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Jakarta Post

Govt says roads ready for Lebaran exodus

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 1 2010   /  08:48 am

The Public Works Ministry announced Tuesday that 11,000 kilometers of road across Sumatra, Java, Bali, Kalimantan and Sulawesi had been prepared to accommodate increased traffic during the Idul Fitri exodus.

The ministry predicts that 17 million people will take part in this year’s exodus, with 3.6 million motorcycles and 1.3 private cars hitting the roads.

Djoko Murjanto, the ministry’s director general for highways, said the ministry had, as of Tuesday, finished the reconstruction, rehabilitation and maintenance of all major thoroughfares.

“We wrapped up all road work 10 days before Lebaran, which was right on schedule,” he said.

“The roads are now fit for travel.”

He added the ministry’s works included repairing damaged roads and bridges, and expanding roads to boost capacity.

The reconstruction and rehabilitation of roads has ...