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Jakarta Post

Jakarta drops plan on tollgates closure during Asian Games 

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 14, 2018   /   05:07 pm
Jakarta drops plan on tollgates closure during Asian GamesĀ  Officials put up a sign that bars vehicles from entering the Slipi 1 tollgate in West Jakarta on Aug. 1. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

The city government has dropped a plan to close seven tollgates to ease traffic during Asian Games, police have said.

Jakarta Police traffic division head Sr. Comr. Yusuf said, based on the simulations evaluation, the closure of tollgates would only be done if needed.

“[We will] close them only if it’s needed, depending on the situation,” he said as quoted by on Tuesday.

“If there are buses of athletes about to use the toll roads, we can close the gates to public access for 10 to 30 minutes,” he added.

The tollgate closures were aimed at giving priority access for Games’ athletes and officials from the athletes village in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, to the sporting venues. The city initially planned to close four tollgates from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. and three others from 12 p.m. until 9 p.m.

“There is no longer severe congestion on roads connecting the village and the venues because of [the implementation of] the odd-even license plate policy,” he said, referring to the expanded odd-even license plate policy on several main roads in the city. (vla)