"I target everything to be completed in August 2019, so that it is accessible to those keen to travel to Java or vice versa," Soemarno remarked in Tulangbawang Barat, Lampung Province, on Friday.
The minister admitted that the toll road from Bakauheni to Kayu Agung can, in fact, be used by the public, but some work had yet to be completed.
The minister reported that the turnpike will offer an option for motorists, as it will reduce the travel time as compared to using the Sumatra Cross Road.
"This toll road is part of the efforts to boost the flow of traffic. It is expected that the wider community would be able to benefit by using the road," he affirmed.
The work on the 140.9-kilometer road section of Bakauheni-Terbanggi Besar has been completed and become operational, even from May 17, and drivers crossing it need to pay tariff, while the toll road section of Terbanggi Besar-Pematang Panggang-Kayu Agung, measuring 185 kilometers in length, is targeted for completion in August.