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Image: The underpass project and traffic. Credit: ST

Traffic jams around the Ngurah Rai Monument underpass project in Tuban, are getting worse every day. It was so bad on Monday that 32 French tourists could not get to airport on time and missed their plane.

The incident was posted on a Facebook account on Tuesday which went viral with dozens of comments from netizens.

According to The Head of Badung Tourism Department, I Made Badra, the fault lies squarely with the travel agent because the tourists’ exit was not planned carefully even though they knew about the traffic situation at the underpass project. He suggested that travel agents should say to their clients that they need to be at the airport two hours before the boarding time. “The agents have to calculate the trip to the airport carefully because of the underpass construction project,” he said.

He also apologized for the incident. “We, the Badung District Government apologize and we will try to do everything possible to improve our service,” he said to tribunnews.com. He explained that the Ngurah Rai Monument underpass project will raise the tourist satisfaction levels in the future. After the project is completed, the traffic in the area will be a lot smoother.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Bali ASITA (Association of The Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies), Ketut Ardana, has warned all travel agents to arrange to get their clients earlier to the airport. “The underpass project often causes traffic jams, especially from Jimbaran and Nusa Dua. This cannot be avoided right now as there is no other alternative route,” he said yesterday.

“We already suggested that ASITA members should write an official letter to the government asking to hasten the project,” he added.

At this moment, the underpass project is focused on the south side of the roundabout. According to National Roads Implementation Agency (BBJPN) officer, Nyoman Yasmara, the southern section will be completed in February. “Then we will continue to the north side of the roundabout, where drilling will start soon,” Yasmara said.

Yasmara advised all vehicles from Nusa Dua to use the Bali Mandara Toll. Previously, Denpasar Traffic Police had advised all cars from Denpasar to use the Ngurah Rai Monument exit from the toll, while cars from North Kuta going to Nusa Dua can go left at the Dewa Ruci underpass and enter the toll road through Benoa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Nicola Scaramuzzino
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    Fault of the travel agent? Mr I Made Badra, have you ever tried to tell tourists that they have to leave 5 hrs before their flight to cover a distance of 10 km?
    Shame on you for blaming the victims of this massive fuck up, and not the perpetrators!!!

  • Johannes Silaban
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    Jennifer Lydia Gaspersz-Silaban nanti pas mau pulang jangan mepet mepet waktunya

  • Dhanie Arie
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    I always love to go to airport earlier, and stay in the airport longer… rather than being late… even though local flight I always in the airport 2 hours before the departure.. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Andre Zachary
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    Knowing that underpass construction will definitely delaying your trip to airport… Please depart at least 3 hours earlier… Better wait longer at the airport than being left by the aircraft.

    • Nicola Scaramuzzino
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      I’m pretty sure that they didn’t left last minute and they did keep in mind some extra time. But when you read that it takes 3 hrs from Nusa Dua to the airport, the problem lays with the infrastructure setup and not with the travel company.

    • Paolo Bali
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      it takes more than 3 hours Nicola. It’s a total nonsense.

    • Nicola Scaramuzzino
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      Paolo, i’m sure it is, that’s why I find RIDICULOUS that the guy blamed the agent and not the local government that managed to put in total jeopardy, in a busy time of the year (Chines New Year week), the only artery to the only airport of the island!

    • Paolo Bali
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      Agree with you 100%….but you know blaming someone is the solution when the problem seems not manageable better. It all depends on width of vision and depth of thinking. 😉

    • Sarah Dougherty
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      Now boys, is there ever a good time to do it? We’ll be happy when it’s done.

    • Paolo Bali
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      I’m not even sure it will be better Sarah….just moving the bottleneck from the roundabout to the “crazy” Sinpansiur area.
      Plus I’m 100% sure that reducing the flux of car to one lane is totally not necessary and for sure there are alternatives solution to the actual madness.

    • Nicola Scaramuzzino
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      Sarah, yes, there are for sure better times for these types of works.
      The main issue, as always, is the total lack of forward thinking and planning, that paired with the famous lack of common sense generates massive fuck ups as the one we are witnessing now.

  • Beverley Monks
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    I always set of early, it is ridiculous how long it takes to get to the airport, but if you are first time visitors you would not be aware of that. It stresses me out that much i have said next time i stay for last night nearer the airport rather than Canggu to lesson my stress levels.

  • Lainie Reynolds
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    And?

  • Ian Johansson
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    Wow! Yes, a friend of mine took more than two hours from Four Seasons Jimbaran to Ngurah Rai and missed his plane. My mom in law came up from Ulu two days ago. Took four hours to Seminyak!
    Meanwhile, Pastika and Angkasa Pura are pressing to get more tourists to Bali.
    Idiocracy…

    • Markus Stanovsky
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    • Markus Stanovsky
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      Sorry mate but most of us would be going down on our knees and starting belief in a higher power , if mum in law is tooo late

  • Marcus McEntee
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    poor frenchies. i hope they ok

  • Jordan Downs
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    Just take a plane to Ngurah Rai — it’s faster.

  • Arnaud Moret
    Reply

    Haha ca a failli m arriver aussi.

  • Daniel Villa Marene Verheecke
    Reply

    helicopter transfer ….. but yes some pricy

  • Amanda Vogel
    Reply

    Water taxis maybe?

  • Vasily Pronin
    Reply

    Wayan Jess Ariawan
    Mirella Romanesca
    Vivilya Millian

  • Des Koval
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    I feel for the gate agent that has to deal with this mob

  • Markus Stanovsky
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    The toll road from nusa dua is still open?so just in that case …why these people are too late…like many people had been writting here..i would prefer to get a sour ass waiting in the airport instead of dealing with the well known traffic issues in kuta area

    • Nicola Scaramuzzino
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      The problem is the toll road…

    • Gabriele Zorn
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      On the toll road is a massive traffic jam each day at the entrance gate. So that is no solution

  • Don Havig
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    Its best u payy attention to the local conditions

  • Dallas Jackson
    Reply

    Ool la la

  • Wouter van der Sluis
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    Cannot for Hindu religious reasons

  • Tom Kin
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    I made it from Kuta to the airport in 15 minutes in a go-car

  • Tom Kin
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    Check in time is 3 hours before.

    • Seminyak Edits
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      It’s the by-pass and toll road having problems. I’d imagine direct from Kuta would be fine, or better at least

    • Gabriele Zorn
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      Many people going to the tol but have still no card. That is part of the problem.

    • Kerry Godfrey
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      No mention where these people where travelling from??

  • Bule Bangsat
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    Enjoy when the IMF (International Monetary Fund) 20,000 bankers and all their parasites arrive in Bali in 2018.

    Wake-up call on corruption and terrible infrastructure.

    • Kerry Godfrey
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      Most people have a card but you can now top up your card at the toll bridge…I got stuck in that lane the other day…its the one with the big green sign saying “top up”
      ..that i missed….a lot of traffic is detouring from the main bypass road that would usually travel from Nusa Dua,Jimbaran, and Uluwatu area..they are back tracking to use the Toll Bridge entrance in Nusa Dua to head back into the Kuta/Seminyak and beyond….

  • Lia Subari
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    Traffic are crazy there start from simpang siur underpass all the way to roundabout.

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