Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – Nine toll road routes as long as 406.14 kilometers are set to be inaugurated in stages this year as part of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's infrastructure push for better connectivity across the archipelago.
Indonesia Toll Road Authority (BPJT) head Danang Parikesit said the first of nine toll roads to be inaugurated this year was section II of the Cinere – Jagorawi (Cijago) toll road, stretching 5.5 km from Raya Bogor to Kukusan. With progress on the toll road section having reached 100 percent, it is set to be inaugurated this month.
The second toll road to open is the Terbanggi Besar – Pematang Panggang – Kayu Agung toll road, which stretches 189 km. The toll road, which was constructed using Rp 21.95 trillion (US$1.54 billion) in investment, is set to be inaugurated in September.
"During the Idul Fitri holiday this year, the toll road was functionally operational to support the exodus and return traffic. As of today, the construction has reached 94.33 percent," said Danang.
The third toll road is the first toll road in North Sulawesi, which is section 1 to 2A of the Manado – Bitung toll road spanning 22.5 km from Manado to Danowudu. Progress on the toll road section has reached 92.36 percent.
"This first toll road in North Sulawesi is expected to cut travel time from Manado to Bitung from 90-120 minutes previously to around 30 minutes," said Danang.
The fourth toll road to be inaugurated this year is section 2-4 of the Balikpapan – Samarinda toll road in East Kalimantan, which covers 66.4 km and is expected to be launched in October, with progress having reached 96.71 percent.
The fifth and the sixth toll roads to be opened in November are the 11.14 km Kunciran – Serpong toll road in Banten and the 5.1 km section 4 of the Pandaan – Malang toll road, progress on which has reached 94.24 percent and 97.1 percent respectively.
Another toll road to be inaugurated this year is section 1 of the Kayu Agung – Palembang – Betung toll road in South Sumatra, stretching 33.5 km from Kayu Agung – Jakabaring, with the current construction progress at 74.44 percent.
The last two toll roads set to open this year are section 1-2 of the Pekanbaru – Dumai toll road (33.6 km) in Riau, which is now 95 percent complete, and 36.4 km of the Jakarta – Cikampek II toll road, the construction progress of which is now at 91.42 percent.