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.

2 thoughts on “Warning: Traffic Ahead

  • July 4, 2012 at 10:34 am

    one of the interesting points which you raised, is that traffic was reversed…. why that can’t be done under “normal” congestion situations, escapes me

    • July 4, 2012 at 11:02 am

      Well actually we made a U-Turn, but at least it was possible. In Jerusalem I have seen groups of officers on a street corner and they will not try and do a thing to relieve traffic gridlock situations if that is not job. Very frustrating indeed!


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