Pekanbaru-Dumai Toll Road Expected to Improve Connectivity of Industrial Zones
Date 10 Juli 2020
The progress of Pekanbaru-Dumai toll road construction has reached 99.07%, and the toll road will be ready for operation in the near future.
The 131.48 kilometer toll road is expected to improve connectivity between the capital city of Riau Province and seaport as well as petroleum and agribusiness industries in Dumai.
Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono said that the toll road would connect many strategic areas, reduce logistics costs, improve the competitiveness of domestic products, boost regional economic growth and create new economic centers in Sumatra.
“The toll road will shorten travel time between Pekanbaru and Dumai, compared to the existing 200 kilometer road. I think trucks carrying materials such as palm oil can use the toll road for shortening travel time. With the toll road, users can calculate material travel time from the point of departure to the factory,” Basuki said.
The Pekanbaru-Dumai toll road consists of six sections namely section I (Pekanbaru-Minas, 9.5 km), Section II (Minas-Petapahan, 24.1 km), Section III (Petapahan-North Kandis, 16.9 km), Section IV (North Kandis-South Duri, 26.25 km), South Duri-North Duri (29.4 km), and Section VI (North Duri-Dumai, 25.44 km). The toll road is equipped with 10 Rest and Service Areas (TIP).
The toll road also provides four elephant crossing tunnels. The tunnels, with length of 25-45 meters and height of 5.1 meters, use green plants to resemble natural habitat.
For the record, the Section IV of the toll road crosses the Balai Raja and Siak Kecil Nature Reserves, both of which are crossing corridors of the Sumatran Elephant with a population of around 50 elephants.
The construction of Pekanbaru-Dumai toll road began in July 2017. The Government appointed state-owned construction company PT Hutama Karya for the project worth Rp16.21 trillion. The Section I of the toll road (Pekanbaru-Minas) has been operating since May 2020.
Pekanbaru-Dumai toll road is part of the 2,878 km Trans Sumatra toll road which consists of main and supporting corridors stretching from Lampung to Aceh.
As of today, 467.6 km of the Trans Sumatra toll road has been operating, including Bakauheni-Terbanggi Besar toll road (141 km), Terbanggi Besar-Pematang Panggang-Kayu Agung toll road (189 km), Palembang-Indralaya toll road (22 km), Medan-Binjai toll road (10.46 km), Medan-Kualanamu-Tebing Tinggi toll road (62.2 km) and Belawan-Medan-Tanjung Morawa toll road (43 km). (Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing/EN)
Translated by: Ridwan Ibadurrohman
Reviewed by: Mia Medyana