Yesterday, it was announced that roads in downtown KL will be closed from today until Sunday (Nov 18-22) for the 27th Asean Summit and Related Summits 2015 which is happening at the KL Convention Centre. The list includes major roads, but The Star reports that this morning’s rush hour crawl was no worse than normal.

The daily said that a check along Jalan Tun Razak this morning showed that congestion “remained at the normal level”. The busy thoroughfare is among 12 affected by temporary closures. The other roads are Jalan Binjai heading towards Persiaran KLCC, Jalan Imbi heading towards Bukit Bintang, Jalan Kia Peng heading towards Lorong Perak and Jalan Raja Chulan heading towards Lorong Perak.

Also affected are Jalan Nagasari to Jalan Raja Chulan, Jalan Sultan Ismail to Jalan Ampang, Jalan Ampang to Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Ampang to Jalan Binjai, Jalan Sultan Ismail to Jalan P. Ramlee and Jalan Raja Chulan to Persiaran Raja Chulan.

City traffic police chief Asst Comm Mohd Nadzri Hussain said the 12 stretches will only be fully closed for about two hours on Saturday from 7.15pm to 9pm. This is to facilitate movement of leaders and delegates attending the summit’s gala dinner. Besides that period, the 12 roads will only be closed in stages from 7.40am to 9am until Sunday when the summits ends.

Nadzri advised motorists to use alternative roads such as Jalan Kia Peng/Jalan Stonor, Lorong Lumba Kuda, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, Jalan Hang Tuah and Jalan Pudu. Have a safe drive home this evening.