MANILA - Motorists could face heavy traffic in parts of EDSA and the North Luzon Expressway on Wednesday evening due to U2's first-ever Philippine concert and the closing rites of the Southeast Asian Games, the venues of which are both north of the capital, officials warned.
U2's concert, which will be held at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan from 6 to 9 p.m., is expected to draw 45,000 to 50,000 spectators, while the SEA Games' closing ceremony at New Clark City in Tarlac has an audience estimate of 20,000 from 7 to 11 p.m.
At least 114 SEA Games convoys and thousands of private vehicles will pass through EDSA and NLEX for the 2 events, said Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Spokesperson Celine Pialago.
This could cause heavy traffic in EDSA from 9 p.m. up to 1 a.m. Thursday. The MMDA deployed additional personnel to the Balintawak and Mindanao exits, and monitor the return of athletes to their hotels, she said.
Traffic on NLEX is expected to build up at the Bocaue toll plaza and the Balintawak Exit, and a special lane will be provided there for SEA Games delegates, said the expressway's traffic operations spokesperson Robin Ignacio.
Seven toll booths will also be added at the New Clark City Exit, he said.
Authorities on Thursday will escort some 5,000 SEA Games athletes to the airport for their flights back home, said the MMDA.
Report from Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News