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Image: Underpass construction at Simpang Tugu Ngurah Rai. Credit. ST

Traffic jams are back on the By Pass Ngurah Rai radar due to the road being narrowed on the south side of the roundabout of the new Simpang Tugu Ngurah Rai Underpass Project.

The construction team have moved the box culverts containing aviation fuel pipes to the southern side of the underpass for a length of about 150 meters.

Construction team manager, Nyoman Yasmara, told to that they are trying to speed up the process because there is heavy traffic along this stretch in the mornings and evenings.

He said that they need to put box culverts in that position because there is regular flooding when there is heavy rain. “We will complete it this week. We only put the box culverts until they join the local water pipes. We need to complete it as soon as possible, because we will increase the road height on the south side of underpass. There will only be one culvert through the entire underpass area,” he said on Sunday.

The road height will increase 30 to 50 cms and the process will begin after the underpass wall is excavated. They will also build a retaining wall to keep out sea water.

The Simpang Tugu Ngurah Rai underpass project is expected to finish by August, 2018. This second underpass in Bali will have a length of 712 meters, with 132 meters underground.