ROAD ADVISORY | Truck ban on SCTEX, NLEX from Nov. 12-15 for ASEAN Summit

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The North Luzon Expressway, aerial file photo. FROM MNTC.COM

MANILA – All trucks and closed vans will be prohibited from passing through the Subic–Clark–Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) from Clark to Balintawak from November 12 to 15, 2017, to ensure smooth flow of traffic for ASEAN delegates during the 31st ASEAN Summit.

This announcement was made by the ASEAN Committee on Security, Peace and Order, and Emergency Preparedness and Response (CSPOEPR), which is composed of 21 member agencies and leads the security preparations for the summit.

Aside from SCTEX and NLEX, all heavy-duty vehicles are also barred from traversing EDSA from Balintawak to Magallanes during the same period, according to the chair of the CSPOEPR, Interior and Local Government Officer-in-Charge Catalino S. Cuy.

Cuy said that from November 11 to 15, motorists should expect intermittent traffic stops in the following designated ASEAN lanes in the Makati area:

• Arnaiz Avenue
• Makati Avenue
• Parkway Drive
• along Edsa in the Makati area

During the same period, rerouting will also be implemented along Sen. Jose W. Diokno Boulevard, Jalandoni, V. Sotto, Bukaneg, and A. Dela Rama in Pasay City, while occasional traffic disruptions will be experienced along EDSA, Pasay Road, and Makati Avenue in Makati City. The same is also expected along EDSA in Pasay, Makati, Mandaluyong, and Quezon City.

Meanwhile, Cuy advised the public that the whole CCP Complex is closed-off for the same dates as it has been designated as an ASEAN Delegates Zone.

“We urge the public to veer away from the said areas and take alternate routes to avoid being inconvenienced by the heavy traffic while the ASEAN Summit is ongoing,” he says.

The truck ban and rerouting scheme are part of the security preparations being carried out by the ASEAN CSPOEPR for a safe and peaceful ASEAN Summit, officials said.