Sunset Road Labelled a Dangerous Mess
Sunset Road has been labelled a disgraceful mess — and even the head of the national road authority in Bali, Alius Susalit, agrees that badly maintained shoulders and illegally placed billboards are both an eyesore and a road hazard.
Susalit said this week part of the maintenance problem was that the rainy season had extended until now and heavy downpours had damaged the road’s shoulders.
But local drivers are unimpressed with the state of the road — a key arterial road and one used by thousands of vehicles and motorcycles daily — and are calling for something to be done about it.
“Sunset Road is used by thousands of motorists and bike riders every day,” said Denpasar man Made Suganda, a regular user. “Foreign tourists also use this road, so it should be improved to make it look better and so that it does not endanger people.”
Susalit, chief executive of National Road Central Region VIII, agrees that damaged shoulders and curbing are a hazard and that billboards have been erected illegally on the road reserve.
“This is not in accordance with Law No. 22 of 2009 on Road Traffic and Transportation, where buildings must be placed outside the utility’s road space,” he said.
Susalit said shoulder damage may have been caused by continued heavy rain and by billboards erected too close to the road, which also impeded traffic and obscured traffic signs.
He said impatient drivers and riders who used the shoulders to get around traffic queues had accelerated damage to the roadway, since they were not built to handle heavy or regular traffic. “The road shoulders in some segments are aggregate (unsealed gravel) with an average width of 1.5 metres,” he said.
Susalit said the regular road maintenance programme was continuing.Filed under: Headlines