Merak toll road to get
new, elevated section

The operator of the Tangerang-Merak toll road in Banten, PT Marga Mandala Sakti (MMS), is set to build 2.5 kilometers of a new, elevated toll road section next to the old one, which was flooded during the past two rainy seasons.

“We have finished the design. It will be similar to the elevated sections built in Jakarta [leading to Soekarno Hatta International Airport],” MMS operational and technical director Sunarto said on Tuesday.

Construction would begin by the end of this year, he went on.

He said the new toll road section would be 2.7 meters higher than

the existing one, adding that the project would cost Rp 300 billion (US$25 million).

In January 2012 and again in early 2013, floodwater at kilometers 57 to 59, caused by the Ciujung River bursting its banks, paralyzed the busy toll road, which is a vital transportation artery between Java and Sumatra.

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