Road closures 27th – 31st August for National Day parade rehearsal and celebrations

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Kuala Lumpur is preparing for the National Day parade next week, which means that many roads in the city around Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) will be shutdown to accommodate rehearsals and the actual celebrations, according to reports by The Malay Mail Online.

Roads will be closed Saturday, 27th August 2016 until Wednesday, 31st August 2016. These closures will happen in stages starting at 6am on 27th August, and will be reopened in stages once the event is over, around 1pm on 31st August.

Here’s a list of all the affected roads:

Affected roads 
Jalan TraversJalan Hang Kasturi
Jalan DamansaraLeboh Ampang
Jalam MahameruJalan Tun Perak
Bulatan Hishamuddin Jalan Dang Wangi
Jalan LembahJalan Tunku Abdul Rahman
Jalan perdanaJalan Kuching
Jalan KinabaluBulatan Dato Onn
Jalan HishamuddinJalan Parlimen
Jalan CenderasariJalan Mahkamah Persekutuan
Leboh Pasar Besar

You’ll want to avoid driving into the city during this time as traffic will definitely be worse than usual. If you must travel into the city, try to use the LRT or monorail services instead.

National Day parade schedule

Field rehearsals

Date: 23rd to 26th August 2016
Time: 8am – 1pm
Only Jalan Raja is closed.

Full rehearsals

Date: 27th August – 30th August 2016
Time: 6am – 1pm
All roads mentioned above will be closed.

National Day march and parade

Date: 31st August 2016
Time: 6am – 1pm
All roads mentioned above will be closed.

In the press conference about the 2016 National Day celebrations, Superintendent Mohd Adnan Basri of the Kuala Lumpur Traffic Investigation department specified the roads that will be affected and advised road users to use alternative routes these next few days.

He also encouraged the use of public transportation to get into the city, and warned drivers to refrain from parking at roadsides, especially on the affected roads, or risk being towed.

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