Ambitious Road Project Part of a Giant Aceh to Eastern Indonesia Trans National Highway Project.
Bali News: Building the Bali Nusa Raya Highway
(2/16/2008) The National Road Building Agency for Indonesia's 8th District will soon begin realizing the construction and upgrading of 3,000 kilometers of majors road stretching from Bali's western port of Gilimanuk to Atambua in West Timor.
The entire road project, scheduled to get underway in March 2008, will cost Rp. 730 billion (US$79.34 million), allocated to be paid from the 2008 State Budget.
The project is broken into three phases: 500 kilometers of major roads in Bali; 500 kilometers of roads in West Nusa Tenggara and 2,000 kilometers of roads in East Nusa Tenggara.
The Bali segment of the project will consume Rp. 130 billion (US$12 million) with special emphasis promised on "blackspots" – areas near Tabanan with high levels of accidents – and the widening of roads across the Island.
Phase II of the project will improve roads throughout Lombok and Sumbawa, costing an estimated Rp. 200 billion (US$21.8 million).
The third and final phase of the road project will address 2,000 kilometers on Flores, Lembata and Alor and will cost Rp. 400 billion (US$43.5 million).