PRESS RELEASEPT JASAMARGA TRANSMARGA JATENG
No.: 229/2019 Dated December 17, 2019
The First Toll Road of the New State Capital is Officially Opened, Jokowi: Balikpapan-Samarinda is Now a One Hour Travel
Balikpapan (12/17) - President Joko Widodo inaugurated the Samboja-Samarinda segment of the Balikpapan-Samarinda Toll Road on Tuesday (12/17) at the Samboja Toll Gate (GT). During the inauguration, the President was accompanied by Minister of Public Works and Housing (PUPR) Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister of State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN) Erick Tohir, Minister of Home Affairs Tito Karnavian, Minister of National Development Planning / Head of Bappenas Suharso Monoarfa, Deputy Governor of East Kalimantan Hadi Mulyadi and Managing Director of PT Jasa Marga (Persero) Tbk Desi Arryani.
In his welcome speech, Jokowi said that this first toll road on Kalimantan island would shorten the traveling duration from a three-hour trip to only one hour.
"Usually Balikpapan-Samarinda travelers needed an approximately 3 hours, a 6-hour round trip, but now, Balikpapan-Samarinda toll road offers an hour or an hour and a quarter trip at the most. Travelers can therefore enjoy more speed and fuel efficiency," he said.
Jokowi also explained that the Balikpapan-Samarinda Toll Road has a total length of 99.30 km and five segments.
"In the meantime, only three segments have been inaugurated, namely the 58.7-km Samboja-Samarinda Segment from a total of 99.3 km. So, there are 2 more segments to go. But I had an opportunity to find out more from the Director of Jasa Marga. She said, insha Allah, God willing, in four months, everything will be accomplished and the toll road will be connected by April 2020," explained Jokowi.
Jokowi also said that Balikpapan-Samarinda Toll Road will facilitate the connectivity of the two complementary business cities, Balikpapan and Samarinda, developing industrial estates, and accelerating access to the core areas of the State Capital (IKN).
"Through the development, we hope to attain the speed and efficiency of the mobility of the people and goods, all logistics," he said.
The Director of PT Jasamarga Balikpapan Samarinda (JBS) S.T.H Saragi said that the community could immediately use this toll road in the near future.
"This toll road will soon operate during the 2019 Christmas and 2020 New Year holiday. Once operational, we suggest travelers to ensure their electronic money balance in advance for a smooth transaction at the toll gate," Saragi said.
The 99.350-km Balikpapan-Samarinda Toll Road has 5 segments, namely Balikpapan (km 13) - Sepinggan (11.500 Km) Segment V, Balikpapan (km 13) - Samboja (22.025 km) Segment I, Samboja - Muara Jawa (30.975 Km) Segment II, Muara Jawa - Palaran (17.300 Km) Segment III and Palaran - Samarinda (17.550 Km) Segment IV.
For more information, please contact:
1. S.T.H Saragi
PT Jasamarga Balikpapan Samarinda
Pesona Mediterania Balikpapan Baru
Jl. Taman Vinolia Blok P1 No. 9
Gunung Samarinda, Balikpapan Utara
2. Dwimawan Heru
Corporate Communication & Community Development Group Head
PT Jasa Marga (Persero) Tbk.
Plaza Tol Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
Tel. (021) 841 3526 / ext. 117/118