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Overloaded Trucks Destroying Bali's Roads

Expert Says 90% of Trucks on Bali's Roads Overloaded and Causing Serious Damage to 22% of Island Highways.

(4/16/2011) The poor state of many roads in Bali is blamed on the blatant disregard of maximum weight limitations by trucks traveling the island's thoroughfares. According to Beritabali.com, an estimated 90% of these trucks are in violation of the maximum weight limitations imposed on every vehicle.

The chief of the Public Works Department of Bali, told the press on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, that the maximum tonnage permitted on any truck is 8.6 tons, a figure regularly surpassed by many trucks carrying as much as 14 tons. Because of this, Asa says most highways in Bali are badly damaged after less than 10 years use.

He explained: "If we look at the large percentage of damaged roads against the planned life of ten years for a new road, we know from experience that if weight limitations are violated the roads will be destroyed in much less time than 10 years with continuous repairs needed every year. The destruction of the roads (in this way) compels us to make stronger roads that cost more to construct."

Asa went on to explain that almost 180 kilometers of the island's roads are now in a badly damaged state. This represents 22% of the estimated 883 kilometers of total road network existing in Bali.