MMDA: Expect 'carmageddon' on Friday, Dec. 22

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Transport authorities are expecting 402,000 vehicles on EDSA this Friday. Last year, it was only 357,000. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 21) — Expect "carmageddon" on Friday, December 22, said the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

On Friday, transport authorities are anticipating 402,000 vehicles on EDSA, an increase of 13 percent in the number of vehicles on Metro Manila's main artery compared to same day a year ago.

"All of our motorists are planning to leave Metro Manila for a long vacation, and some would just sacrifice Friday," MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago told CNN Philippines on Thursday.

EDSA, a 23.8-kilometer road which cuts through six cities and municipalities in the metro, only has a maximum capacity of 6,000 vehicles an hour per direction.

MMDA's comment comes after traffic navigation app Waze forecast that December 22 will be the worst day to drive in the Philippines, Singapore, and Malaysia during the holiday season.

Traffic is expected to build-up by 10 p.m. Thursday, Pialago said. She advised motorists to avoid EDSA by either leaving early or taking alternate routes.

"We are really encouraging people to avoid EDSA. We can assure them that they see the visibility of our men but we can't assure them of the smooth flow of traffic," she said.

Additional traffic enforcers will be deployed in areas around SM Megamall in Mandaluyong, the Landers supermarket in Muñoz, Quezon City and bus terminals along EDSA in Pasay City and in Araneta Center-Cubao in Quezon City to manage traffic.