Infanta Road)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "North Manila". 2016 DPWH data. Department of Public Works and Highways. Retrieved August 13, 2017.

Coordinates: 14°36′49″N 121°20′8″E / 14.61361°N 121.33556°E / 14.61361; 121.33556