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Road projects accelerated prior to APEC

(Balitrips.net) / 18 Feb 2013
Road projects accelerated prior to APECAside from the toll road connecting Benoa, Ngurah Rai International Airport and Nusa Dua, as well as underpass at the Dewa Ruci intersection, Bali will see other road projects completed before the island hosts the APEC Summit in October.

The Public Works Ministry is to build a new road connecting Jl. Mahendradatta and Jl. Sunset Road to ease the traffic gridlock in the surrounding areas. The construction of the 1.2-kilometer road was targeted to start by the end of next month, said Juni Wahyudiono, the ministry’s official who is leading the project.

“The bidding is still underway. We expect to get the company [winning the bid] soon, followed by the signing of the work contract, we will start working around the end of March,” Juni told Bali Daily.

The road to be constructed is the continuation of the West Ring Road project (WRR) that ended on Jl. Mahendradatta. The project was halted several years ago due to problems with land acquisition.

“We aim to continue the WRR project. So far, we have acquired land along 300 meters of the Sunset Road area, and are still in the process of acquiring the rest of the land needed to build the road,” Juni explained, adding that the ministry and the Denpasar municipality were still working on the acquisition of the remaining land.

The new road is expected to break the gridlock around Jl. Imam Bonjol, as it will provide a new alternative route. It is also expected to ease traffic at the end of the Dewa Ruci underpass heading to Jl. Sunset Road.

Another road improvement will take place at the Uluwatu intersection leading to the Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) cultural park in Jimbaran.

The improvement of the three-kilometer route will be carried out simultaneously with the Sunset Road-Mahendradatta project.

According to Juni, the ministry’s task force for road improvement was also working on other projects to improve road safety, including on Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai in Pesanggaran heading to Sanur, as well as in Nusa Dua and along Jl. Raya Kuta.

“Our target is to complete all these projects by August. These are part of the infrastructure preparation for the APEC Summit,” he said.

There are two major infrastructure projects currently taking place in the southern part of the island, both of which are targeted for completion before the summit: Construction of the underpass at the Dewa Ruci intersection and an elevated toll-road built over the sea to connect Benoa with Ngurah Rai airport and Nusa Dua.

Hendro Satrio, project leader for the Dewa Ruci underpass, said completion of the project now had reached around 85 percent.

He said the two projects (the underpass and the toll-road) would not be enough to solve the traffic problems in southern Bali. Therefore, the ministry was set to carry out other projects within the next few years.

“Traffic congestion not only occurs around Kuta and on the way to Nusa Dua, but also in some other areas, including around Jl. Imam Bonjol and the Pesanggaran intersection.”


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