A new traffic scheme has been implemented starting October 15 on South Avenue and Ayala Avenue Extension in Makati following the completion of a traffic improvement project by Ayala Land, Inc..
According to the city Public Safety Department, the new scheme is expected to substantially reduce travel time and enhance road safety, and also reduce air pollution in the said areas.
Newly installed and upgraded traffic signals along South Avenue and its intersections J.P. Rizal, Kalayaan Avenue and P. Ocampo (formerly Vito Cruz St.) will be made operational.
Improvements done by ALI also include a median island opening along Ayala Avenue Extension, a segregated lane along Kamagong Street, installed traffic signs and road safety facilities, and fresh lane markings.
Kamagong will remain one-way eastward (toward Ayala Extension). However, a dedicated flow lane segregated by a concrete divider is provided for vehicles coming from Ayala Avenue Extension going to and turning left into Metropolitan Avenue.
Metropolitan Avenue will be one-way (toward Chino Roces) starting from the intersection of Ayala Ave. Extension, South Ave., Metropolitan Ave., up to Chino Roces.
No right turn into Metropolitan Avenue will be imposed for vehicles coming from Kamagong Street.
Kamagong Extension (the short road connecting Kamagong and Metropolitan) will remain one-way northward.
Ayala Ave. Extension will remain two-way. Right turn merging from Kamagong into Ayala Avenue Extension is allowed. However, right turners must yield right of way to through traffic along Ayala Ave. Extension. Vehicles bound for Sen. Gil Puyat and Ayala CBD may turn right into Ayala Ave. Extension anytime.
Vehicles bound for South Ave. and Metropolitan Ave. may, on green light, turn left via the new median opening along Ayala Ave. Extension and proceed straight northwards into South Avenue, or turn right into Metropolitan Avenue for those bound for Bel-Air side. Metropolitan Ave. (Bel-Air side) starting at Ayala Ave. Extension will remain two-way streets.
Vehicles using the Kamagong Extension (short road connecting Kamagong and Metropolitan) coming from Kamagong must turn left upon reaching Metropolitan Avenue which is designated one-way westward to Chino Roces from South Ave./Ayala Ave. Extension.
All vehicles coming from Kamagong / Kamagong Extension are not allowed to enter Metropolitan Avenue.
No left turn into Metropolitan (toward Bel-Air-Jupiter) will be imposed from both South Avenue and Ayala Ave. Extension (toward Chino Roces side).
Except for no U-turn along Metropolitan Avenue (Bel-Air-Jupiter side), all movements allowed for Metropolitan, such as, crossing into Metropolitan (Chino Roces side); right turn to South Avenue (toward Kalayaan/J.P. Rizal); and, left turn to Ayala Extension (toward Buendia/Ayala CBD), as indicated by traffic signals.
Yakal Street will remain one-way westward (toward Chino Roces) starting from Ayala Ave. Extension. Vehicles travelling northward (to Metropolitan) along Ayala Ave. Extension, may, on green light, turn left into Yakal Street.
Emergency vehicles and light private vehicles are allowed to U-Turn along Ayala Extension when left turn signal at Yakal Street is green.
To execute left or U-turning movement, vehicle must queue on a single lane closest to median of northbound lanes and wait for left turn green signal.
Vehicles straying out of designated turning lane must proceed straight.
Due to the impending construction of Ayala/Sen. Gil Puyat Footbridge, Ayala Ave. Extension/Malugay intersection will be opened to vehicular traffic.
This is aimed to reduce vehicles travelling within the construction site wherein Sen. Gil Puyat will be reduced by one lane per direction.
Vehicles intending to take Ayala Ave. Extension/South Avenue and the northward may divert into Malugay and take Ayala Ave. Extension northward. Malugay will remain one-way from Ayala Ave. Extension all the way to Pres. Osmeña-Mayapis.
Between Ayala Ave. Extension and Sen. Gil Puyat, Malugay will remain two-way.
Motorists travelling along South Avenue, Metropolitan Avenue and Ayala Extension are advised to keep watch and diligently observe traffic signals, traffic signs and lane markings at all times.