MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Thursday afternoon held a dry run of the stop-and-go scheme along major roads in Metro Manila for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
The MMDA conducted the traffic simulation exercise along EDSA, Quezon Avenue, Roxas Boulevard, España Boulevard, Roxas Boulevard, Gil Puyat Avenue, Macapagal Boulevard and North Luzon Expressway from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The agency earlier said that the stop-and-go scheme aims to facilitate the fast movement of delegates and convoys of vehicles to and from venues of sporting events.
The MMDA said there is no designated or special lane for the convoy, but the yellow lane along EDSA will be made available for SEA Games delegates when they pass through major thoroughfares.
According to MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago, the dry run went well except for some private vehicles that tried to ply the yellow lane during the simulation.
“So, naging problema po natin dito, y’ong mga private vehicles na nakikipagsiksikan din ho sa yellow lane which is nauna na ho nating naging advisory na ang yellow lane po ay ima-maximize para ho sa ating mga convoys,” she said.
This year’s SEA Games will open on November 30 in Bulacan and will close in the New Clark City in Tarlac on December 11.
Around 12,000 athletes and their coaches, 1,000 international media members, 15,000 volunteers, and spectators, among others are expected to participate and watch the games.
It features 56 sports and 530 events in 44 venues. Although these events will be conducted in various parts of Luzon, a bulk of these tournaments will be held in Metro Manila.
Most of the delegates are expected to be billeted in 22 hotels around the metropolis.
Pialago warned motorists to expect delays in traffic in some of the main thoroughfares in Metro Manila during the event.
She also assured that additional traffic law enforcers will be deployed to man chokepoints in Metro Manila.
The agency earlier recommended the suspension of classes in some schools and universities around the venues of sporting events in Metro Manila.
The De La Salle University in Manila and La Salle Benilde have earlier announced the suspension of classes and work from December 2 to 7 in line with the SEA Games while other schools have yet to make any announcement. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)
MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will implement traffic adjustments and traffic rerouting starting February 14, Friday in areas along Alabang in Muntinlupa City and Balintawak in Quezon City to give way to the ongoing construction of Skyway Extension and Skyway Stage 3 projects.
In an advisory, the MMDA said that beginning 11 p.m. Friday, one lane closure will be implemented on EDSA Balintawak Northbound towards North Luzon Expressway to give way to the erection of vertical bridge support under the EDSA Bridge as part of the Skyway Stage 3 project.
Light vehicles going to NLEX and Monumento are advised take the Balintawak Interchange ramp going to Cubao and take the U-turn slot after Cloverleaf Market going to NLEX.
Meanwhile, two lanes will be closed on EDSA Balintawak going to Cubao on Sunday, February 16 for the erection of interconnection flatform tower on top of EDSA Bridge.
Light vehicles coming from Monumento via EDSA before reaching Balintawak may turn right to A. de Jesus St. then left to C3 to destination.
The MMDA said the lane closures will be until March 5.
The agency also announced that starting 6 a.m. of February 16, one-way traffic scheme for southbound vehicles will be implemented in West Service Road of South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) from Alabang Hills to Alabang Zapote Road to give way to the construction of Skyway Extension from Hillsborough to Filinvest Exit.
Skyway-Hillsborough off-ramp will be closed to traffic, and Class 2 vehicles such as buses and delivery vans from Magallanes to Alabang are not allowed along the elevated Skyway.
One-way traffic will also be implemented on Northbound lane of Alabang temporary Steel Ramp from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., daily.
The MMDA said the same traffic scheme will also be implemented along Skyway from Sucat Interchange to Alabang-Zapote Road and on Southbound lane of Alabang temporary Steel Ramp daily from 9 a.m. to 5 a.m. of the following day.
The agency said the construction will last for three months.
Affected vehicles northbound are advised to take the Alabang via-duct at grade level.
Further, girders will also be launched along A. Bonifacio where one lane going to NLEX will remain passable and two lanes for those going to Manila for eight nights from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on February 22 to 29.
Motorists are advised to take the following alternate routes:
1. Light vehicles going to NLEX and Monumento may take the Balintawak Interchange ramp going to Cubao and take the U-turn slot after Cloverleaf Market going to NLEX.
2. Light vehicles going to Novaliches and NLEX may take zipper lane at the left immediately before the construction site towards destination.
3. Light vehicles from NLEX (going to Manila/Caloocan) may take the Balintawak Interchange Ramp going to Monumento via EDSA then left to A. De Jesus St. then left to C3 to destination.
The MMDA said the construction will last for 21 days or until March 5.
The Skyway Stage 3 is a 14.8-kilometer elevated tollway project which connects Skyway/SLEX Buendia to NLEX Balintawak while the Skyway Extension project extends the existing toll road to Susana Heights/Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway.
Both the Skyway Stage 3 and Skyway Extension Projects are part of the government’s “Build, Build, Build” program.
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