Emergency Bridge Reconnects Padang-Bukittinggi
Date 18 Desember 2018
The Government on Sunday (16/12) completed construction of emergency bridge to reconnect Padang and Bukittinggi two cities in West Sumatera Province after the collapse of Batang Kalu Bridge in Padang Pariaman, West Sumatera, last week.
“Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono has set the target that the emergency bridge must be ready on Saturday (15/12). However, due to heavy rains, we were forced to stop working for 8 hours because the water level of the Batang Kalu River rose,” Directorate General of Road Development Aidil Fikri said during the opening of the bridge.
Aidil explained that the emergency bridge has a length of 36 meters with 12 steel panels and can only provide one-way traffic from Padang to Bukittinggi, while vehicles from Bukittinggi to Padang are diverted to Sicincin Melalak road.
After the emergency bridge is completed, Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing through the National Road Construction Agency (BPJN) of Padang will construct a bailey bridge beside the emergency bridge, Aidil said, adding that the bailey bridge is expected to be finished in seven days.
After the bailey bridge is ready, the emergency bridge will be dismantled and then a permanent bridge will be built on that location. Construction of a permanent bridge will begin in mid-January 2019 and is expected to be finished in 6 months.
“Construction of the bridge is estimated to cost around Rp.15 billion and takes 6 months. The bridge has a length of 36 meters and will use a bore pile construction. The bridge is supposed to last 100 years,” Aidil explained.
Aidil went on to say that Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing through the River Basin Agency (BWS) of Sumatera is also working on the building for Batang Kalu River management, while the embankment construction of the river is expected to be completed in February 2019. (BKP Kementerian PUPR/ES)
Translated by: Ridwan Ibadurrohman
Edited by: Ersan Pamungkas