The Christmas and New Year holidays are predicted to cause heavy traffic jams. To anticipate, the toll operator, Jasa Marga, will operate the Jakarta-Cikampek or Japek II South Toll Road section 3 Sadang-Kutanegara free of charge.
The Main Director of Jasa Marga Subakti Syukur said the Sadang-Kutanegara Toll Road will be opened functionally to anticipate congestion during the holidays.
Sukti revealed that currently the company is accelerating the completion of the project and will begin opening on December 18, 2022, which coincides with the 2022 Christmas period.
Sukti said, during the operation, no fees were charged or free. “Use of the toll road is still free or free of charge. Because the toll road is not yet officially operational,” he said.
Sukti explained that the company predicts the peak of the 2022 Christmas homecoming flow will start on December 23, 2022. Meanwhile, the 2023 New Year holidays will start on December 30, 2022. Meanwhile, the return flow of the 2022 Christmas holidays will occur on December 25, 2022, and the 2023 New Year holidays on January 1, 2023.
He explained, for homecoming or vehicles leaving Jakarta, Bogor, Tangerang, and Bekasi (Jabotabek) through 4 main gates, an estimated 2.73 million vehicles. This figure rose 2.6% compared to Christmas and New Year 2021, which amounted to 2.6 million, an increase of 8.4% compared to normal conditions of 2.5 million vehicles.
The traffic volume distribution to the east or trans-Java is 47%, to the west or Merak is 30.6%, and to the south or Ciawi is 22.4%.
As for the return flow of vehicles returning to the Greater Jakarta area through the 4 main gates, it is estimated that there will be 2.71 million vehicles. This figure rose 1.2% compared to Nataru 2021, which had 2.6 million vehicles, an increase of 9% compared to normal days of 2.48 million vehicles.
The volume distribution of backflow traffic from the East or Trans Java is 47.4%, the West or Merak is 30.1%, and the South or Clawi is 22.5%.