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Bali Aims To Complete New Toll Road By 2025

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Bali Government officials held a press event on Saturday, 10th September, celebrating the official start of the Jagat Kerthi Bali Toll Road construction. The road will connect Gilimanuk-Mengwi and is set to be built in record time. The project was planned to start in June 2022, and officials marked the beginning of construction this weekend. 

Toll Road In Bali From Above Many Roads Crossing

Governor Wayan Koster was joined by officials from the department of transport and the Minister of Public Works and Housing (PUPR) Basuki Hadimuljono. The road will run for over 90km and increase connectivity within the Province of Bali.

The Jagat Kerthi Bali Toll Road construction was listed on the national strategic projects list in 2021 and survived the cuts ordered by President Joko Widodo earlier in the year. President Widodo axed several big development projects from the list, including North Bali Airport, citing that insufficient progress had been made. 

Ariel View Of Gilimanuk Area In Bali Where Toll Road Will Be Developed

Minister Hadimuljono told the press on Saturday that he has set a strict timeline in place for the project. ‘I ask for the 96.21-kilometer toll road to be completed immediately because this is a necessity for the community so that it can be completed by 2025’. 

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During the press conference, Governor Koster publicly addressed the project’s chief executive, Tito Sulistyo. He said he expects hard graft from everyone involved to complete the infrastructure needed to connect the three regencies. The Jagat Kerthi Bali Toll Road runs from Gilimanuk-Mengwi and will traverse three regencies; Jembrana, Tabanan, and Badung. The project is estimated to cost IDR 24 trillion and has been designed for efficiency while avoiding holy sites. 

Landscape Of Rural Area Of Tabanan Regency In Bali

Governor Koster said, ‘I have given directions to all officials not to play around in this work process, especially officials in the Jembrana, Tabanan, and Badung regencies. Regents, sub-district heads, village heads, and customary village chiefs must work focused, sincere, and straight so that this process can be carried out smoothly and receive the blessing of the universe’.

The road will pass through 13 sub-districts and 58 villages; the infrastructure development will undoubtedly cause upheaval and disturbances for the community, least not during the construction period. Communities, local government, and construction contractors will have to cooperate for many months to come. 

Horizontal closeup photo of two men working in a dug out area of land on a building construction site with machinery in a street in Ubud, Bali on a sunny day in Summer.

Governor Koster continued to say ‘The positive impact of increasing development investment, increasing employment opportunities, efficiency in logistics travel time will be able to trigger the emergence of new destinations and the growth of new economic centers, and balance development between regions in Bali,’

Speaking in March 2022, the head of the regulatory agency for Indonesia’s toll roads, Danang Parikesit, told reports a rough plan for the developmental stages of the Jagat Kerthi Bali Toll Road’s construction. He said ‘Section 1 will contact Gilimanuk and Petutatan with a length of 54.7km, section 2 will be 23.17km and connect Petutatan with Soka, finally section 2 will be 18.9km and connect Soka and Mengwi’. 

Aerial view ferry port gilimanuk with ferry boats, vehicles. Ferries transport vehicles and passengers in port. Port for departure from Bali to the island of Java.

The toll road will provide access for public transportation, cars, and trucks. The road will incorporate lanes for mopeds and even bicycles. It is hoped that the road will cut travel time from Gilimanuk to Mengwi to one hour, to an hour and a half depending on the vehicle.

The construction of the Jagat Kerthi Bali Toll Road is the first of many huge strides Bali intends to take in terms of infrastructural developments. Last week the Head of the Bali Provincial Transportation Service, IGW Samsi Gunarta, announced that his teams are conducting a feasibility study on the potential development of an electric train network.


The train line would run from I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport to central Seminyak. Plans shared by Gunarta showed that the tramline would also stop at Central Parking, Renon, Sanur, and Benoa’. 

The project will require, in Gunarta’s words, ‘big money’.  It is hoped that should the project go ahead, it would be a complementary development to investments like the Jagat Kerthi Bali Toll Road.

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Wednesday 14th of September 2022

Crap. The government has still not settled with the land owners of over 50% of the proposed route. Besides if the object is to reduce congestion it should be built from Mengwi to the start of the Ida Bagus Mantra Freeway.

Pan Demi

Tuesday 13th of September 2022

then be prepared for severe traffic jams to the total along the tourist route even to the outskirts especially on peak season... and the death of local vehicle rental businesses, especially cars.


Thursday 7th of March 2024

@Pan Demi, It's definitely possible for local businesses to adapt and find new streams of income, especially in areas with high traffic. Local entrepreneurs often have a good understanding of their community's needs and are adept at identifying opportunities. Bandung for the example, despite increased traffic congestion, the number of cafes and restaurants in Bandung has been on the rise. This suggests that local businesses are indeed finding ways to cater to the needs of both locals and tourists despite the challenges posed by traffic. Adapting to changing circumstances is a key trait of successful businesses, and with creativity and innovation, entrepreneurs can often thrive even in challenging environments.


Tuesday 13th of September 2022

The toll road terminate at Mengwi around 9km west of Ubud and 20km from central Denpasar. Unless "Feeder" roads are developed traffic jams to enter/exit the toll road is guaranteed. Just look at Jl Sunset terminating randomly at border Seminyak.


Tuesday 13th of September 2022

Excellent can't wait for a safer and less tiring drive

Wayan Bo

Tuesday 13th of September 2022

Down to Key West.