Section 3 of Banda Aceh-Sigli Toll Road Ready to Operate
The Government has announced that the construction of 16-km-long Banda Aceh-Sigli toll road section three, or Jantho-Indrapuri segment, has been completed.
“The construction of Banda Aceh-Sigli toll road section three has been completed and it is ready to operate as per Decree of Minister of Public Works and Housing Number 197/KTPS/M/2021 on 26 February 2021 on Banda Aceh-Sigli Toll Road Section Three (Jantho-Indrapuri) Operation,” said Expert Staff of Industrial and Environmental Technology of Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing Endra S. Atmawidjaja who also acts as the Ministry’s Spokesperson.
According to Endra, Banda Aceh-Sigli toll road section three has met the feasibility requirements for technical, administrative, and toll operation system functions, enabling it for operation.
The function feasibility test was carried out from 16 to 18 December 2020 and the segment was utilized as a functional lane at the end of last year.
“This segment is part of the Trans-Sumatra backbone located in the northernmost part (of the Sumatra island). It is also the primary segment in the logistic system that connects Banda Aceh and Medan,” he said, while expressing hope that the completed segment is expected to boost economic recovery in Aceh province, especially on the corridor of Banda Aceh-Sigli and vice versa.
For the record, there are five sections of Banda Aceh-Sigli toll road construction, namely Padang Tiji-Seulimeum (25 kilometers), Seulimeum-Jantho (6 kilometers), Jantho-Indrapuri (16 kilometers), Indrapuri-Blang Bintang (14 kilometers), and Blang Bintang-Kuto Baro (8 kilometers).
Banda Aceh-Sigli toll road, a segment of Trans-Sumatra toll road, is a National Strategic Project. The toll road is also expected to cut distance and time to travel from Banda Aceh to Sigli from 2-3 hours through windy roads on hills to just one hour.
Banda Aceh-Sigli toll road is a project the Government assigned to state-owned construction company PT Hutama Karya (Persero) with an investment value of Rp12.35 trillion and construction cost of approximately Rp8.99 trillion.
Meanwhile, acting as the contractor of the segment is another state-owned construction company PT Adhi Karya Tbk. (PR of Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing/UN) (DH/EP)