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New Shortcut Route Will Be Built To Combat Bali Tourist Traffic

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The traffic in Bali is nothing shy of infamous.

While dozens of rural and remote areas of the island still see next to no vehicles, in the heart of the tourist resorts, gridlocked traffic congestion is a daily occurrence, and tourists and residents are over it.

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The Canggu area is easily the most congested holiday hotspot on the island. Canggu has undergone a rapid period of growth over the last seven years, and road infrastructure simply cannot keep up with the sheer volume of vehicles. 

Over the last year, frustrated drivers have started taking matters into their own hands. A series of informal shortcut routes have opened up through farmland as the famous Canggu shortcut, the Canggu-Tibubeneng shortcut remained in near constant congestion. 

To help keep traffic flowing along the Umalas Tunon Shortcut a concrete bollard was installed at one end to ensure that only motorcycles can use the route, however, dozens of cars have still attempted to use the route and caused traffic jams as they are forced to reverse back along the road when they realized the concrete bollard on the other end. 

The Head of the Traffic Division of the Badung Transportation Service, I Made Gede Wiryantara Adi Susandi, has told reporters that the Canggu, Berawa, Petitenget, and Dalung areas are the areas most prone to traffic jams in North Kuta.

With this in mind, the Badung Transportation Service has committed to developing a new shortcut route that should change the flow of traffic in and around the resort of Canggu, alleviating traffic jams for residents and tourists. 

Susandi explained “Traffic jams occur in the morning when it’s time to leave for work or school and in the afternoon when it’s time to leave the office. One of the reasons is the increase in the number of motorized vehicles which is not balanced with the size of the road.” 

He continued “The PUPR Department is designing a through road at Simpang Berawa Padonan, Jalan Canggu-Tanah Lot to reduce congestion. The Transportation Department is also making a traffic engineering management design at the intersection for one-way traffic circulation.”

Susan concluded “We have coordinated with the Badung Police regarding the traffic jam problem in Canggu. So traffic engineering will be carried out. The target is that in December the traffic jam can be resolved.”

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Though many Bali lovers fear that with over one million tourists set to arrive in December alone, it may be impossible to read traffic congestion in and around Canggu entirely at such short notice.

For many the news that a new road in Canggu will be well received. Anyone who has spent more than a few days in Canggu will have experienced firsthand the frustrations that come with the traffic congestion and subsequent delays. 


However, many will lament that a new road inevitably means a loss of village and agricultural land. Videos circulating on social media demonstrate all too clearly how quickly Canggu has changed in the last few years.

Once a sleepy coastal village known to surfers and latterly backpackers, Canggu is almost unrecognizable as cafes, hotels, villas, and resorts now stand where rice paddies were. 


Tourists planning their next vacations in Bali, stoically over the festive season, are advised to add extra time for every journey.

Whether it be from the airport to their accommodation or a day trip around the island, traffic is inevitable and as the authorities work to implement new, longer-term solutions, one of the easiest ways to avoid disappointment during a vacation is to allow for more than enough time on the road or avoiding driving during peak rush hours. 

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Jeremy R

Wednesday 22nd of November 2023

That would require planning followed up by implementing the plan.


Tuesday 21st of November 2023

They need to get experts from cities who have experience with city planning. This problem has gotten too far away for local authorities to resolve. These are city problems that require city planning.

The narrative that it's as simple as adding infrastructure also is misguided. How about the many sidewalk projects that shrink a narrow 2 lane road into a 1.5 lane road that create major bottlenecks when 2 cars can not pass each other at the same time. How about training the police force to enforce traffic and road rules and attempt to create flow of traffic. How about punishing illegally parked cars that take up half the road and block flow of traffic. How about working on a driver education campaign. How about installing a properly managed and programmed traffic light grid in every junction. Infrastructure is needed but will also be useless if there's no effort to implement flow of traffic along with it.

That there hasn't been any mention or attention to these issues and that authorities believe that a solution is as rudimentary as they suggest gives me little to no hope of a solution any time soon. A traffic and city/road planning expert needs to be brought in to advise what can and must be done.


Wednesday 22nd of November 2023

@TM, smart, expensive, time-consuming.

Jeremy R

Wednesday 22nd of November 2023

@TM, all good ideas, well overdue but that would require experienced, educated people to implement a comprehensive, well thought out plan.

Jeremy R

Wednesday 22nd of November 2023



Monday 20th of November 2023

Seems like building more roads leads to more traffic.


Saturday 18th of November 2023

Tourists getting lung cancer from the Balinese air pollution should pay USD 10. This would be a fair tax since tourists already pay for everything else in Bali.

Bonus info:

What are the 5 effects of air pollution?

Harming Human Health. Harming Animals and Plants. Causing Acid Rain. Reducing Sunlight. Making a Hole in the Ozone Layer.


Thursday 16th of November 2023

Patchwork at best.

More villas and hotels are already in progress, more people coming to the area, more traffic jams.

Why not set aside land for tourist zones, sell land, then build infrastructure before allowing and buildings to be erected?

Jeremy R

Wednesday 22nd of November 2023



Saturday 18th of November 2023

@Exp, Zoning for all future development, not just tourism, is a great idea. Unfortunately it doesn't help with the existing problems.