Tuesday, 05 February, 2008 | 15:26 WIB
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: : PT Jasa Marga Tbk is planning to accelerate elevating and widening the Professor Sedyatmo toll road. The toll road which leads to Soekarno-Hatta Airport that was planned to be reconstructed in the middle of this year will be speeded up to March 2008.
It is expected that the project that was targeted to be completed within a year can change the road to the airport to be free from floods. “The reconstruction cannot be delayed any more,” Jasa Marga Company Secretary Okke Marlina told Tempo in Jakarta yesterday (4/2).
In the early stage, according to Okke the lane that is heading to Soekarno-Hatta Airport becomes the main priority of the elevation and widening. The other lane, from the airport to Jakarta, will not be fixed this year.
The elevation project, costing Rp260 billion, will be constructed on the Pluit-Kamal toll section for eight kilometers. The toll section will be widened by 3.5 meters. “The width of one toll lane will be around nine kilometers, including the roadside,” said Okke.
The road elevation, said Okke, will be carried out in line with the land contour. The maximum road height is two meters and the minimum is 60 centimeters from the ground. “So don’t imagine it will be like a flyover in the city,” she said.
Last week, throughout Thursday and Friday (31/1-1/2), Jakarta had heavy rain. There was flooding. Sedyatmo toll road was included in the worst affected. The toll road’s 26 to 27 kilometers was flooded more than one meter. As a result the road heading to Soekarno-Hatta Airport was closed for two days and was only opened on Sunday afternoon (3/2). Hundreds of flights were delayed, with hundreds of billion of rupiah in losses.
The toll road elevation cannot be bargained any more. According to Head of Communication Center at the Public Works Department, Amwazi Idrus, the dike on the two sides of the toll road will also be elevated. “So that the capacity increases,” said Amwazi. “We will also analyze adding new drainage in the airport area and the capital city,” he said.
Director General of Land Transportation at the Transportation Department, Iskandar Abubakar, believes that vehicles heading to the airport are too crowded. The efforts to normalize traffic is difficult. “The traffic management is already at its peak,” he told reporters.
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