The Jakarta Post
As major toll roads in Java have been heavily congested during mudik (the annual exodus), homebound travelers have been advised to take non-toll roads when traveling back to Jakarta.
One toll road that was expected to alleviated traffic in fact experienced congestion at the main exit in East Brebes over the last two days. The newly launched Palimanan-Pejagan-Brebes toll road also lacks facilities such as gas stations and rest areas.
“Thus, we suggest people take the northern Java route, or Ciamis-Nagrek in the south. The travel time might not be different but at least there are more gas stations on those routes," National Police Traffic Corps chief Brig. Gen. Agung Budi Maryoto said on Tuesday in Jakarta.
He also advised people to travel early, before the weekend, when heading back to Jakarta to avoid peak times.
The returning flow following mudik is expected to occur for two weeks after Idul Fitri. Agung predicted that the Cikarang toll gate would become a severe bottleneck as the main entry point to Jakarta.
“Idul Fitri celebrations are going to be until Thursday. If you travel to Jakarta on Friday morning, you can avoid traffic jams. If traffic congestion occurs at the Cikarang gate, we will divert [vehicles to] the exits at West or East Karawang,” he said. (ags)