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Jakarta Post

Special Report: Suramadu bridge could last for 100 years

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 10 2009   /  01:03 pm

The Suramadu bridge in East Java, completed this month, is the longest bridge in Indonesia, connecting Java and Madura Island. Its construction, which cost the state Rp 4.5 trillion (US$428 million), depended on other supporting infrastructure and development in surrounding areas. The Jakarta Post's Indra Harsaputra talked recently with Suramadu bridge project head Achmad Ghofar Ismail amid preparations for its offi cial inauguration this Wednesday by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono prior to the presidential election in July. Is the Suramadu bridge ready to operate after years of waiting? From the groundbreaking ceremony up to its completion on June 10 this year, the project has taken six years. Before that, the project was carried out by my predecessors since 2002. The concept of the bridge was floated in the 1960s. When I was appointed as the project head by t...