Jakarta. The Jakarta administration on Friday (08/04) began construction of two additional elevated ramp roads in Semanggi, South Jakarta, which is expected to ease congestion ahead of the 2018 Asian Games.
The project, slated to cost Rp 360 billion ($27.4 million), is fully funded by Mitra Panca Persada, a subsidiary of Japanese firm Mori Building. Construction will be completed by state-owned Wijaya Karya.
The developer is estimated to be compensated Rp 570 billion while Rp 200 million will be spent on infrastructure, such as gutters along Jalan Sudirman and Thamrin.
The two new ramps will serve vehicles heading from Grogol in West Jakarta to Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, and Pancoran, South Jakarta, to the Monas area in Central Jakarta.
"These two roads will alleviate heavy traffic congestion," Yusmada Faizal, head of road agency Bina Marga, said on Friday on the sidelines of the constructions groundbreaking ceremony.
He expects the project to be completed by mid-August next year.
The West to South Jakarta ramp is planned to be 769 meters long and between 6 and 11 meters high. The other ramp is 826 meters with a height of up to 11.45 meters.
Police temporarily closed access from Jalan Thamrin and Jalan Sudirman in Central Jakarta to Cawang in East Jakarta.