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Surakarta-Kertosono toll road opens for exodus

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi

    The Jakarta Post

Surakarta, Central Java   /   Tue, May 30, 2017   /   08:30 pm
Surakarta-Kertosono toll road opens for exodus A motorcyclist passes through a section of the Surakarta-Ngawi toll road in Ngemplak, Boyolali, Central Java, on Tuesday. (Antara/Aloysius Jarot Nugroho)

PT Solo Ngawi Jaya (SNJ), a subsidiary of state-owned toll road operator PT Jasa Marga, will open two gates of the Surakarta-Kertosono toll road in Ngasem, Boyolali and Klodran in Karanganyar in Central Java to facilitate travelers during the Idul Fitri exodus this year.

The tollgates will be opened for vehicles coming from Semarang, Boyolali, Yogyakarta and Surakarta, 2017 exodus task force secretary Ri Syamsi said.

“We will still study further if we will open the gates for the returning wave of traffic,” he said on Tuesday.
During the Idul Fitri exodus, the exit tollgates will function as entrances in Pungkruk, Sragen and Widodaren in East Java as the company will make the whole highway a one-way road toward East Java from June 19 to 25.

“Just like last year, the routes are only for small and private vehicles. The tollgates will be open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.,” he said. 

Sragen Transportation Office official Pursis Yuliono said the tollgates will be opened for two different streams of traffic coming from Semarang and Yogyakarta to prevent congestion.

“If travelers from Yogyakarta enter through the Ngasem tollgate, there could be congestion on the Surakarta-Boyolali road. Therefore, we will open the Klodran gate especially to accommodate travelers from Yogyakarta,” he said. (rin)