Jakarta. Construction of the new elevated toll road connecting Jakarta and Cikampek, an industrial district in Karawang, West Java, is scheduled for completion in early 2019, an official at state-owned toll road operator Jasa Marga said.
The 38-kilometer Jakarta-Cikampek II Toll Road, which will pass over some sections of the existing toll road, is part of a government masterplan to ease traffic congestion in and around the capital, while also improving the country's infrastructure to boost economic growth.
"We confirm that the project must be completed in March 2019, so it can be operational in April 2019, in accordance with the target we've set," Jasa Marga president director Desi Arryani said on Wednesday (08/11).
The project is currently 14.48 percent completed, ahead of the initial projection of 13.13 percent completion by the first week of November this year.
Jasa Marga subsidiary Jasamarga Jalanlayang Cikampek is overseeing the project.
"Now the project has entered its most important phase; that is the installation of the [2,500] steel box girders," Desi said.
State-controlled steelmaker Krakatau Steel is responsible for supplying up to 205,000 metric tons of steel plate for the project by November next year. The company has supplied 28,000 tons so far.
The Jakarta-Cikampek II Toll Road is deemed a solution to alleviate congestion on the busy road, where delivery trucks traveling to or from manufacturing plants in Cikampek often get stuck in traffic for hours on the existing 73-kilometer toll road.
"The Jakarta-Cikampek elevated toll road is a solution to the frequent high traffic volumes on the existing road, especially the busiest section between Cikunir and West Karawang," he added.
The congestion became more severe in recent months with the simultaneous construction of other major projects along the road, including the light rail transit system and the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway.
"The main challenge of this toll road project is the high volume of vehicles passing on a daily basis. And here we also have another four transportation projects, that's why we need to coordinate with each other, especially in managing schedules to move the heavy steel box girders," said Jasa Marga general manager R. Kristianto, who is assigned to oversee the Jakarta-Cikampek Toll Road.