The Ministry of Public Works is developing plans for a toll road to connect Bali’s western ferry crossing point of Gilimanuk with the island’s capital of Denpasar. The proposed toll road would facilitate the large number of domestic visitors traveling from Java by private vehicles and bus.
Quoted in Beritabali.com, The Deputy-minister for Public Works, Dr. Ahmad Hermanto Dardak, speaking that the Werdha Pura Hotel in Sanur of June 14, 2012, said: “The building of a toll road to connect Gilimanuk and Denpasar is still in the early phase of study and review. Any development will take place in stages.”
Hermanto said the Gilimanuk to Denpasar road way was just part of an overall plan to modernize Bali’s infrastructure.
The Deputy-minister added: “Modernization demands express roads where lands and the (proposed) roadway are compatible. With the creation of the proposed road, the distance between Gilmanuk and Denpasar and onward to Padang Bai will be quicker to travel.”
In addition to a toll way between Gilimanuk and Denpasar, the Ministry of Public Works is examining a number of road infrastructure projects in Bali, including new road projects in Denpasar and the Badung regency.
“We plan that Denpasar will become part of a metropolitan area integrated with Badung and other areas. With the repair of the road infrastructure we hope will make Bali attractive (as a destination) well into the future. The development of roads in Bali will also support the quickly developing tourism infrastructure in Bali,” said Hermanto.
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