Warning: Traffic Ahead

Traffic filled the Jerusalem streets last week.

First, there were major international conferences 

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with motorcades and official limousines and sirens.

 Vladimir Putin was in Jerusalem for only one day,

but he caused a traffic mess of presidential proportions.

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The Russian flags welcoming him to Jerusalem were still flying after he left.

 Schools held countless end-of-year performances for families,

making driving unpredictable and parking sometimes impossible.

The usual was bad enough, but wait–it got worse.

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The Promenades of the Tayelet are perfect for views  

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of the Old City Walls.

In May,

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 smoke could be seen from several fires below the Tayelet,

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 but they did not spread.

Recently, however, there have been multiple fires in the area.

 Last week the main Route #1 into Jerusalem was shut down 

while firefighters worked to put out fires and

thousands of people were stuck in traffic for hours.

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There have also been less serious fires that do not make the news.

Traffic came to a stop for one such fire near Kiryat Gat, 

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while planes circled above. 

We were able to turn around and take another route back to Jerusalem,

so I do not know how long it took to re-open the road.

The funeral for former Prime Minister Shamir is later today,

 and it could be a traffic disaster of Prime Ministerial proportions.

Major construction on Route #1 is scheduled to start soon,

so we are in for years of serious traffic nightmares.

Bad traffic situations ahead seem to be a certainty,

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but surely we can put an end to some of the dangerous fires.

Jerusalem: Green Light Don’t Go

The Jerusalem streets can be very dangerous.

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Many are too narrow for modern vehicles

and sidewalks are often blocked

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forcing people to walk in the street in traffic.

 The traffic lights in the center of town often come in pairs,

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   many times the closer light can be red, while the further one is green.

Those unfamiliar with this system often unwittingly step in the cross walk

 in front of oncoming traffic.

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While some intersections are extremely complicated,

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the corner of Shalom Aleichem and Keren Hayesod Streets

is especially dangerous.

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 The red light visible from most angles

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is really green.

 Much more dangerous though,

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the green light is really red.

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While this traffic light was always hard to see behind the street sign,

 now the large advertising sign blocks the line of vision,

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making it almost impossible to see the traffic light.

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Thousands of visitors walk from Gan Hapa’amon, Liberty Bell Park area

on Keren Hayesod Street towards town,

this is a tragedy waiting to happen.

Many tourists eager to get into town look across the street,

see a green light and continue walking.

This recent sign says it all:

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“Be Careful on the Roads-It’s a Matter of Life”


and hopefully, not death… or injury.