Starting next week, the Jakarta police’s traffic directorate will redirected traffic at the Kuningan intersection with Jalan Gatot Subroto, an officer said on Friday.
“Next Monday, there will be a trial, starting from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Personnel will be deployed and banners and road signs will be displayed,” said Comr. Nurul Megawati, the head of the research and engineering section of the Jakarta Police’s traffic directorate.
The system will force traffic on Jalan Gatot Subroto to only use the flyover at the Kuningan intersection if they want to go east towards Cawang. It will also ban cars from directly turning left or right in the area around the intersection and force cars to make U-turns further away.
“The system is being implemented to decrease traffic. The traffic arrangement will be applied at the Kuningan traffic light up until the one in Mampang, because these areas are where traffic congestion usually occurs,” Nurul said.
She added that only the TransJakarta buses will be exempt from the new traffic rules. The Jakarta police will conduct a weekly evaluation.
“Our target it to at least reduce congestion by 60 to 70 percent,” she said.
Under the new traffic arrangement, traffic coming from Semanggi heading towards Cawang can only use the flyover at the Kuningan intersection.
Those cars not taking the flyover, will have to turn left at the intersection, make a U-turn a little bit farther down and turn left again to rejoin Gatot Subroto at the red light. Or they can turn right at the Kuningan intersection and then turn left at the Mampang intersection and rejoin Gatot Subroto by taking the flyover at Mampang Prapatan.
For those vehicles coming from Semanggi wishing to access the first few offices on the left after the Kuningan intersection, they will have to turn left towards Warung Buncit, then turn left at the Mampang intersection and turn left again to join Jalan Gatot Subroto and make a U-turn, passing under the Kuningan flyover.
Traffic coming from Kuningan heading to Pasar Santa through Jalan Kapten Tendean, will not be allowed to turn right at the Mampang red light. Instead they will have to turn left towards Tegal Parang, make a U-turn in front of the Trans TV headquarters and use the flyover at the Mampang intersection to enter Tendean.
Vehicles coming from Pasar Santa will not be allowed to turn right at the Mampang red light to enter Warung Buncit. Instead, they will have to use the flyover and make the U-turn in front of the Trans TV headquarters and then turn left into Warung Buncit at the Mampang traffic light.