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2019 will see nine new toll roads, but that's still not enough to cut logistics costs

  • Riza Roidila Mufti
    Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, August 20, 2019   /  05:25 pm
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The brightly painted East Probolinggo tollgate stands on the Pasuruan-Probolinggo toll road in East Java. Nine new toll roads are to open later this year, but challenges remain in reducing Indonesia's high logistics costs.(The Jakarta Post/Seto Wardhana)

Nine new toll roads in Java, South Sumatra, North Sulawesi and East Kalimantan with a combined length of about 400 kilometers will be inaugurated later this year, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo told his Instagram followers in a message posted last Wednesday. “The toll roads' existence will boost interregional connectivity and improve logistics costs [and] efficiency,” the President said in his Instagram post. The new toll roads, part of the 1,852 km span of toll roads targeted for development in 2015-2019, and include the 5.5 km Cinere-Jagorawi (Cijago) toll road from Kebun Raya Bogor to Kukusan in Depok, the 36.4 km Jakarta-Cikampek II South toll road. The 189 km Terbanggi Besar-Kayu Agung section and the 33.5 km Kayu Agung-Palembang-Betung Section 1, both part of the Bakauheni-Palemb...