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Sanur to Nusa Dua in 5 Minutes?

Access to Nusa Dua Would Change Dramatically if Plans Go Ahead for Bridge Between Turtle Island and Tanjung Benoa.

(12/26/2005) A provincial government official has told the Indonesian-language Bali Bisnis that negotiations are well-advanced on plans to build a bridge connecting Serangan Island and Tanjung Benoa.

The proposed bridge would dramatically shorten the traveling time from Sanur and Denpasar to Nusa Dua via a bridge spanning the narrow port entrance to Benoa harbor. Using two long feeder roads, the actual bridge will only be 40 meters in length, 7.5 meters in width and 47 meters high to permits ships to pass underneath.

According to the provincial official, the total cost of the project is estimated at Rp. 750 billion (approximately US$75 million) with funding proposed to come from the private sector who will charge tolls to recoup their investment.

No details were available on how developers or the Government plan to deal with the substantial access issues in Tanjung Benoa and Serangan Island (Turtle Island) which would arise if the project goes ahead.