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Bringing Bali’s North and South Closer

New ‘Shortcut’ Road Planned to Lessen Travel Time between Denpasar and Singarja in Bali

(1/3/2014) The State News Agency Antara reports that the province of Bali will soon buid a “shortcut” road connecting the capital Denpasar, in the south, with the former capital of Singaraja, in the north.

Speaking of the proposed road project, Bali’s deputy-governor Ketut Sudikerta said, “Hopefully, next year we can start to build.”

In addition to shortening travel time between Denpasar and Singaraja, the “shortcut” via Bedugul is also intended to more evenly share economic development to all areas of Bali.

Most economic and tourist development at this time remains heavily focused on the southern part of the island.

Sudikerta added: “If the project’s duration is three years, then in 2017 the new road should be operational.”

Plans are to construct a straight road from Denpasar to Bedugul, Pancasari and Gitgit to Singaraja.

It can now take 3 to 4 hours to travel the distance from Denpasar to Singaraja via roads that are sometimes washed out by landslides during the rainy season.