Jakarta. The peak of traffic for motorists returning to Jakarta after the Eid al-Adha holiday is predicted for Sunday evening (03/09), an official at the Ministry of Transportation said.
The ministry's secretary general, Sugihardjo, expects about 97,000 vehicles to come back to the capital city from southern and northern parts of Java via the Cikarang Utama toll gate in Cikarang, West Java, on the Jakarta-Cikampek Toll Road — the busiest artery in the country.
"To anticipate the high volume of vehicles and to prevent long queues, a number of [traffic] scenarios were prepared," he said, as quoted by Antara news agency on Sunday during a visit at the Cikarang Utama toll gate.
According to Sugihardjo, toll road operator Jasa Marga plans to open all of the gate's 31 booths services to speed up payment. The authorities may also establish contraflow lanes for those heading toward Jakarta from kilometer 66 to kilometer 33.
"As we know, the Cikampek Toll Road must accommodate vehicles from the Cipali [Cikampek-Palimanan] and the Cipularang Toll Road sections. Because of that, we will establish the contraflow [lanes]," he said Sugihardjo, adding that the ministry has ordered all construction works to be suspended since last week and prohibited large trucks and cargo vehicles from entering the toll road before 11.59 p.m. on Sunday.
"With these measures, we expect smooth traffic flow to Jakarta," he said.
Jasa Marga predicts that the Eid al-Adha holiday period may see a 25 percent surge in traffic on the Jakarta-Cikampek Toll Road, as many Indonesian Muslims visit their hometowns to celebrate the "Feast of Sacrifice."