ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
Jakarta goes elevated
Sarwo Handayani, head of the Jakarta Development Planning Board (Bappeda), said that the elevated motorways, running a combined 67.9 kilometers and expected to cost Rp 40 trillion ($4.5 billion), would take the total road space from the current 7.2 percent of Jakarta’s overall area of 650 square kilometers, to 10 percent.
“The construction of these six toll roads is part of the wider plan to reduce congestion in Jakarta,” she said.
“It’s impossible for us to build more roads at ground level because this requires appropriating land, which is both difficult to find and time-consuming to free up. That’s why the new toll network will be fully elevated.”
The project was first announced by Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo in June this year. Handayani said that with the City Council’s passage of the 2011-2030 Spatial Master Plan in August, there was finally solid legal standing for the administration to begin putting out the project to a tender.
She added her office was working with the Public Works Ministry on preparing the pre-qualification tender for the construction phase.
“It’s almost ready to go to tender, which means that construction can start soon,” she said, but declined to give a timeline for the tender or construction.
The Jakarta administration has already put together its own consortium to take part in the tender, comprising city-owned contractors Jakarta Propertindo and Pembangunan Jaya. The consortium is called the Jakarta Toll Road Development.
The toll network is being developed to support the TransJakarta busway network by overlapping with existing busway corridors, although it will not have dedicated busway lanes.
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