The Jakarta Police have claimed success in enforcing a new traffic scheme near the Kuningan intersection with Jalan Gatot Subroto after a trial of the new procedures on Monday.
“During our first day of the trial, we have significantly lessened traffic problems with the new scheme,” said Adj. Sr. Comr. Wahyono, deputy chief of the Jakarta Police’s traffic directorate.
He said the traffic police would continue to evaluate the implementation of the new traffic scheme on a daily basis.
“Hopefully, we can fix any problems that occur day by day,” Wahyono said.
The system forces drivers on Jalan Gatot Subroto to use the flyover at the Kuningan intersection if they want to travel east toward Cawang. It also bans vehicles from directly turning left or right in the area around the intersection and forces the traffic to use U-turns that are farther away.
Previously, Comr. Nurul Megawati, the head of the research and engineering section of the Jakarta Police’s traffic directorate, said the traffic arrangement would be applied at the Kuningan traffic light up until the one in Mampang. “Those are the areas where traffic congestion usually occurs.”
She added that only the TransJakarta buses would be exempt from the new traffic rules.
Under the new traffic arrangements, traffic coming from Semanggi and heading toward Cawang and Pancoran can only use the flyover at the Kuningan intersection.
Those cars not taking the flyover must turn left at the intersection, make a U-turn a little bit farther and turn left again to rejoin Gatot Subroto at the red light. They can also turn right at the Kuningan intersection and turn left at the Mampang intersection to rejoin Gatot Subroto, taking the flyover at Mampang Prapatan.