The main road in front of Jakarta City Hall will be closed on Saturday and Sunday for Jakarnaval (Jakarta carnival), continuing the festivities for Jakarta’s anniversary.
According to a circular sent out by the Jakarta administration on Thursday, the south side of Jl. Merdeka Selatan, which is in front of City Hall, is to be closed on Saturday for rehearsals from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
On Saturday, vehicles from Jl. Ridwan Rais going left to Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan are to be redirected to go straight to Jl. Medan Merdeka Timur.
Meanwhile, motorists who want to make U-turns from the north side of Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan to the south side are to be diverted toward Jl. Ridwan Rais or Jl. Medan Merdeka Timur.
During Jakarnaval on Sunday, more streets are to be closed from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. At these times, both the north and south sides of Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan are to be closed, along with the Bank Indonesia traffic circle, as the carnival participants march around the area.
The east side of Jl. MH Thamrin starting from the Bank Indonesia traffic circle toward the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle is to be closed as it is to be the route used by decorative carnival vehicles.
Meanwhile, Jl. Imam Bonjol from the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle going toward Jl. Agus Salim junction is to also be closed.
Traffic diversions are to happen in the following areas:
Vehicles from Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat going toward the Bank Indonesia traffic circle must make a U-turn in front of the National Museum.
Meanwhile, those traveling from Jl. Imam Bonjol toward the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle can take a left toward Jl. Pameksaan.
Both sides of Jl. Wahid Hasyim and Jl. Kebon Sirih, as well as Jl. Budi Kemuliaan, are to experience situational road closures as they await the carnival party to disperse.
Furthermore, people who wish to attend the event can park their vehicles in the National Monument (Monas) parking lot, Park and Ride Thamrin 10, Jl. Imam Bonjol roadsides and Plaza Mandiri.
The Jakarta Transportation Agency advised motorists to avoid the carnival area during the event to avoid traffic congestion. (eyc)