PADANG— Sumatra Island will have more toll roads. A plan to build a toll road between Padang (West Sumatra) and Pekanbaru (Riau) is being drawn. This is actually not a totally new plan, as the previous plan was forcefully delayed due to the lack of investors.
West Sumatra Governor Mr Irwan Prayitno said that the construction of this highway will be funded with IDR 5 trillion from Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB ).
Padang and Pekanbaru toll road will be built along 1,415 kilometers. It is included into the path of trans Sumatra and the process is expected to be completed in 2024. The first phase of construction will start with Padang-Sicincin (27 kilometers), and Pekanbaru-Kampar (17 kilometers).
Some of the terms is being prepared for the disbursement of USD 400 million loan for construction immediately available. The requirements include EIA, alignment, DED. The construction of Padang-Sicincin includes land purchase for road widening. Some parts of the road have also been hardening, where four bridges are built.
Of the total length of the road Padang-Sicincin along 27 kilometers, there are some sections along 17 kilometers that has been readied. These include Duku-Sicincin section and Duku-Buayan Sicincin section. They still need to acquire lands for another road widening from 36 meters to 60 meters of width. (*)