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$70 Billion Toll-Road Plan to Connect Indonesia's Sprawl

  • Planned spending is part of $412 billion infrastructure budget
  • Government want to make local logistics less of a nightmare
A section of the Medan-Kualanamu-Tebing Tinggi toll road in North Sumatra.
A section of the Medan-Kualanamu-Tebing Tinggi toll road in North Sumatra.Photographer: Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg
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Indonesia President Joko Widodo is planning an unprecedented $70 billion splurge on toll roads to help connect the most strung-out country on the planet.

It’s almost the equivalent of laying bitumen from New York to San Francisco.