There will be no truck ban along the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) during opening ceremonies for the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games on November 30, according to NLEX Corporation.
The toll road operator said NLEX traffic management teams are ready to assist in traffic rerouting for those affected by the truck ban to be imposed in the Bulacan municipalities of Bocaue, Marilao, and Sta. Maria from November 29 to 30.
The Philippines is hosting the biennial regional multi-sports events in various venues in Luzon from November 29 to December 11.
NLEX said it will deploy close to 100 additional field supervisors, patrol crews, traffic marshals, and security officers in key NLEX and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) areas to manage the traffic and assist delegates and motorists alike.
These areas include Balintawak Cloverleaf NLEX entry, Ciudad de Victoria (Philippine Arena), Bocaue Interchange, and the major toll plazas in Balintawak, Bocaue, Clark South, Clark North, the new Bamban Interchange, San Miguel (Hacienda Luisita), and Tipo (Subic Freeport Expressway).
For the November 30 opening ceremonies, a stop-and-go scheme will be implemented at EDSA Balintawak Cloverleaf and NLEX Balintawak Toll Plaza to prioritize official SEA Games vehicle convoys.
To facilitate northbound entry, two toll lanes at Balintawak Toll Plaza will be assigned for the SEA Games convoys bound for the Philippine Arena.
For the return trip to Manila after the opening event, two toll lanes at NLEX Bocaue Toll Plaza will be assigned exclusively for the official convoys.
A tow truck will be fielded near the Philippine Arena to immediately tow away stalled vehicles, and emergency response teams will be on standby in Bocaue to implement traffic counterflow as needed.
For close traffic and security visual monitoring, a CCTV mobile traffic control station will be set up at the Philippine Arena during the event.
Construction along the mainline road at the NLEX-SCTEX will be suspended unless safety repairs are necessary.
For the duration of the SEA Games from December 1 to 11, patrol crews and emergency response teams will remain on heightened alert for all the 30 sporting events that will be held in Clark, Tarlac, and Subic. Official SEA Games vehicles and convoys will be directed to their assigned toll lanes in Clark South, Clark North, Bamban, San Miguel (Hacienda Luisita), and Tipo toll plazas.