Right on Friday, March 8, 2019, Indonesia is back in history with regard to infrastructure in which Indonesia has the longest toll that will soon be enjoyed by the public. Although not along the world’s longest toll PAN American Highway, but the longest toll in Indonesia is claimed to be able to increase investment and simultaneously increase the economy in the tourism sector. The longest toll road in Indonesia is called the Trans-Sumatra Toll Road for the Bakauheni-Terbanggi section (Lampung Toll Road).
The Lampung Toll Road has a length of 140.9 kilometers stretching from the JTTS continuation section in the Lampung and South Sumatra regions namely Terbanggi Besar-Pematang Panggang along 112 km, Pematang Panggang-Kayu Agung (85 km), and Kayu Agung-Palembang (33.5 km).
Bakauheni-Terbanggi Toll Road is divided into several segments, namely Bakauheni-Sidomulyo along 39.4 km, Sidomulyo-Kota Baru (40.6 km), Kota Baru-Metro (29 km), and Metro-Terbanggi Besar (31.9 km). The megaproject that began in 2015 was worked on by PT Hutama Karya.
PT Hutama Karya Tol’s Branch Head for the Bakauheni-Terbanggi section, Hanung Hanindito, said that after the inauguration of the toll road it will operate immediately. While the road users can enjoy the toll for free until the toll tariff determination is issued by the Ministry of PUPR. “Even though it is still free, motorists still have to have a toll card to open the gate on the toll gate,” Hanung said on Thursday. Bakauheni-Terbanggi Toll Road, continued Hanung, has 11 toll gates and 7 rest areas in each lane.
However, the beginning of this operation only opened 3 rest areas on both sides. “For the rest area, it is still under construction. Because there are several obstacles, such as the land compensation process which is a little slow,” said Hanung. In the rest area, there will be gas stations and hawker centers. Local business actors will also be given a place to be able to fill the rest area.
Upon completion of the mega project, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) today visited Lampung to inaugurate Indonesia’s longest toll road. Information gathered, Jokowi departed from the Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base, East Jakarta, at 07.10 WIB, Friday (03/08/2019). Jokowi was accompanied by First Lady, Iriana.
Jokowi said the toll road that was inaugurated was also the part that would be connected to Aceh. Jokowi promised the toll road from Lampung to Aceh to be connected in 2024. “This is part of Lampung to Aceh. When will Lampung to Aceh connect? I replied in 2024 Lampung to Aceh will continue. Inshaallah, it will continue,” Jokowi said.
Meanwhile, bureaucrats and businessmen welcomed the inauguration and operation of the first toll road in Lampung. Tulangbawang Regent, Winarti, said that Tuba Regency would later be the area which was crossed by Terbanggi Besar-Kayu Agung Toll Road, South Sumatra. So that it will cut the distance and travel time from Tuba to Lamteng or Bakauheni, Lamsel. “This is very beneficial, the distance will be closer if we are going to Central Lampung, Natar, Bandar Lampung, or Bakauhuni,” Winarti said on Thursday.
In addition, it can increase the acceleration of economic growth in the community, especially the distribution of agricultural produce.
“Farmers’ produce can be quickly brought out for sale,” Winarti said.
Winarti hopes that later toll road users will not just cross Menggala, but also stop in the city. So that the District of Tuba can be better known.
Similarly, the Regent of Tulangbawang Barat (Tubaba) Umar Ahmad assessed the area crossed by the toll road would have a positive effect, including economic progress. Including Tubaba which will be crossed by the Terbanggi Besar-Kayu Agung toll road.
“There used to be no country road crossing in Tubaba. Now the toll road divides Tubaba, so it is expected to help boost the acceleration of economic progress and development in this region,” he said.
He is optimistic that the existence of toll roads can increase the number of community visits from other areas to Tubaba, including investors. “People’s access is getting easier to Tubaba. And investors will be interested in investing in Tubaba,” Umar said.