PETALING JAYA: Several roads leading to and within the city will be closed tomorrow and Monday as police will be conducting a traffic dry run for the 13th Non-Aligned Movement Summit.
The closure will be done in two stages, between 8am and 9.30am for the opening ceremony of the summit on Feb 24 at the Putra World Trade Centre, and between 7pm and 8.30pm when roads will be closed to test traffic leading to the Palace of the Golden Horses in Seri Kembangan for a dinner hosted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad on the same night.
The roads that will be affected in the morning are Jalan Seremban/Kuala Lumpur Highway starting from the Taman Putra slip road to PWTC, Jalan Istana Baru and Jalan Mahameru leading to PWTC, Jalan P. Ramlee to Jalan Pahang, Jalan Pinang to Jalan Kia Peng, Jalan Kia Peng to Jalan Raja Chulan, Jalan Imbi to Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Imbi to Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail to PWTC.
Jalan Kuching, beginning from the slip road to Jalan Sultan Ismail and PWTC, will also be closed, as well as Jalan Mahameru to Jalan Tun Ismail, Jalan Putra to Jalan Raja Laut and roads within the PWTC vicinity.
Vehicles from Selayang/ Rawang and the north will be diverted to Jalan Ipoh and on to Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, and those from Jalan Tun Razak entering the city through Jalan Pahang will only be allowed to go to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital.
Those from Kajang can take Jalan Loke Yew to go to Bulatan Edinburgh or use Jalan Cheras to go to Jalan Pudu.
Traffic from Petaling Jaya will be diverted to Jalan Syed Putra and Bulatan Sultan Mohamad and on to Jalan Maharajalela or through Jalan Pantai, Jalan Bangsar, Jalan Maarof and Jalan Travers to Bulatan Hishamuddin and proceed to Jalan Raja. Alternatively, vehicles can take Jalan Lebuh Pasar Besar or the Jalan Raja/Jalan Tun Perak junction to town and Puduraya.
Vehicles from Jalan Syed Putra/Jalan Klang Lama can proceed to Jalan Tun Sambanthan and on to Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock to Puduraya and the city.
The roads affected during the evening dry run will be from Jalan P. Ramlee heading towards Jalan Pinang, from Jalan Pinang to Jalan Kia Peng, Jalan Kia Peng to Jalan Raja Chulan, Jalan P. Ramlee to Jalan Sultan Ismail, and Jalan Imbi to Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Kuching.
Jalan Mahameru leading towards PWTC to Jalan Istana Baru will also be closed during the period, as with Jalan Istana Baru to the Seremban/Kuala Lumpur Highway, Seremban/ Kuala Lumpur Highway from Jalan Sungai Besi to Palace of the Golden Horses, Selangor Turf Club roundabout and the vicinity of Palace of the Golden Horses.
Traffic from Seremban and the south will be diverted to UPM toll plaza and the city via the Puchong Link and those from Puchong travelling towards Seri Kembangan will have to use Jalan West (Bukit Jalil) at the Malaysia Technology Park (MTP) junction while traffic from Taman Putra will be diverted to Puchong Link via the MTP/Jalan West junction to go to the city.
Motorists from National Sports Council to the Selangor Turf Club roundabout will be diverted to Jalan West while those from Sri Petaling heading towards Kuala Lumpur will have to use the Seremban Highway (Sungai Besi toll) or Cheras (Makro) and vehicles from Cheras using the Middle Ring Road II will be diverted to the Kesas Highway and on to town.
Traffic from Desa Petaling will be directed to Seremban Highway, those from Kuchai Lama/Happy Garden will have to take the Besraya/Cheras/ Jalan Tengah route to go to the city, traffic from Taman Seputeh will be re-routed to the Seremban Highway while motorists from Taman Connaught will be diverted to Taman Seputeh/Jalan Klang Lama.
Police have advised the public to opt for public transportation such as STAR, LRT, commuter train or car pool and leave for work earlier throughout the summit period to avoid traffic congestion.