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Cutting Travel Times in Bali

Governor Urging New Over-the-Sea Toll Road to Connect Kuta and Jembrana in West Bali

(10/27/2013) After the successful opening and commence of operations of the Mandara Toll Road connecting Sanur and Nusa Dua, the provincial government of Bali is now examining constructing another toll way connecting Kuta – Soka (Tabanan) – Perkutatan (Jembrana).

The proposed west coast toll way would cover 70-kilometers and relieve congestion on for vehicle traveling to and from Gilmanuk, the crossing point to Java.

The proposed roadway was already been discussed on the Cabinet level with the Minister of Public Works.

According to NusaBali, Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika revealed the plans for the new road on Monday, October 21, 2013 after addressing a joint session of the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali).

Using the same development model used for the Mandara Toll Road, the new toll road would be built using a business consortium, with possible supplemental support from the Central budget.

Quoted by NusaBali, Pastika said: “I recommend we build the Pantai Kuta – Pantai Soka – Pantai Pekutatan Toll Road. This will be a road over the ocean. From Kuta Beach the road would penetrate to Perkutatan – a distance of 70 kilometers.”

Pastika emphasized that the Kuta-Soka toll road is being proposed because the social impact (of the construction) would be minimal and the cost of construction would be less than an overland road requiring large amounts of land acquisition.

Pastika added, “Once the Jalan Bypass IB Mantra was built, left and right of the road became congested and the land was grabbed up.” Because the proposed new toll road would be built along the ocean’s edge there will be no need to acquire land and less threat of development along the road’s edge.

The roadway, said Pastika, is being considered by the Department of Public Works together with a proposed monorail system. “Whichever is the most relevant, that is what will be built,” explained the Governor.

When the Governor was asked about the possibility of public debate emerging over plans for the west coast toll road, he answered that such a polemic was always a possibility.

“Everything begins with a dream. Someone must be brave enough to dream,” said Pastika. Referring to Indonesia’s Minister of State-owned Enterprises, Pastika continued: “Dahlan Iskan can become a Cabinet Minister after being only a reporter. If he can do that, why can we do the same? But, don’t dream for too long. If we only dream, nothing gets built.”

Pastika said that at Soka Beach on the proposed road an interchange would be installed to access on and off the proposed toll road. Other short cuts could be placed at Selemadeg, Tabanan.

Pastika said that if the toll way was built the current travel time of 3 hours between Denpasar-Tabanan-Jembrana could be substantially reduced.

Pastika’s proposal mirrors proposals from Jakarta to construct a toll road connecting Denpasar to the Port of Gilimanuk.

Current informal estimates of building a toll road from Denpasar to Jembrana have been put at Rp. 6 trillion (US$545 million).