Public Works Ministry Finalizes Construction of Ogan Bridge in South Sumatra
Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing has announced it has reached the final phase of the construction of the Ogan bridge, which is one of three long bridges in Kayu Agung – Palembang (Kramasan) toll road, connecting Section I of Kayu Agung – Palembang (Kramasan) – Betung toll road with Sumatra’s east cross national road.
The final casting of the bridge was carried out on Friday (1/5) with overall construction progress reaching 98%.
“The bridge will not only function to ease the flow of people but will also ease logistics distribution primarily from Merak port in Java to Bakauheni port in Sumatra, and to South Sumatra’s capital Palembang. Following the final casting of bridge, we are hoping to complete the Kayu Agung – Palembang – Betung toll road in January 2022,” Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono said through a video conference.
The Minister also expressed hope that the operation of the Ogan bridge and the Agung Kayu – Palembang – Betung Toll Road can boost economy in the regions.
The bridge – which was built by adopting the in-situ balanced cantilever cast method – has a total length of 1.6 km with a main span width of 385 meters, horizontal clearance of 185 meters and vertical clearance of 16.5 meters.
The Government set aside Rp1.2 trillion for construction of the bridge, whose construction was carried out by PT Waskita Sriwijaya Tol as the toll road authority of the 42-kilometer Kayu Agung – Palembang (Kramasan) section.
The construction of the bridge lasted from 1 June 2016 until June 2020.
Managing Director of toll road operator PT Waskita Sriwijaya Tol Herwidiakto said the operation of the Ogan bridge is part of the company’s commitment to complete the 111-km long Kayu Agung – Palembang – Betung toll road.
“Section I Kayu Agung – Palembang (Jakabaring) spanning along 33 km has been operational for free since last month. As for Section II Palembang – Betung, it will begin operation in July this year. We hope the construction of the Kayu Agung – Palembang – Betung toll road can be completed by January 2022,” he said.
The operation of the Kayu Agung – Palembang toll road is expected to cut travel time from South Sumatra’s capital Palembang to Bandar Lampung city in the neighboring Lampung province to only three and a half hours. (BKP Ministry of PUPR/EN)
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