It has been reported in local news agencies that a total of 18 roads around Dataran Merdeka will be temporarily closed for the National Day preparations and celebrations. The road closure is said to have begun yesterday at 6am and are to reopen in stages by noon each day. The temporary road closure is said to last until Monday 31st August.
City Traffic Police Chief ACP Mohd Nadzri Hussain was quoted saying that, “Only those on duty on National Day will be allowed to be stationed at Dataran Merdeka through Bulatan Dato Onn – Jalan Gereja and park their vehicles in the underground parking lot. They need to prepare appropriate car stickers to enter Dataran Merdeka,”
The affected roads are: the Jalan Travers/Jalan Damansara; Jalan Mahameru/Jalan Damansara; Jalan Mahameru/Jalan Damansara; Bulatan Hishamuddin/Jalan Lembah; Jalan Perdana/Jalan Lembah; Jalan Kinabalu/Bulatan Hishamuddin; Jalan Kinabalu/Jalan Hishamuddin; Jalan Lembah/Jalan Cenderasari; Leboh Pasar Besar/Jalan Hang Kasturi; Leboh Ampang/Jalan Tun Perak; Jalan Dang Wangi/Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman; Jalan Kuching/Bulatan Dato Onn; Jalan Kinabalu/Bulatan Dato Onn; Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman/Jalan Raja; Jalan Hishamuddin/Jalan Raja; Jalan Parlimen/Bulatan Dato Onn; Jalan Dato Onn/Jalan Raja and Jalan Mahkamah Persekutuan.
He also mentioned that there are designated routes for busses to drop off and fetch participants at Dataran Merdeka and that 40 officers will be on duty during rehearsals and more than 70 officers will be working on the celebration day itself.
The reports also mentioned that there are about 7,000 people participating in the National Day celebrations.