Cipularang: a busy yet scenic toll road
Cipularang Toll Road is a very scenic drive located in the West Java province, linking the Cikampek and Padalarang regions.
The roal spreads for 58.5 km (36.4 mi) long featuring a hill climb with some mild curves and links the Jakarta–Cikampek Toll Road and the Padaleunyi Toll Road. Being part of the Asian Highway Network, the road opened on 2005. It is totally paved and was built to shorten the distance and time travel for people from Jakarta to Bandung. The number of vehicles going through the toll road, also known as Cikampek-Purwakarta-Padalarang Toll Road keeps growing every year. With the increased amount of vehicles passing through, the risk of accidents occurred also rises.
The drive is flanked by hills and valleys painted in that vivid green shade that describes Indonesia. In 2020 the road has been threatened by landslides around the 118 km marker. This caused the Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG) to urge the government to limit the number of vehicles allowed on the road, or limit at least the access of heavy vehicles.