Aside from the advisory on which roads in the City of Manila to avoid during the 2017 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has issued a warning to motorists regarding EDSA a good week ahead of the event.
Avoid EDSA if possible says the MMDA as its two innermost lanes will be dedicated for world leaders and delegates of the ASEAN traversing Clark International Airport in Pampanga and summit venues in Manila and Pasay.
Orange plastic barriers are already situated along the median strip of EDSA from Magallanes to Balitawak just waiting to be installed to designate the ASEAN Lanes beginning November 11, 2017.
Motorists will not be allowed to cross into or use the ASEAN lanes except when the meetings are ongoing or there is tremendously heavy traffic in the area.
The MMDA will also implement a ‘stop-and-go’ traffic scheme along EDSA when world leaders and ASEAN Summit delegates are in transit.
“The entire stretch will be closed for 5 to 20 minutes to give way to the convoy that will pass through,” said Emmanuel Miro, head of operations of the MMDA Task Force ASEAN.
From November 11 to 13, the southbound ASEAN Lane will be closed to traffic while the northbound ASEAN Lane will be closed from November 13 to 15.
All vehicles are advised to use the Mabuhay Lanes or C-5 in order to avoid any inconvenience.
“The public may also spend their vacation outside Metro Manila to avoid the traffic congestion,” Miro added.
Trucks and closed vans will not be allowed to use SCTEX/NLEX from Clark to Balintawak and along EDSA from Balintawak to Magallanes from November 11 to 15.
3,480 MMDA personnel from the MMDA and more than 200 members of the Philippine National Police will be deployed all over Metro Manila to manage traffic and implement the ‘stop-and-go’ scheme from November 9 to 15.
While November 13-15 have been declared as special non-working holidays in the National Capital Region, the MMDA has yet to announced the lifting of the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or the number-coding scheme.
A final test run will be done on November 8 from 1AM to 4AM to ensure the seamless coordination and implementation of traffic management plans for attendees of the ASEAN Summit.