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.

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3 Responses to “Sunset Road Labelled a Dangerous Mess”

  1. John Says:

    Talk about getting the priorities right! Shoulders and illegaly placed billboards are hardly the culprit to the “mess”, but I guess it’s cheaper to fix the shoulders and romoving billboards than it is to implement traffic rules and regulations that gets enforced and monitored. By Pass, Legian, Sunset and the rest of Bali for that matter has this “mess” issue.

  2. warga bali Says:

    that,s wy i hate kuta and denpasar . no ones fallow rools in bali espacially on the road.

  3. Jan Says:

    Better something is done by the police to control big trucks with their loads of stones and sand and loosing them during their ride from and to construction sites at the Sunset Road! It is a big mess there and very dangerous to drive because of all the dirt on the road! Responsibility should go to the owners of new developments and pay for the clean up!!! Problem is…. there is to much money involved so most likely nothing will be done…

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