Motorists warned: Expect heavy traffic during SEA Games practice Thursday
Traffic on EDSA and other major roads will be heavier than usual on Thursday as authorities test a plan for ferrying Southeast Asian Games delegates to and from hotels and competition venues, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said.
Traffic will be temporarily stopped as convoys pass along EDSA, Roxas Boulevard and España Boulevards, Quezon Avenue, Coastal Road, Centennial Drive and the North Luzon and Cavite Expressways, said MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago.
The simulation will also cover Taft Avenue, Magallanes and Macapagal Boulevards, Quirino Avenue, Mindanao Avenue, North Avenue, and the South and North Luzon expressway, according to a previous MMDA announcement.
The "stop-and-go" traffic scheme for the SEA Games will be tested from 1 to 4 p.m. and at 6 p.m. onward, said Pialago.
"'Pag wala nga po tayong simulation, talagang mabigat ang daloy ng trapiko so ngayon pong magkakaroon tayo ng simulation, talagang madagdagan iyong delay ng ating mga motorista," she told radio DZMM.
(Without the simulation, traffic is already heavy. Now that we will conduct a simulation the delay experienced by our motorists will increase.)
The SEA Games opening ceremonies will be held at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan, north of the capital, on Nov. 30.
However, several other events like elimination rounds and a sendoff of athletes will be held starting Nov. 23 at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila.
This is the fourth time the Philippines will host the regional event.
DZMM, November 14, 2019