The Jakarta Post
There was heavy traffic from Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) travelers on Wednesday, after days of smooth home-bound traffic was reported in the media, which has caused the buildup of traffic at five spots at the Jakarta-Cikampek toll road, according to toll operator PT Jasa Marga.
Jasa Marga customer and employee relations manager Faizal Riani said the five spots were located near the rest areas at Kilometer 33, KM 39, KM 50 and KM 57, as well as a traffic bottleneck on KM 37 + 800 meters heading to Cikampek.
He said that the operator would enact contraflow from KM 29 to KM 61 + 500m to Cikampek.
“We do this to prevent traffic buildup on roads near the rest area of KM 33, KM 39, KM 50, KM 57 and bottleneck on KM 37+ 800 m,” Faiza said on Wednesday as reported by kompas.com.
He said that the contraflow would start at 6:30 p.m. Jasa Marga would also station some traffic officers and prepare several road signs on the toll road.
The heavy traffic on Jakarta-Cikampek toll roads has also made some travelers look for alternative routes.
Restu Widayati, one of the mudik travelers, said she was heading to Semarang, East Java, and she decided to exit the toll road to take an alternative road through the arterial roads.
“I was stuck at the Cikunir toll for about 30 minutes. We didn't move more than 2.5 km, so I decided to exit the toll road from Kalimalang and continued through residential areas,” Restu said.
Restu said he used an online map app to pass through the residential areas in Bekasi, West, Java, such as Pengasinan and Mustika Jaya. (ami)