Bali Post confirms that the new elevated toll way connecting Sanur and Nusa Dua-Benoa will commence construction following a formal groundbreaking ceremony set for August 2011.
The regent of Badung, A.A. Gde Agung, commenting to the press while visiting the Badung House of Representatives (DPRD-Badung) on Friday, July 29, 2011, said the final paperwork for the project is in the hands of the provincial administration. “If the documentation for the toll way is finished, the project can commence. The plans is for an August ground breaking,” explained Gde Agung.
Current estimates are that the project will require 18 months to complete. Developers are racing against the clock, hoping to have the new toll way fully operational in time for the prestigious APEC Summit in 2013.
On matters connected with zoning and land use, Gde Agung is optimistic that the toll way will proceed smoothly even though the road is not contemplated in the RTRW Zoning law of 2009. Because the new road is included in a Presidential regulation its construction takes legal precedence over any regional or provincial regulation.
The elevated toll way between Sanur and Nusa Dua-Benoa is only one of several solutions being pursued to overcome Bali’s worsening traffic congestion problem. Also scheduled to start construction later this year is an underpass at the Dewa Ruci Monument (Simpang Siur) in Kuta.
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