MMDA asks public to cooperate with traffic schemes for SEA Games

Robie de Guzman   •   November 22, 2019   •   536

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Friday called on the public to cooperate with all the traffic schemes to be implemented for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games which will be held from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 in various parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila.

Among the traffic schemes that the MMDA will enforce for SEA Games will be the traffic-and-go scheme along EDSA and other major thoroughfares in Metro Manila, billeting hotels, sporting venues and other areas of game engagements to allow convoys of delegates, sports officials, athletes, spectators and other guests to pass through.

In a statement, MMDA chairman Danilo Lim asked for the public’s cooperation to give way to the convoys.

“We are on track with our traffic preparations. We ask for motorists’ and commuters’ cooperation in giving way to the convoys of the athletes and delegates participating in the event our country is hosting,” Lim said.

The agency also earlier announced that no dedicated lanes will be assigned for the SEA Games delegates.

Convoy carrying delegates will use the yellow lane, flyover and underpasses while traveling along EDSA.

“Occasional traffic disruption and temporary stops are expected on roads and intersections where convoys would pass,” Lim said.

The MMDA said it will deploy 2,000 traffic personnel in key areas in the metropolis to help manage traffic flow with 122 to be deployed every 100 meters along EDSA.

“A no-day off, no absent policy will be enforced among assigned traffic enforcers from November 30 to December 11,” said Lim.

Days before the event, the MMDA said that arriving delegates will travel from the airport in Pasay City to their billeting hotels in cities of Manila, Pasig, Makati, Pasay, Mandaluyong and Quezon City in Metro Manila areas in Central and Southern Luzon; and from the airport to the regional venues in Clark, Subic, and Southern Luzon.

The SEA Games opening ceremonies will be held at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan on November 30, Saturday.

On this day, delegates are expected to travel from Metro Manila to Philippine Arena in the afternoon. Point-to-point buses have been designated to transport spectators and guests to the Philippine arena to avoid traffic congestion.

The MMDA and Manila District Traffic Enforcement Unit said the following roads will be closed from 12:01 am on Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.

• Along Adriatico – from Pres Quirino to P. Ocampo (both bound directions)

• Along P. Ocampo – from Taft Ave. to Adriatico (westbound direction only)

Authorities advised motorists to use the following alternate routes:

• All vehicles coming from Taft Ave going westbound lane of Pres. Quirino intending to left turn Adriatico St. shall go straight to Roxas Blvd or Mabini St. to point of destination.

• All vehicles coming from Taft Ave intended to use westbound lane of P. Ocampo shall use Menlo St. then Donada to destination.

• All vehicles coming from Roxas or FB Harrison utilizing eastbound lane of P. Ocampo intending to utilize Adriatico St. shall go straight to Taft Ave to point of destination.

• All vehicles coming from Roxas or FB Harrison utilizing eastbound lane of Pres. Quirino intending to utilize Adriatico St. shall go straight to Taft Ave to point of destination.

The MMDA also advised the public to expect delays on roads toward the sports and non-sports venues within Metro Manila: Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Cuneta Astrodome, SM Mall of Asia Arena, SM MOA Skating Rink, World Trade Center, Philippine International Convention Center Forum, SM Megamall, Filoil Flying V Centre, Filinvest City, University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman Gym, Marine Corps, Muntinlupa Sports Complex, Starmall EDSA, Makati Coliseum, Manila Hotel tent, SM Megamall Ice Rink, World Trade Center, Philsports Arena, Amoranto Sports Complex,  and Manila Polo Club.

The closing ceremonies of SEA Games will be held at the Athletics Stadium at New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac.

MMDA closes 14 U-turn slots on EDSA starting September 28

Marje Pelayo   •   September 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced the closure of 14 U-turn slots along EDSA beginning Monday (September 28).

The closure of U-turn slots will allow undisrupted operations of the EDSA Busway system between Monumento in Caloocan City and the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).

This will cause, however, a heavy flow of traffic particularly in designated alternative routes, said MMDA EDSA traffic czar Edison Nebrija.

The agency is asking for the understanding and patience of commuters and motorists who will be affected by the new policy.

Nebrija assured, however, that they will do their best to ease the situation in Metro Manila’s main thoroughfare.

Specifically, the 14 U-turn slots to be closed beginning today are:

  • General Tinio
  • De Jesus Street / 8th stret left turning
  • General Malvar
  • Balintawak Market
  • Kaingin Road (in front of Nissan)
  • Congressional LRT Station
  • In front of PANORAMA
  • Corregidor intersection/Bansalangin
  • In front of Quezon City Academy
  • North Avenue (MRT-North Avenue)
  • Santolan/Boni Serrano (in front of Camp Crame)
  • Buendia (under the Kalayaan Flyover)
  • P. Celle
  • In front of Heritage Hotel (near Roxas Boulevard)

Meanwhile, here are the alternative routes assigned by MMDA:

  • Monumento Circle
  • Balintawak Cloverleaf
  • Quezon Avenue (under the flyover)
  • Boni Serrano (under Santolan Flyover)
  • Guadalupe
  • EDSA-Ayala Avenue Intersection
  • Magallanes (under the flyover)
  • Mall of Asia (MOA) Circle

There is no schedule yet as to when the rest of the EDSA U-turn slots will be closed.

Ang problema kasi namin, we’re also dependent on the availability of barriers. When will it come and when will it be laid down there,” he said.

“Sa ngayon, there’s no fixed deadline on this but rather we’re working on a timeline na sana matapos namin ito before the year ends,” he said. MNP (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Mabigat na trapiko, asahan sa pagsasara ng ilang u-turn slot sa EDSA sa Lunes – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   September 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nagpa-alala ang Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) sa mga motorista planuhing maigi ang biyahe dahil sa inaasahang mabigat na trapiko bunsod ng pagsasara ng ilang u-turn slots sa Lunes.

Labing-apat na u-turn slots sa kahabaan ng EDSA ang isasara upang bigyang daan ang tuluy-tuloy na pagbiyahe ng mga pampasaherong bus sa EDSA Busway sa ruta mula Monumento sa Caloocan City at Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).

Una nang sinabi ng MMDA na unang isasara ang ikutan malapit sa MRT-3 North Avenue Station.

Ayon kay MMDA EDSA Traffic czar Bong Nebrija, hindi na sila maglalagay ng dagdag na mga tauhan para magmando ng trapiko bagaman inaasahan nila ang mabigat na daloy ng mga sasakyan sa Lunes lalo na sa bahagi ng Quezon Avenue.

“Well actually, hindi naman namin kailangang magdagdag ng tao, ‘no. So, we will use the available deployment that we have right now. Ang ano lang naman diyan ang ine-expect namin would be sa Quezon Avenue. Tututukan na lang ng operations team namin yan to assist the deployment on the ground,” ang pahayag ni Nebrija.

Pinapayuhan rin ang mga motorista na dumaan sa mga alternatibong ruta.

“Start looking for your best alternate route and practice it as much as possible para masigurado ninyo po na wala yung—hindi nakasarado yung nga inner roads na yan na balak ninyong daanan,” ang wika ni Nebrija.

Naniniwala rin ang opisyal na babalik sa normal ang lagay ng trapiko makalipas ang dalawang linggo.

Humihingi rin ang MMDA ng pang-unawa sa publiko para sa gagawing hakbang.

Wala pang takdang araw kung kailan isasara ang iba pang u-turn slots sa EDSA ngunit inaasahang ipatutupad ito kapag nakumpleto na ang paglalagay ng concrete barriers ng MMDA. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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U-turn slots sa EDSA, isasara simula Sept. 28 – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   September 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Isasara na simula sa Lunes, Setyembre 28 ang ilang U-turn slot sa kahabaan ng EDSA para maseguro ang tuluy-tuloy na biyahe ng mga pampasaherong bus sa EDSA Busway.

Ayon kay Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) EDSA Traffic czar Edison “Bong” Nebrija, unang isasara ang U-turn slot sa EDSA-North Avenue malapit sa MRT-3.

Kabilang din sa mga nakatakdang isara ang U-turn slots sa pagitan ng Monumento at Balintawak, at pinapayuhan ang mga motorista na mag-U-turn sa Balintawak Cloverleaf at Monumento Circle.

Para naman sa mga dumaan sa U-turn slots sa pagitan ng Balintawak at Quezon Avenue, kailangan nang umikot gamit ang Cloverleaf at U-turn slot sa ilalim ng EDSA-Quezon Avenue flyover.

Habang ang. mga dumadaan sa U-turn slots sa Santolan at sa Roxas Boulevard ay maaaring dumaan sa ilalim ng Santolan Flyover sa Boni Serrano, sa Guadalupe, sa EDSA-Ayala Avenue Intersection, sa ilalim ng Magallanes Flyover at sa MOA Circle.

Layunin ng pagsasara ng U-turn slots na bigyang-daan ang tuluy-tuloy na biyahe ng mga pampasaherong bus sa EDSA Busway mula Monumento sa Caloocan City hanggang Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).

Sinabi ni Nebrija na by-phase ang gagawin nilang pagpapatupad ng polisiya at wala pang petsa kung kailan isasara ang iba pang U-turn slots sa EDSA.

“Sa Lunes na yung sa MRT station. All the rest, titingnan pa namin kung kailan masasarado yung bus lane kasi maapektuhan lang naman yung U-turn once we close the busway with barricade. Eh ngayon, yan pa lang yung malalagyan namin ng mga barricade. So, yan lang muna yung masasarado,” ang wika ng opisyal.

Payo ng MMDA sa mga motorista, planuhing maigi ang biyahe at dumaan sa mga alternatibong ruta. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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