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Jakarta Post

Semanggi Interchange opens to motorists

  • Callistasia Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, July 29 2017   /  12:05 am

The long-awaited expansion of Jakarta’s iconic Semanggi cloverleaf is finally complete. After 15 months of construction work, Jakarta commuters can at last use the new Simpang Susun Semanggi, or Semanggi Interchange.

The thousands of light-emitting diode (LED) lamps installed on the interchange can be seen twinkling from afar. As the colors and patterns change every few seconds, stressed motorists can enjoy a little relief in what is an area notorious for traffic congestion.

The interchange — which was the ambitious plan of the currently imprisoned former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama — had its soft launch on Friday at 8:20 p.m.

Jakarta Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat attended the launch together with Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono and State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno.

“We hope that this ...