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Trafficking in Confusion

Major Changes Introduced to Kuta's Traffic Grid.

(5/1/2005) Starting from Sunday, May 1, 2005, a number of major changes in traffic flows and one-way streets will be introduced on a trial basis in Seminyak, Kuta and Legian areas in an effort by Bali authorities to alleviate vehicular congestion in those areas.

An area of Bali whose existing maze of one way streets and cul-de-sacs can leave people confused even at the best of times, the many changes just introduced are likely to create added confusion during their implementation phase.

In an effort to help people plot their journeys, here's a brief summary of some of the changes you're likely to encounter on your next visit to Seminyak, Kuta and Legian:

Jalan Arjuna to operate as a one-way street exiting on Jalan Werkudara, also a one-way street, exiting onto Jalan Legian.

Jalan Legian between Bemo Corner and the Jalan Melasti/Jalan Sriwijaya intersection is still a one-way street BUT now running in the opposite direction, from south to north.

Jalan Patih Jelantik connecting Jalan Legian to Lapangan Tri Sakti remains a one-way street BUT now running in the opposite direction, running from west to east.

Jalan Pantai Kuta connecting Bemo Corner to the Hard Rock Hotel is partially a one-way street going in the opposite direction of west to east starting from Jalan Dewi Sartika and exiting at Bemo Corner.

Jalan Pantai Kuta lremains a one-way street following the beach starting from its new feeder street, Jalan Dewi Sartika, which now becomes a one-way street running south to north, past the front of Matahari Department store.

Jalan Dewi Sartika in front of Kuta Square is now a one way street running south to north (motorcyles excepted).

Jalan Raya Kuta connecting the Jalan Singosari and Jalan Raya Kuta intersections which was formerly one-way heading south to north is now open to two-way traffic.

Kuta area road-side shops are reported to be doing a brisk business in traffic maps and St. Christopher medals.