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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is holding a dry run of the expected traffic when the country hosts the 51st annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in May this year.

The MMDA thus advised motorists to avoid the Ortigas Central Business District on Monday (April 16) due to a convoy dry run.

The upcoming annual meeting will be held at the ADB headquarters in Mandaluyong City from May 3 to 6.

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Delegates from member-economies of the ADB are expected to attend the four-day event.

In preparation, the Department of Finance organized a convoy dry run that will simulate four different scenarios on Monday. The convoy of vehicles will pass through certain major roads and streets from 7 a.m. up to 12 noon.

No roads in Metro Manila will be closed for the convoy dry run. However, motorists may expect disruptions in the flow of traffic along the affected routes.

The first scenario would be the vehicles of the delegates coming from the ADB headquarters to Edsa Shangri-La via Bank Drive at 8:30 a.m.

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The affected route is Bank Drive to Saint Francis Street.

In the second scenario, the delegates would be traveling from Edsa Shangri-La to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 1 to stimulate a departure scenario at 9:15 a.m.

The affected routes are Edsa Shangri-La to Saint Francis Street, Shaw Boulevard, Edsa, South Luzon Expressway, Skyway, Naia Expressway and Imelda Avenue.

The third scenarion involves travel from Naia Terminal 1 to Joy-Nostalg Hotel at 10:30 a.m.  The affected routes are Imelda Avenue to Naia Road, Naia Expressway, Skyway, Slex, Edsa and Guadix ABD Avenue.

The fourth scenario involves the entrance to the main driveway of the ADB at 11:30 a.m.

The bussing and debussing area at the ADB Main Driveway, Guadix Drive, from Edsa to ADB Drive, will become one-way before the convoy’s arrival. Stop-and-go schemes would be implemented on the routes of the convoy.

The MMDA warned that possible checkpoints for the dry run are the following areas:  Magallanes Interchange, Ayala Underpass (Northbound and Southbound), Guadalupe MRT Northbound, Shaw Boulevard corner Edsa, Shaw Boulevard Service Road Northbound Shaw Underpass ( Northbound and Southbound) Guadix Drive, ADB Avenue, ADB headquarters, Bank Drive corner Julia Vargas, Saint Francis corner Julia Vargas.

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