The First Twin Tunnels Toll Road in Indonesia Will Be Operating Soon

The Cileunyi - Sumedang - Dawuan Toll Road (PUPR)

The government is speeding up the completion of the Cileunyi – Sumedang – Dawuan Toll Road. The toll road which has twin tunnels is targeted to operate at the end of this year or early 2023.

Currently, the construction of the toll road has reached the completion stage of sections 4, 5 and 6. The operation of this toll road will be key for Kertajati Airport which has been quiet so far due to access problems.

“We plan to finish this December, just because of the rain we have to use materials that can adapt to rain, of course there is a more expensive budget. This BUJT (toll road business entity) is a bit reluctant but yesterday they decided to accept. At the latest it will be January but surely finished,” said the Minister of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Basuki Hadimuljono quoted, Tuesday (6/12/2022).

Basuki explained that the work for sections 1,2,3 had been completed, but the operation would wait for construction 4,5,6 to be completed. So that later it will be fully operational at the targeted time.

“Before 4, 5, 6 I can be sure that it will be finished, I won’t open, let alone being asked for rates. I’m worried that there will be a ‘Brexit’ (cases of accumulation outside the toll gate) leaving Cimalaka (Sumedang) to the national road which might get complicated,” said Basuki .

The length of the Cisumdawu Toll Road is 62 kilometers consisting of 6 sections. Sections 1 Cileunyi – Pamulihan (11.45 km) and 2 Pamulihan – Sumedang (17.5 km) are being worked on by the government. While sections 3 – 6 Sumedang – Dawuan are being worked on by the PT Cipta Karya Jabar Toll Road Business Entity.

In Section 2 of the Cisumdawu Toll Road, there are twin tunnels with a length of 472 meters and a diameter of 14 meters and embankments with a height of up to 46 meters.

The iconic thing about the Cisumdawu toll road is that it is the first toll road section in Indonesia where the longest toll road tunnel has used the New Austrian Tunneling Method (NATM) innovation tunnel technology which has a cut and cover work system.

Furthermore, the progress of a number of toll road projects, including the Patimban Access Toll Road which is in the bidding stage, is expected to sign a concession agreement soon, and is expected to be operational in 2024.

The Patimban Access Toll Road has a length of 37.05 km with a construction cost by the government of IDR 7 trillion for Sections 1 and 2, as well as investment-construction costs by BUJT of IDR 13.99 trillion.

Meanwhile, the Cibitung-Cilincing Toll Road, which will connect access to Tanjung Priok, is expected to operate in early 2023.

“Then the Gedebage-Tasikmalaya-Cilacap (Getaci) Toll Road is currently in the process of reaching financial close,” said Herry.

He said these were the efforts of the PUPR Ministry so that these projects could be built with the existing purchasing power of the people.