Located in Tibubeneng, the narrow road connects Jalan Umalas Tunon and Jalan Subak Sari.
The “off-road” shortcut runs along paddy fields. Motorists who wish to cut through the traffic from Kerobokan to Batubelig, in order to reach Berawa and Canggu, often opt to pass through the Mango shortcut. Before the current works, the shortcut was only 1 meter wide.
Due to its popularity, the lack of space often contributed to traffic congestion. Not to mention cases of unseasoned motorbike drivers falling into the paddy fields.
Badung Public Works Division Head Ngurah Suardika said that after hearing demands from residents, the local government decided to carry out new works on the road, with the aim of widening it to 5 meters. They are also installing barriers on the sides of the 240-meter-long road while laying down asphalt along the currently bumpy stretch.
“We began construction in early April. Currently still in process,” the official said as quoted by Detik yesterday, adding that the process may take up to one month.
Over the years, we have seen numerous clips depicting motorists plunging into the paddy fields as they could not stay within the lane. Cars have also been known to find themselves on the narrow shortcut as drivers follow the shortest route option on navigation apps without any knowledge of local roads.