Jakarta. Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono visited the Manado-Bitung Toll Road project in North Sulawesi on Tuesday (14/11).
The 39-kilometer toll road, scheduled for completion in 2019, will connect the provincial capital and Bitung International Seaport.
The road is among President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's national strategic projects and it is designed to eliminate traffic congestion along the route and lower logistical costs in the region.
It is also expected to cut travel time between Manado and Bitung to 45 minutes from up to two hours currently.
"As one of the doors for export-import activities, Bitung Seaport is critical for our economy and the toll road will provide better access to it," Minister Basuki said in a statement on Wednesday.
Land acquisition for the project is currently 75 percent completed and some construction work has already taken place since 2016.
"The management should accelerate the project with a larger labor force and increased working hours, especially on the land that has already been cleared," Basuki said.
The road is partly funded from the state budget, with additional funding from a Chinese government loan and an investment by state-owned toll road operator Jasa Marga.