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Image: Jalan Imon Bonjol will be getting a facelift. Credit. Google Maps.

The roads department is trying to improve the traffic situation on Jalan Imam Bonjol by widening the road.  But, during the project, which has started already, they are afraid that traffic jams will get worse.

Denpasar council member, Drs. I Wayan Duaja, who also happens to live on Jalan Imam Bonjol, said on Monday that he appreciated the idea of widening the road. He said to balipost.com that the project has been started and Tukad Teba (local river) had already been closed.

However, the project will create more traffic problems while in progress. “Residents hope that the traffic situation won’t get a lot worse. Because now there are two projects on Jalan Imam Bonjol. There is this widening project and also the Trans Studio project (some mega amusement park and TV studios) in the middle,” he said.

Duaja said that residents of Imon Bonjol have already been informed of these projects.

The widening project, which encompasses 2.25 kms of road and has a budget of Rp 214 billion, will be in progress until the end of this year. The widening has started from Jalan Sunset Road until the Jalan Gunung Soputan intersection. Apparently all electricity and phone cables will be placed underground.

 

 

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  • Herling Untu W
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    Widening the road is not going to help. What needs to happen is more roads and over pass and under pass and tol roads. Widening a road is just going to make traffic worst at inter section.

    • Ian Johansson
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      Well, it would help if they continued the road through the city. But 2 km won’t solve the bigger problem.

  • Ross Macfarlane
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    Widening the road makes a huge positive difference to traffic flow – it means that when one vehicle stops, the traffic behind it can overtake and continue to move. If care is taken to allow extra lanes at intersections, these speed up too. I think the SeminyakTimes put a negative headline on a positive story – Short Term Pain for Longer Term Gain – is the gist of what an accurate headline would convey…

    • Herling Untu W
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      Anything is better then nothing but bali is being manage as a village well its becoming a metropolitan. You cant manage trafic with the available roads. You need to do what all big cities have done like new york singapore tokyo etc. And that is road under and over pass tunnels and computerized red lights. Also massive public transport like mono rail and no car entry zones between certain season and hours in certain areas.Huge Under ground parking Like under beach road and sunset road. The solution is simple but if you have no clue and still have village mentality its just going to get worst.

    • Ian Johansson
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      Herling Untu W agreed, the mentality is the issue.
      But given it’s history, geography and culture, I find that perfectly excusable.
      We often forget how long it takes to build successful societies and how fragile they are.

  • Ian Johansson
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    What they REALLY should do is to continue Mahendradatta to Sunset Road (as originally planned) and enlarge that road with four lanes all the way up to Sempidi to relieve the ridiculously overburdened Imam Bonjol and Jl. Raya Kerobokan.
    Denpasar area has ZERO through roads!

    • Paolo Bali
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      That was a good solution!!!!!

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