No special lanes for convoy of SEA Games delegates – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   November 28, 2019   •   404

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority on Thursday reiterated it will not designate special lanes for the convoy of delegates for the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games being hosted in the country.

MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago said convoys of SEA Games’ delegates will be escorted by Highway Patrol Group (HPG) units to ensure smooth travel to their billeting hotels, sporting venues and other areas of game engagements.

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

The MMDA earlier conducted a simulation for the stop-and-go scheme it will implement for the conduct of the SEA Games from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.

“May escorts naman po ito ng mga HPG at kaya nga tayo nagkaroon ng simulation para matiyak natin anong oras ba dapat umalis yung ating mga bisita at atleta sa kanilang mga billeting hotels para makarating po on time sa philippine arena,so hindi na natin nakikita importansya ng pagkakaroon pa ng isang lane para lang po sa SEA Games,” Pialago said.

The agency earlier announced that the stop-and-go scheme will be implemented on both bounds of EDSA and northbound of South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).

“Whenever vehicles of delegates pass by these roads, all traffic will be stopped. Traffic will resume once delegates have gone through,” the MMDA said.

Road closures along Adriatico and P. Ocampo streets will also be enforced for the SEA Games starting 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 30.

The agency advised motorists to use alternate routes to avoid heavy traffic expected in the said areas as well as in North Luzon Expressway, Roxas Boulevard, Lawton, Taft Avenue, Mindanao Avenue and other major thoroughfares in Metro Manila.

“Gaano ka-bad yung traffic? Wala ngang SEA GAMES mabigat na yung traffic 20 percent ang nadadagdag sa bilang ng mga sasakyan na dumadaan sa EDSA and the rest of Metro Manila, so magkakaroon po tayo ng stop-and-go scheme but then again we would like to assure the public that this would be less inconvenient para sa kanila,” Pialago said.

In anticipation of heavier traffic during SEA Games events, some schools in Metro Manila and nearby provinces have suspended classes from Dec. 2 to Dec. 7. Shopping malls also cancelled weekend sale.

The MMDA also urged spectators of the SEA Games not to bring vehicles and instead take the point-to-point buses which will be deployed in Metro Manila and other areas. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

MMDA to implement traffic adjustments in Alabang, EDSA Balintawak starting Feb. 14

Robie de Guzman   •   February 14, 2020

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.

Sevilla Bridge in Mandaluyong closed to traffic on February 8

Robie de Guzman   •   February 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Sevilla Bridge in Mandaluyong will be closed to vehicular traffic at 10 p.m. on Saturday, February 8, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced Friday.

In an advisory, the MMDA said this is to give way to the movement of the equipment, including barges and cranes, downstream by the contractor for the Skyway Stage 3 project.

The agency advised affected motorists to expect traffic slow down and to take alternate routes.

The bridge, which connects the cities of Mandaluyong and San Juan, will reopen on Sunday, February 9 at 5 a.m.

‘Take alternate routes’: MMDA starts 10-month routine road repairs

Marje Pelayo   •   January 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Wednesday advised motorists to take alternate roads during routine repair works which will run for 10 months.

According to the agency’s released schedule. road re-blocking will be implemented in various cities in Metro Manila starting 11 p.m. of January 29 to January 31.

Details are as follows:

A. Location: Along C5, Ortigas flyover

Nature of Work: Proposed Rehabilitation / Major Repair of C5 Ortigas Flyover

Duration: 11pm to 5am on weekdays of January 31, 2020 – July 28, 2020 (180 days) *except weekends and holidays

B. Location: Along EDSA North Bound, near corner Taft Ave., Pasay City

Nature of Work: Proposed Temporary use of one (1) lane for Deliveries of Material/Concrete Pouring

Duration: 11pm to 5am of January 29, 2020 – February 4, 2020 (7 days)

C. Location: Along EDSA South Bound infront of AMA Towers Residences Building Mandaluyong City

Nature of Work: Proposed Removal / Dismantling of Existing Steel Safety Canopy (Wire Mesh)

Duration: 11pm to 5am of January 29, 2020 – February 4, 2020 (7 Days)

D. Location: Oroquieta Street C164.50 to C439.80 (SO2422LZ) Sampaloc Manila

Nature of Work: Proposed Rehabilitation of Oroquieta Street including drainage

Duration: reblocking shall commence at 11pm on all Fridays of January 31, 2020 – October 26, 2020 (270 days) and shall be opened to traffic by 5am on Mondays

E. Location: R. Magsaysay Blvd. and R. Magsaysay Service Road (C 712.00 to 1097.00 and C783.00 to 1077)

Nature of Work: Proposed Rehabilitation of R. Magsaysay Blvd. and R. Magsaysay Service Road including drainage system

Duration: reblocking shall commence at 11pm on all Fridays of January 29, 2020 – June 26, 2020 (150 days) and shall be opened to traffic by 5am on Mondays

“Motorists are advised to take alternate routes instead,” the MMDA advised the public.

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