Within his first couple weeks on the job, Bali’s new police chief is taking action to show tackling the island’s traffic problem is top priority.
Even if you’re already familiar with Kuta’s streets, you’re going to have to pay close attention in the coming days, as test changes to one-way streets will be put in place to hopefully achieve Bali Police Chief Insp. Gen. Petrus R Golose’s goal of getting traffic moving.
It’s likely going to be pretty confusing at first and we’re sure not everyone will want to comply right off, but hopefully police will follow through with their vision and we’ll experience less traffic jamming when it’s all said and done.
Kuta Traffic Police will be doing a pilot run to make a handful of two-way streets into one-ways, including Jl. Dewi Sartika, Jl. Raya Kuta, Jl. Patih Jelantik, and Jl. Majapahit, under direction of the chief of Bali Police’s Traffic Unit, Commissioner Anak Agung Made Sudana.
“Traffic for Jl. Dewi Sartika will flow in one direction, from south to north. Then traffic on Jl. Raya Kuta starting from the intersection with Jl. Patih Jelantik, will flow one-way from north to south,” Bali Police Traffic Unit Assistant Commissioner Bonaparte Silalahi said on Monday, as quoted by Tribun Bali.
Meanwhile, Jl. Patih Jelantik will flow one way, from west to east, while Jl. Majapahit will flow one way from south to north. And in Legian, traffic that had previously flowed from north to south will switch from south to north on Jl. Legian, starting north from the street’s intersection with Jl. Melasti, according to Silalahi.
North Kuta will also apparently experience some traffic change ups as well.
One of the main challenges for traffic in North Kuta is narrow roads made even narrower from damages, says Commissioner Sudana. Which means, local authorities best patch the roads up in a speedy manner, the police commissioner has stressed.
In terms of directional flow, both Jl. Kayu Aya and Jl. Braban will experience test runs as one-way streets. Jl. Kayu Aya will flow from west to east, while Jl. Braban will be converted to flow east to west.
And for the biggie, the most congested of them all: Jl. Raya Kerobokan.
“The traffic flow on Jl. Raya Kerobokan, starting from the intersection at Sunset Road, will be diverted. Traffic flowing from north to south to Jl. Kayu Aya at the West Sunset Road intersection will be diverted eastward through the Jl. Mertandi intersection.”
And to try and prevent bottlenecking in front of Kerobokan Prison, traffic police plan to erect a 40-centimeter-tall concrete barrier from the pasar to in front of the prison entrance, which will make it run about 400 meters long.
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