Construction of New Toll Roads Aims to Shorten Travel Time

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The government is accelerating the completion of several toll road constructions. A total of 19 new toll roads will operate this year. In addition to leveling the regional economy, this new toll road is designed to shorten travel time from one area to another.

Some of these toll roads can cut travel time by up to half of the normal travel time. What are they?

Jakarta – Cikampek (Japek) II South Toll Road

This road is currently under construction, which is expected to reduce the traffic load of the existing lane which is often jammed. Even making a trip to Bandung can be taken from 2.5 hours – 3 hours to 4 hours because of traffic jams.

If fully connected in the future, this toll road is designed to reach 62 km, which can cut the travel time from Jakarta – Bandung to 1 hour.

“This is a meeting between Jakarta and Cipularang. The maximum speed plan here is 80 km per hour and the distance is 62 km. So, it takes about 45 minutes to arrive from Jakarta to Bandung. It is faster,” said the Technical Director of PT Jasa Marga South Japek, Bambang Sulistyo, quoted on Tuesday. (18/10/2022).

This toll road is also connected to the JORR 2 toll road network, namely the Cimanggis-Cibitung toll road and the Purbaleunyi toll road. So vehicles coming from the BSD area to Pondok Indah no longer need to turn at the Cikunir intersection but can go directly to Jatiasih Bekasi, until they pass through the Sadang Purwakarta area.

Toll Road to Tanjung Lesung

The Serang – Panimbang toll road is also being accelerated and is targeted to operate in 2024. Currently, section 1 of the 26.5 km Serang-Rangkasbitung has been operating since 2021.

While the remaining sections 2 Rangkasbitung-Cileles 24 km, and section 3 Cileles-Panimbang will operate in April 2024.

Once fully connected, the Serang-Panimbang Toll Road will connect the DKI Jakarta area with the Tanjung Lesung Special Economic Zone (SEZ).

Tanjung Lesung SEZ is the first Tourism SEZ and was inaugurated in operation in February 2015. This SEZ has a strategic location and easy access, which is 170 km from the capital city of Jakarta and can be reached by road for 2.5-3 hours.

Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said the construction of the Serang-Panimbang toll road section 3, namely the Cileles-Panimbang section, will support tourism growth in Banten.

Luhut is optimistic that the area can become a tourist destination considering that it is not too far from Jakarta.

Second Toll Road in Bali

The 96.8 km Gilimanuk – Mengwi toll road, which construction began last September, is expected to be able to facilitate connectivity, to relieve traffic jams on the national route. Especially from Gilimanuk port to Mengwi, Badung district, Bali.

“The second toll road in Bali can cut Gilimanuk’s journey to Mengwi from 5-7 hours to 1.5-2 hours,” quoted the PUPR Ministry’s Twitter account.

This toll road is targeted for completion in 2028, but PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono wants it to be completed by the end of 2025.

In the future, it will not only be for four-wheelers or more who can pass this toll road but motorbikes and bicycles can also pass.

As for the estimated investment cost for the construction of this toll road, it is Rp. 24.6 trillion, the construction of which is divided into 3 sections. Namely Section 1 Gilimanuk-Pekutatan along 53.6 km, Section 2 Pekutatan-Soka along 24.3 km, and Section 3 Soka-Mengwi along 18.9 km.