If you're planning to drive to Makati today, specifically within the central business district or Ayala Center, bring lots of food and water as you'll undoubtedly be stuck in traffic as the city's local government has closed off the Ayala and Makati Avenue intersection in preparation for its traditional Makati City New Year's Eve Countdown.
Starting midnight of December 29 until January 1, 2012, both directions of Ayala Avenue from Paseo de Roxas to Parkway Drive and Makati Avenue from Parkway Drive to Paseo de Roxas will be closed to vehicular traffic as the location will be used to mount the celebration.
As such, all passenger buses from EDSA that normally take Ayala Avenue are advised to turn right at Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue to go towards the South Superhighway or Pasay City and vice versa.
Light vehicles from the north or south of EDSA and McKinley Road going toward Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue or Legaspi Village, on the other hand, are advised to take Arnaiz Avenue and turn right at Paseo de Roxas to reach their destination and vice-versa while those going toward Salcedo Village may take Ayala Avenue, turn right at Apartment Ridge, left at Sta. Potenciana Street and another left at Paseo de Roxas to their destination.
Motorists along Makati Avenue and going toward the Ayala Center or EDSA shall turn right at Paseo de Roxas and go left either at Esperanza Street or Arnaiz Avenue to their destination and vice versa. Private vehicles coming from the Glorietta area and going towards Gil Puyat Avenue may turn right from Parkway Drive to the opposite lane of Makati Avenue, which will be open for counter-flow, turn right at Dela Rosa Street and take another right at Paseo de Roxas before finally going left at Ayala Avenue to their destination.
For motorists going to and from Ayala Tower One and the Exchange Plaza, they are advised to take the Paseo de Roxas Entrance and Exit while those going to the Makati Stock Exchange or GASI Car Park shall take Apartment Ridge, left at Sto. Tomas Street and another left at Makati Avenue.
"We appeal for everyone's cooperation to make this celebration another successful event. Let us welcome the New Year safely together with our family, thankful for all the blessings we receive, and pray for peace, safety and prosperity for the entire country," said Makati mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay.
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