President Jokowi Inaugurates Youtefa Bridge in Papua
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, accompanied by First Lady Ibu Iriana Joko Widodo, inaugurated the Youtefa Bridge (previously named Jembatan Holtekamp) at Youtefa Bay, Jayapura, Papua, Monday (28/10).
Youtefa Bridge is the longest arch bridge in Papua that connects Jayapura with Muara Tami District. Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing has completed the construction and installation of a 433-meter main span, construction of a 600-meter of Holtekamp bridge approaches, and the 9,950-meter access road.
In the meantime, Jayapura Municipal Government has completed the construction of a 320 meter Hamdi bridge approaches. The construction was carried out by a consortium of contractors PT Pembangunan Perumahan, PT Hutama Karya and PT Nindya Karya with a total budget of Rp1.8 trillion.
The Youtefa Bridge will reduce travel time from Jayapura to Skouw Border Post from 1.5 – 2 hours to 30-40 minutes. The area around the Bridge is ready for water tourism because it has beautiful view of bay and hills.
Before inaugurating the Youtefa Bridge, President Jokowi inspected the site plan and mock-up of the development of the Papua Youth Creative Hub, the Papua Presidential Palace, and the Nusantara Student Dormitory in Papua.
After inaugurating the Youtefa Bridge, President Jokowi used binoculars to inspect the location that would later become the Presidential Palace in Jayapura.
The Presidential Palace in Papua is designed with a typical Papua traditional house roof and is equipped with large and small meeting rooms. In the 10-hectare palace complex, there are plans to build facilities such as the Papuan cultural museum, monuments and botanical gardens.
The plan to build a presidential palace in Papua and the Indonesian student dormitory in Papua is a realization of the President’s promise delivered when he received Papuan leaders on 10 September 2019 at the State Palace in Jakarta, while the development of the Papua Youth Creative Hub is the realization of President Jokowi’s promise when he received the Papua Muda Inspiratif (Inspiring Young Papua) movement, at the Presidential Palace, Jakarta, on 14 October, 2019. (DND/GUN/ES) (BPMI/ES)
Translated by: Ridwan Ibadurrohman
Edited by: Yuyu Mulyani