On October 1, 2104 Bali’s only toll way – The Bali Mandara Toll Road will celebrate its first anniversary.
The road over Benoa Bay was built at a cost of Rp. 2.5 trillion (US$217 million) in order to reduce severe traffic congestion in the Island’s southern region.
Despite the construction of the toll way and new underpass traffic congestion remains a problem as evidenced during the just completed Idul Fitri holidays.
When the toll road was initially opened, managers targeted a traffic volume of 39,000 vehicles each day as being needed to cover operating costs and make a return on the investment to shareholders. Traffic volumes in March (33,662 vehicles) and May (36,509) continue to fall short of these expectations.
The managers of the toll way claim the failure to meet targeted vehicle volume was a failure on their part to calculate the impact of the new Dewi Ruci Underpass.
Planning ahead, the toll operators are targeting a volume of 44,000 vehicles each day comprised of 45% motorcycles and 55% four-wheeled vehicles.
In order to increase loads even further a traffic study review is planned for later this year and a publicity campaign to encourage higher usage of the roadway.
Will the toll road increase its rates? A spokesman for PT Jasa Marga Bali Tol told Radar Bali that increases do not typically take place during the first two years of a new road’s operation.
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