New Bali Toll Road – Plans for Bali North-South Toll Road Shift from Seaside Route to Inland Foothills
Bali Deputy Governor Ketut Sudikerta was quoted by the State News Agency Antara as saying plans to build a number of roads to Bali’s North have been altered from originally following a coastal route to new plans that will traverse Bali’s mountainous core.
In meetings with local tourism officials, Sudikerta said the change in plans to move proposed toll roads to inland routes was the result of feasibility studies that deemed coastal routes as non-viable for reasons of costs.
“While the original plans were to build new toll roads on the beachside, the cost of land acquisition for coastal routes proved too expensive forcing the decision to pick the cheaper inland routes for road construction,” explained the Deputy Governor.
As a result, new plans will see the planned north-south route pass a number of foothills in the area of Gilimanuk in the regency of Karangasem. The new road route will travel from Pekutatan-Seririt, Bangli-Kubutambahan, Baturi-Gatsu Denpasar.
Sudikerta explained that the foothills of Bali’s mountains are occupied by State-owned land making right-of-way acquisition less problematic.
Earlier, the Provincial Government planned to construct four toll ways covering a total length of 156.7 kilometers. Those plans traveled on routes over four sectors: Kuta-Canggu-Tanah Lot-Soka measuring 28 kilometers, Soka-Pekutatan (25,1 kilometers), Pekutatan-Gilimanuk (54,4 kilometers), and Pekutatan-Lovina (46,7 kilometers).
After an initial feasibility study was conducted it was determined that cost of land acquisition would be very high. For instance, if the toll road transverses the Badung Regency the cost of one are (100 square meters) is Rp. 3 billion.