They’re building a shortcut in Canggu (but not the one you’re probably thinking of)

Plan for a new Canggu shortcut. Photo: Badung Regency Administration
Plan for a new Canggu shortcut. Photo: Badung Regency Administration

It’s probably going to be a crawl (pun fully intended), but official plans are in place for the construction of a shortcut to ease the maddening macet (traffic jams) in Canggu.

The Badung Regency Administration says it will build a road, measuring 400 meters in length and 10 meters in width, as a shortcut in the tourist hotspot. 

This road, however, is not to be confused with the infamous Canggu Shortcut — the narrow, curb-less path weaving through rice paddies connecting Jalan Pantai Berawa and Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong that can cut travel time by around 30 minutes compared to driving via Jalan Raya Canggu.

Cars always crash into the rice paddy on the Canggu shortcut so people are making a book about it, naturally
Another day passes in Bali, another picture of a tipped car on “the shortcut” hits the Canggu Community Facebook group. Read more.
Cars always crash into the rice paddy on the Canggu shortcut so people are making a book about it, naturally
Another day passes in Bali, another picture of a tipped car on “the shortcut” hits the Canggu Community Facebook group. Read more.

The administration’s planned shortcut will be located about 1 kilometer north-east of the Canggu Shortcut — itself a route notorious for traffic jams. Specifically, it will start at the intersection where Jalan Raya Canggu, Jalan Raya Padonan, and Jalan Pantai Berawa meet (as illustrated in the map below) and ends on the portion of Jalan Raya Canggu that connects with Jalan Bypass Tanah Lot.

The administration says a feasibility study has been conducted for the shortcut and land procurement will commence in 2023. No estimate was given for the road’s completion.

The shortcut is part of an IDR84.6 billion (US$5.38 million) project to revamp and beautify strategic roads in Badung Regency.



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