Bali Ngurah Rai underpass ‘99 percent’ completed

The Ngurah Rai underpass getting paved. Still: Dwi Adhiatma Negara/ Instagram @dwiadh
The Ngurah Rai underpass getting paved. Still: Dwi Adhiatma Negara/ Instagram @dwiadh

The grand road works project that is designed to alleviate congestion in South Bali is very nearly finished and we sure can’t wait ’til its ribbon-cutting, since traffic in the island’s south has been even more of a headache-and-a-half since it began.

Just the final fixings like some signs and decorative lights on the underpass being built in front of Bali’s international airport remain.

The Tugu Ngurah Rai underpass is 99 percent, according to Nyoman Yasmara, “Commitment Enforcing Officer” (PPK) of the National Road Implementation Committee VIII.

“Only the final touches are left for finishing ornamentation aspects like water, landscaping, and mechanical and electrical storage,” Yasmara told Tribun Bali on Tuesday.

Here’s a cool timelapse of the asphalt being laid down:

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A look at the project site shows Balinese carvings have been installed, giving the underpass a cultural and artistic look.

The project should be 100 percent done by August, says Yasmara.

A trial period for the underpass is mean to be carried out in the early days of September 2018.

But an inauguration date for the underpass has not yet been confirmed.

“We do not know when, we have not yet received instructions from above,” Yasmara explained.

However, we do know it’ll be in use before the big IMF-World Bank meeting in early October, where Bali will be flooded by 15,000 delegates. The government has made it clear that the underpass is one of their key urban development projects to be completed before the meeting.



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