The beach resort of Sanur in Bali is one of the most family-friendly travel destinations on the island.
Laid back, with pristine beaches and plenty of resorts to choose from, it is easy to see why Sanur is the destination of choice for hundreds of thousands of families every year.
And things are about to get even better.
The Provincial Government has confirmed that the much-anticipated project to build a new main road in Sanur will be going ahead.
The sections of road will total 6km and will help divert tourist traffic away from residential and transportation traffic, which will hopefully alleviate much of the congestion in the area.
The Acting Governor of Bali, Sang Made Mahendra Jaya, visited Sanur Harbor late last week and has just spoken to the media about his observations.
He said that the road will also help boost tourism in Nusa Penida as the road will run directly to the port.
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Much of the traffic congestion in Sanur is generated by vehicles transporting tourists to Sanur Habour to catch a fast boat ferry to the outlying islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Lembongan.
At the moment, Bali Airport is receiving around 18,000 arrivals a day, and Sanur Harbor is processing around 12,000 people across arrivals and departures.
Acting Governor Jaya met with the Head of the Public Works, Spatial Planning, Housing and Settlement Department for Bali (PUPRKIM). Nusakti Masa Wedha outlined where the project is at and what Bali lovers can expect in the coming months.
Wedha said, “If land acquisition [for the road] is expensive we will collaborate with the community, we don’t think about land acquisition [as a problem]”.
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Acting Governor Jaya and Wedha were joined by the Head of the Benoa Harbor, Sadeli.
Sanur Harbor is currently managed by the same authority as Benoa Harbor and both are undergoing a period of expansion.
Between the new Sanur Harbor opening in November 2022 and 15th September 2023, the port has served 2.75 million passengers, all of whom have used the small roads that lead into the harbor.
The new 6km stretches of road will massively improve tourists’ experience of Sanur Beach and the surrounding resorts, as well as make it easier than ever to travel to the stunning islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Lembongan.
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The road will be built in two parts. The first is to build a bypass-style route on land that is currently not being used.
The second part will go directly into Sanur Harbor and include a bridge that will fly over existing transport routes.
The project’s feasibility study will be completed by the end of the year, and leaders hope that construction can get underway in early 2023.
It seems that 2024 is shaping up to be another huge year for development in Bali, and something tourists planning their trip must be aware of.
It is not only the new road in Sanur that is planned for next year but more work on the roads around Kuta Beach and a massive project in the Bukit Peninsula on the roads that lead to the resorts in and around Uluwatu.
Last week, the Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, had a productive meeting with the Acting Governor Jaya.
They agreed that Bali is at risk of being in a state of near-constant gridlock by 2027 if urgent action is not taken to scale up infrastructure that supports tourism on the island.
They focused their discussion on the new railway line that will also be built next year.
But concerned business owners and tourists in Bali want to see solutions delivered more quickly.
The Chairman of the Bali Villa Association, I Putu Gede Hendrawan, has recently spoken out about how the traffic issues of the island risk tarnishing the public image of the tourism sector.
He’s calling for the quality of the infrastructure to match the quality of the hospitality experiences on the island.
He said, “We are bored here having to go through congested routes so we often look for alternate routes, especially for those who have limited vacation time.”
He added, “Because of traffic jams, we have to spend so much more time on the roads.”
Hendrawan is calling for more investment from the government and to take firmer action on drivers who violate traffic rules, which plays an undeniable role in the amount of congestion on the roads.
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