The island of Java is on the verge of being connected through a comprehensive southern cross-route that will span from the northern edge of Banten to the southern tip of Banyuwangi in East Java. President Joko Widodo confidently stated that this ambitious project is expected to be completed within the current year.
During the inauguration of the Kretek II Bridge in Bantul, President Jokowi expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “Yes, this is the southern cross-route, stretching from the edge of Banten all the way to the tip of Banyuwangi in East Java. It will be fully completed by the end of this year.” The president’s reassurance highlights the government’s commitment to enhancing transportation infrastructure and connectivity across the region.
President Widodo further elaborated on the progress of the southern cross-route, revealing that only a remaining 14 kilometers in Yogyakarta and an additional 24 kilometers in East Java are yet to be connected. With a total length of 1,605 kilometers, the South Coast Route (known as Pantai Selatan or Pansela) holds great potential for streamlining logistical operations and facilitating the seamless movement of people and goods.
The completion of this vital transportation network is expected to yield significant benefits, including improved efficiency in logistics, enhanced regional mobility, and increased competitiveness of products originating from the southern region of Java. By establishing an integrated road system, the project aims to create new avenues for economic growth and development.
Among the notable infrastructure developments within the southern cross-route is the Kretek II Bridge, which serves as a pivotal connection point. This impressive bridge spans the Opak River in Kepanewon Kretek, Bantul, linking Parangtritis Beach with Samas. Its strategic location enables smoother access to various destinations, bolstering regional connectivity.
The Kretek II Bridge, as part of the larger southern cross-route project, is designed to withstand potential seismic activity. With a length of approximately 600 meters, the bridge project encompasses a comprehensive coverage of 2.6 kilometers, overseen by the Ministry of Public Works and Housing (Kementerian PUPR). The meticulous engineering and construction efforts ensure the bridge’s resilience and its ability to withstand earthquakes, given its proximity to the active Opak Fault zone.
Financially, the construction of the Kretek II Bridge was made possible through a loan of IDR 364 billion from the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB). The substantial investment signifies the Indonesian government’s commitment to advancing infrastructure and promoting sustainable development across the country.
In addition to accommodating vehicular traffic, the Kretek II Bridge also prioritizes the safety and convenience of pedestrians. The bridge features a dedicated pedestrian pathway, thoughtfully designed with barriers to ensure the separation of pedestrian and vehicular flows.
The ongoing development of the southern cross-route serves as a testament to the Indonesian government’s dedication to transforming transportation infrastructure and fostering regional connectivity. This ambitious project not only promotes economic growth but also enhances accessibility and mobility for residents and businesses alike, ultimately driving progress and prosperity in the region.