Motorists give tips on beating NLEX traffic

Posted at 09/05/14 6:36 PM

MANILA - Motorists who are affected by the massive traffic jam affecting the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) gave tips to those who are planning to head south.

Some motorists advise others to work from home and avoid leaving their houses, especially if they do not have important errands to attend to.

Motorists were also advised to look for alternative routes to avoid the traffic jam.

Those who were obviously frustrated with their current situation advised others either to transfer to a new house, or avoid going home.

The new one-truck lane policy of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is being blamed for the traffic jam.

A post on the official Twitter page of NLEx said traffic was heavy on A. Bonifacio Avenue because one lane of the connecting C-3 Road and Road 10 is being used by trucks.

MMDA, on the other hand, said the heavy traffic is due to efforts to decongest Manila's ports.

''Traffic along C3 and A.Bonifacio going to NLEX due to the volume of thousands of trucks coming from the Philippine Ports Authority compound 24/7. This is based on the current cramming move of PPA to decongest the port of manila. This will last until Sept. 21,2014,'' the MMDA said.

MMDA also clarified that the one-truck lane policy is not implemented in NLEx and A. Bonifacio.

As of 4 p.m. Friday, the traffic jam in NLEx has reached nine kilometers, with its tail-end at Meycauayan, Bulacan.