President Joko Widodo made a working visit to Aceh, on Tuesday (25/8). Jokowi departed from Halim Perdanakusuma TNI Base, Jakarta, using the Indonesian presidential plane-1 at 08.00 WIB.
Quoted from a written statement from the Palace Press Bureau, Jokowi will go straight to the Blang Bintang toll gate, Aceh Besar Regency. Jokowi will inaugurate the Sigli-Banda Aceh Section 4 toll road that connects Indrapuri-Blang Bintang.
In the afternoon, Jokowi will distribute the president’s assistance for productive micro-businesses and continue by reviewing the handling of Covid-19 in Aceh. He will immediately return to Jakarta this afternoon. During the visit to Aceh, a number of officials who participated included BUMN Minister Erick Thohir, Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko, and Head of Presidential Secretariat Heru Budi Hartono.
PT Hutama Karya Branch Manager of the Sibanceh Toll Road, Jarot Seno Wibawa, said that the freeway will be operated immediately after receiving a visit from the President. “The start of the operation was marked by an inauguration ceremony,” he said, Sunday, August 23, 2020.
Here are some facts about the Sigli-Banda Aceh Toll road:
1. The First Toll Road at the West Edge of RI
Sibanceh is the first toll road built on the western tip of Indonesia. The infrastructure worked on by Hutama Karya and Adhi Karya (Persero) Tbk is part of the PSN national strategic project to support the ease of community mobilization.
2. Start Building 2018
Based on the construction project record, Sibanceh began work in 2018.
3. Length 74.1 Km
This toll road has a length of approximately 74.1 kilometers and is part of the Trans Sumatra Road. Overall, the cultivation of Sibanceh is divided into six sections.
Section 1 extends from Padang Tiji to Seulimeum with a distance of 24.3 kilometers. Then, section 2 Seulimeum-Jantho is 7.6 kilometers long and section 3 Jantho-Indrapuri is 16 kilometers long. Then, section 4 stretches from Indrapuri to Blang Bintang for 13.5 kilometers, section 5 Blang Bintang-Kuto Baro for 7.7 kilometers, and section 6 Kuto Baro-Baitussalam which stretches for 5 kilometers.
4. Investment of IDR 12,944 Trillion
The Sibanceh Toll Road development requires an investment of Rp 12.944 trillion. According to the official website of the Committee for the Acceleration of Priority Infrastructure or KPPIP, this funding scheme uses BUMN assignments.
After operating, the Sibanceh Toll Road will be equipped with two rest areas and services (TIP) or type A rest area. The resting place is located at Jantho-Indrapuri KM 37 and Indrapuri – Blang Bintang KM 54.
In addition, this road will have connecting access consisting of six interchanges and seven toll gates. After operating, the expressway is expected to speed up access to travel from Banda Aceh to Sigli or vice versa.
That way, the existence of roads will encourage ease of logistics distribution. Based on the construction plan, the Sibanceh Toll Road will accommodate an average of 3,000 units of vehicles per day.