Gardaanimalia.com – Wildlife crossings have been constructed alongside the construction of the Trans Sumatra Toll Road (JTTS) in order to minimize the risk of accidents between animals and motorists. Toll Road Manager PT Hutma Karya is responsible for the development of these wildlife crossings.
Executive Vice President Corporate Secretary of Hutma Karya, Tjahjo Purnomo, stated that the company built the crossings to safeguard the animal ecosystem surrounding the toll road. The crossings are specifically located on the Pekanbaru-Dumai toll road and the Sigli-Banda Aceh toll road.
Tjahjo expressed his hopes that these wildlife crossings would facilitate the smooth movement of animals from one habitat to another. Additionally, a layered wire guard fence has been installed along this section of the toll road to prevent animals from entering. Patrol officers, security personnel, and toll road authorities are responsible for monitoring the guardrail. Cooperation with Brimob under Operation Control (BKO) has also been established.
Regular monitoring of the main road railings is conducted to prevent any damage or theft. This monitoring is also carried out on other sections of the toll road, including the Terbangi Besar-Pematang Panggang-Kayu Agung Toll Road, Palembang-Indralay Toll Road, Bengkulu-Taba Penanjung Toll Road, and Sigli-Band Aceh Toll Road.
It’s important to note that these wildlife crossings can also be utilized by livestock. Tjahjo mentioned that the company has conducted outreach efforts to educate local communities, RT/RW administrators, and village officials on the importance of ensuring that their animals do not enter the toll lane. This is essential in order to protect both road users and toll road managers, as well as the animal owners themselves.
In accordance with Article 1368 of the Civil Code, which states that owners are responsible for any damage caused by their livestock, the company has appealed to toll road users to remain calm, reduce speed, and avoid honking their horns when they encounter animals crossing the road.
Q: Why were wildlife crossings constructed on the Trans Sumatra Toll Road?
A: Wildlife crossings were built to reduce the risk of accidents between animals and motorists, thereby protecting the animal ecosystem surrounding the toll road.
Q: Which toll road sections are equipped with wildlife crossings?
A: The wildlife crossings are located on the Pekanbaru-Dumai toll road and the Sigli-Banda Aceh toll road.
Q: How are animals prevented from entering the toll road?
A: A layered wire guard fence has been installed along the toll road section to prevent animals from entering. Additionally, patrol officers, security personnel, and toll road authorities monitor the guardrail to ensure its effectiveness.
Q: Are there any efforts to educate the local community about the importance of not allowing their livestock to enter the toll lane?
A: Yes, PT Hutma Karya has conducted outreach efforts to educate local communities, RT/RW administrators, and village officials to encourage them to prevent their animals from entering the toll lane.
Q: What should toll road users do when they encounter animals crossing the road?
A: Toll road users should remain calm, reduce their speed, and avoid honking their horns when they see animals crossing the road.