The Tollways Management Corporation (TMC), the operators of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), has taken extra measures to help motorists using the NLEX during the weekend of the Iglesia Ni Cristo centennial celebration.
Attendees are expected to begin arriving as early as the evening July 26. It is expected that even though the main event is on July 27, the high vehicular flow will continue until Monday, July 28.
Additional toll personnel will be deployed in the affected plazas while extra traffic management and security personnel will be deployed at strategic areas including the Philippine Arena compound and at the interchanges critical to the event.
Attendess coming from both ends of the NLEX will find additional designated U-turn slots. From the north going to the Philippine Arena, there will be a U-turn slot at the Smart Connect Interchange (Mindanao Avenue Link Interchange). Those leaving the Philipine Arena and are Manila-bound can turn at the designated U-turn slots just after the Toll Plaza exits of Tabang or Balagtas.
Parking is strictly prohibited along NLEX and will only be allowed on the local roads near the Philippine Arena. The northbound lanes along Meycauayan to Bocaue will be critical and will be tow-away zones during the event.
The NLEX management will be closely coordinating with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to ensure the smooth flow of traffic during the event.
Road works in NLEX have been suspended since July 16 in preparation for the event unless a safety-related repair is required. Road works and maintenance will resume on August 4, 2014.