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Jakarta Post

Only 258 km of toll roads built in 2020

  • Norman Harsono


Jakarta   /   Thu, January 14 2021   /  01:00 am
Vehicles pass on the Jakarta-Cikampek II elevated toll road in Bekasi, West Java on April 22, 2020. The National Police's traffic corps is planning to close the elevated toll road starting Friday to discourage people from returning to their hometown following the government's ban on mudik (exodus).(Antara/Fakhri Hermansyah)

Indonesia added 258 kilometers of toll roads in 2020, short of the government’s target, as the country strove to continue infrastructure development in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak, Indonesia Toll Road Authority (BPJT) announced. BPJT data published on Friday show that, with the latest addition, the country’s toll roads at the end of 2020 stretched a combined 2,346 km, which compares to 2,088 km in December 2019. The longest toll road operating in 2020 was the 131.69-km-long Pekanbaru–Dumai road in Riau. Most of the new roads are in Java and Sumatra, the country’s two most populated islands, except for the 26.35-km-long Manado–Danowudu section of the Manado-Bitung toll road in Sulawesi. “The tendency abroad is that toll roads support freight vehicles. These enable better, faster services than non-toll roads,” said BPJT head Danang...