As the dates for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit gets closer, more preparations are being done in order to ensure the smooth flow of traffic for some 21 world leaders who will be participating in the four-day event from November 17 to 20.

Aside from reserving four lanes on EDSA (two each way) from Shaw Boulevard all the way to the Mall of Asia and closing down the stretch of Roxas Boulevard from Manila Hotel to Airport Road exclusively for APEC delegates, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will also be implementing a modified truck ban for four days, between 6AM to 10PM.

“This will assure the efficient mobility of the APEC delegates in our major thoroughfares, especially in Manila, Pasay and Makati areas where the summit’s major events will take place,” said MMDA OIC Emerson Carlos.

Trucks will not be allowed to use affected roads for the duration of the ban (6am to 10pm) but were given an alternative route:

From Port of Manila straight to R10, right at C3 Road, left at A. Bonifacio Ave., take a right, turning to the flyover towards Quirino Highway, right at Mindanao Avenue, left at Congressional Avenue, right at Luzon Avenue straight to Katipunan/C5 to SLEX and vice versa.

Regular truck ban hours, 6AM to 10AM and 5PM to 10PM, will be reinstated right after the APEC summit.