PT Waskita Karya (Persero) Tbk by its subsidiary PT Waskita Toll Road announced that since January 8, 2022, some improvements are being carried out along the Kayu Agung - Palembang - Betung (Kapal Betung) toll road. After the accident at the Kapal Betung section on Friday (7/1), WST has alerted the repair team and the patrol team to repair the damaged road and add traffic signs along the toll road. The Addition of traffic signs is Intended to provide information for the road users to be more careful due to road improvements, so it is necessary to reduce vehicle speed.
President Director of PT Waskita Sriwijaya Tol (WST), Herwidiakto explained the strategy for permanent repair of damaged roads, especially on the KM 362+800 B Betung Ship section, namely by using Coldmix Baro-Baro asphalt from Korea on roads that have cracks or potholes that with time only can be Used a few hours immediately. "Our target is that all potholes and damage in the Kapal Betung section can be closed by the End of January 2022. After that, if new damage is Found within four days, it will be immediately covered with Coldmix asphalt with a maximum target time of fewer than 1×24 hours. This Target exceeds the Minimum Service Standards (SPM), For toll roads where the SPM for road repairs is 2 × 24 hours a maximum. So it is hoped that the Betung Ship Section can reach zero potholes in the future, "explained Herwidiakto.
To increase the vigilance of road users when driving, WST has increased the number of traffic signs by 250 RC, 100 signposts, and 100 stick lamps that will light up at night along toll roads, as well as appeals for vehicle speed limits through banners and VMS. Four (4) Sign Patrol teams have been Formed consisting of two (2) Contractor QHSE (Quality, Health, Safety, and Environment) elements Teams, two (2) QHSE element teams for Toll Road Business Entities (BUJT) operating 1×24 o'clock. The Patrol Team is Tasked also with maintaining and repairing damaged signs and re-installing missing signs. Thickening and increasing supervision of the function of these signs will be assisted by toll road operations vehicles in the field and operates 24 hours a day.
Herwidiakto explained after the Accident on 2022 January 7th WST has communicated with the Families of the victims and urges the public to wait for the results of the investigation by the Police. "We will not deny the alleged cause of the Accident. We are currently waiting for the results of the police investigation. We ask that the public can wait for the results of the investigation that is still being carried out," said Herwidiakto.