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Indonesia planning bridge between Java and Sumatra JAKARTA - Indonesia is considering to build a suspension bridge over the 30-kilometer strait between the islands Java and Sumatra. The construction would be a major engineering feat in the geologically active region, according to a construction consortium on Thursday. Governors of both provinces at either end of the Sunda Strait and a group of local firms agreed to conduct a feasibility study on the bridge, which could become the longest in the world, told Heka Hertanto, a spokesman for PT Artha Graha, a leading firm in the consortium hoping to build the bridge.

The road and rail bridge - which was first proposed in 1965 - would cost around 7 billion euro and if the project gets the green light, construction can begin as early as 2012, told Hertanto. "This is an ambitious project". The bridge would have to be able to withstand powerful earthquakes and tsunamis, because the area is one of the most seismically volatile in the world.

Currently about 350,000 people and 25,000 vehicles cross the strait every day by ferry. Hertanto said that estimated future traffic flows would soon overwhelm the capacity of the ports of Merak (Java) and Bakauheni (Sumatra). "The Sunda Straits bridge will be the only the answer to solve the problem in the future,'' he stated.



Posted in General @ 04 October 2007 11:19 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





sawoowoosa
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Sounds like a good idea, but I wouldnt want to use it lol




andre
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Maybe they can practice bridgebuilding first, by building a bridge between Java and Bali?



Jantje
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On 12-10-2007 11:33 andre wrote:

Maybe they can practice bridgebuilding first, by building a bridge between Java and Bali?

Let's put it differently...How about building a bridge between Bali and java Emoticon: Shiny



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