By Anna Liza Villas-Alavaren
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) advised motorists to avoid Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (Edsa) and other roads that would be affected by night-time convoy dry run on November 8 in preparation for the Association of Southeast Asians Nations (Asean) summit this month.
Emmanuel Miro, head of the MMDA’s Task for Asean, said possible traffic disruption may be experienced by motorists along Asean routes on the wee hours of November 8, from 1 am to 4 am.
“It will be the sixth and final convoy dry run. This time, the convoy practice will simulate night-time scenario,” said Miro.
He said a modified stop and go scheme along the convoy route would be implemented from Diosdado Macapagal International Airport at Clark Freeport in Pampanga to Metro Manila roads in the southern parts of the metropolis.
“We will clear the affected routes so we advise motorists plying Edsa to use the C5 Road and the Mabuhay lanes,” said Miro.
Miro said the last dry run is necessary not just to harmonize traffic plans for the Asean delegates’ swift travel going to their hotels and venue in Pasay City but to try the new vehicles and equipment to be used during the actual summit.
“On Wednesday, motorists may expect heavy traffic in Cubao area-southbound area,” said Miro.
He said they will line up orange barriers along Edsa from Balintawak to Magallanes to delineate two inner lanes for the convoy run.
“During the actual run, Edsa will be cleared at certain periods to give way for vehicles carrying foreign leaders and delegates,” said Miro.
He advised truckers to avoid the same routes because they will be temporarily stopped to give way to the convoy.
Based on their assessment, many are still unaware of the dry run which is part of their preparation for the upcoming 31st Asean Summit and Related Meetings and Special Celebration of ASEAN@50 with leaders scheduled on November 10 at Clark in Pampanga, Miro said.
Meanwhile, Jojo Garcia, MMDA assistant general manager for operations, said the agency has yet to think over whether to suspend the number coding scheme on November 13 to 15, which were proclaimed special non-working days in the National Capital Region and the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga.
“We have yet to assess the circumstances whether to implement the number coding scheme during the summit,” said Garcia.
Several convoy dry runs have been conducted as part of the preparations aimed to test various scenarios, light conditions, and intervals on routes during daytime.
The MMDA official said the three-day suspension of work for private, government offices and classes would help them in managing traffic during the summit.
The Metro Manila mayors also suspended classes at all levels in Metro Manila for private and public schools on November 16 and 17.
The affected routes for the ASEAN are: Clark Complex in Pampanga; along SXTEX from Clark to NLEX; along NLEX from (SCTEX to Balintawak); along Edsa from Balintawak to Magallanes; along Diokno from Entertainment City to Buendia; along Ayala Avenue from Edsa to Makati Avenue; along Makati Avenue (Ayala to Pasay Road); along Pasay Road from Edsa to Amorsolo; along Lawton from 5th Avenue to 30th Avenue; and along McKinley Road from Edsa to 15th Avenue.