JAKARTADAILY.ID – The Minister of Public Works and Housing (PUPR) Basuki Hadimuljono laid the first stone in the construction of the Jagat Kerthi toll road connecting Gilimanuk and Mengwi in Bali on Saturday, September 10, 2022.
Basuki said the Ministry is targeting the construction of the Jagat Kerthi toll road to be finished in 2025.
This will be the widest highway right after the Mandara highway, it will also span the length of 96.8 kilometers.
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“First, definitely quality. As a world tourist, Bali must show that we can build toll roads of the best quality.
Then, the second must also pay attention to aesthetics. Not only road structures. Also, the quality and aesthetics, without compromising the speed of work," said Minister Basuki, reported by pu.go.id, Monday, September 12, 2022.
With an estimated investment cost of Rp. 24.6 trillion, the Gilimanuk - Mengwi Toll Road is targeted for completion in 2028, but Minister Basuki wants all of it to be completed by the end of 2025.
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The Gilimanuk-Mengwi Toll Road is divided into 3 sections. With 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.
The toll road construction process still pays attention to local Balinese wisdom by avoiding holy places and building special two-wheeled lanes for bicycles and motorbikes.
“I am very happy because there will be lanes for motorbikes and bicycles. This is one of our concerns for the social heritage in Bali, so we can quickly arrive at our destination safely while enjoying the natural beauty of Jembrana, Tabanan, and Badung," said Minister Basuki.
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The Gilimanuk - Mengwi Toll Road will be built across 3 regencies, 13 sub-districts, and 58 villages. By empowering 4 Villages in Bali as integrated Rest Areas, each of which has a different concept, namely Jembrana which raises local wisdom.
Head of the Toll Road Regulatory Agency Danang Parikesit added that the Gilimanuk-Mengwi Toll Road will also be equipped with a Multi-Lane Free Flow (MLFF) system. So transactions are not carried out through toll gates, but through Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology which is integrated through the smartphone application and read via satellite.
"The plan is for this toll road to have a new system implemented. So if later there is a toll gate, it will only serve as a marker. Not to perform the transaction function," said Danang.
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