Traffic builds up as vacationers return to Manila

Posted at 04/20/14 4:32 PM

MANILA -- With thousands of vacationers making their way back to Metro Manila after the Holy Week, heavy traffic have started to build up on the Northern and Southern Luzon expressways on Easter Sunday.

As of 7:22 p.m., the NLEX traffic control center was still reporting heavy traffic along the southbound lane of NLEX, starting from the Dau toll plaza where 15-18 vehicles are occupying all lanes.

Authorities also reported traffic build-up near San Simon exit because of a minor accident, and at the Bocaue toll plaza where up to 20 vehicles are occupying its lanes.

Heavy traffic on NLEX started as early as noon and is expected to worsen as Holy Week travelers continue to return Metro Manila.

Meanwhile, the SLEX also reported traffic build-up in its northbound lanes, particularly at the Ayala and Calamba toll plazas where vehicles have started to pileup.

SLEX TRAFFIC UPDATE as of 1931H Alabang to Sto. Tomas NB/SB mainline (L),Calamba TP NB 500mtrs queuing,Ayala TP NB 160mtrs queuing of vehs

— SLEX - MaTES (@OfficialSLEX) April 20, 2014

Motorists are also warned of possible heavy traffic along EDSA after the Department of Public Work and Highways (DPWH) said road repairs may push through until Monday.

"As agreed during our meeting with the MMDA, dapat magsa-start kami Tuesday. Unfortunately, 'di naman nangyari, so nakapag-start kami Wednesday, meaning delayed kami ng isang araw diyan," Engineer Rey Tagudando, district director of DPWH in the National Capital Region, explained.

Authorities advised motorists returning to Manila to take alternate routes.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) said out of the more than 142,000 ferry passengers who went to their provinces during the Holy Week, around 100,000 have already returned to the ports going home.

In Batangas port alone, almost 90,000 vacationers have flocked to the port in Easter Sunday.

The PPA said the number is still expected to rise before the day ends.--with reports from Henry Atuelan, DZMM; Paul Hernandez, ABS-CBN News Southern Tagalog