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Jakarta Post

Porong turnpike safe to use during exodus

  • Indra Harsaputra

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 13 2011   /  08:00 am

The Sidoarjo Mudflow Mitigation Agency (BPLS) said that the Porong turnpike and artery road, set to be completed seven days before Idul Fitri, would be safe for use during the holiday exodus following the drop in hot mudflow activity in Porong, Sidoarjo, East Java.

BPLS deputy operational manager Soffian Hadi said the condition of the Porong highway was far safer than last year despite damage from land subsidence caused by the gush of toxic gas and possible broken
embankments.

“Motorists traveling along the Porong highway need not worry about the toxic gas because activities have subsided following the gradual drop in the mudflow discharge in Sidoarjo. The Porong artery road is also safe from subsidence,” he told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

Soffian said the decreasing mudflow activities were marked by the drop in mud volume and intensity at the gush point....