Travelers warned about steep climb on unfinished Salatiga-Kartasura road
Ganug Nugroho Adi
The Jakarta Post
Four days before Idul Fitri, the exodus route at Kali Kenteng Bridge on the Salatiga-Kartasura road, part of an unfinished toll road in Central Java, saw a long line of cars making a steep climb. Traffic ran slow on Monday because some cars had problems making the climb, blocking traffic in the process.
"The steep road is actually a temporary route because the bridge is still under construction. For this Idul Fitri season, we are rerouting the motorists to the road under the bridge," said PT Jasamarga Solo-Ngawi president director David Wijayatno.
David advised travelers to make sure their vehicles were in top condition before making trips via the Salatiga-Kartasura route. The steep road has caused cars with small engines to break down during the climb over the past few days.
However, David ensured that the route was safe and said the company closed it at 5 p.m. After that, cars can exit the toll road at the Salatiga exit, which, for those traveling eastward, is located before the steep road.
Jasa Marga said in its release that the steep road was angled at 7.24 degrees.
The National Police's traffic division chief, Insp. Gen. Royke Lumowa, said the speed limit on the road, where his office had deployed personnel, was 50 kilometers per hour.
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