Tangerang–Merak toll
road nears completion

TANGERANG: Toll road operator PT Mandala Margasakti (MMS) said construction of the 72-kilometer toll road that would connect the city with Merak Port was near completion.

“We are now resurfacing the remaining 54 kilometers of road,” MMS executive director Wiwiek D. Santoso told a media gathering on Thursday.

The work, which was targeted to be completed this year, was started in 2008 with a total investment of Rp 905 billion (US$96 million) from the company’s budget and bank loans.

To ensure smooth trips for the road’s users, the company has increased the number of payment booths at Cikupa tollgate to reduce queues. MMS will also provide a tow truck at Ciujung tollgate, which will operate around the clock.

“We have increased the number of sign boards that provide information for road users at Kilometer 72, heading toward Jakarta, and at Kilometer 60, toward Serang. We have also installed 20 CCTV cameras at certain points along the road to ensure the safety of road users,” Wiwiek said.

“We are committed to improving the quality and service on the toll road, regardless of cost,” she added.

The company also plans to widen the toll road from two to three lanes along the Balaraja–Cikupa section to accommodate traffic that can reach up to 100,000 vehicles per day.

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