The Jakarta Post
The Public Works and Public Housing Ministry has declared that trucks will be prohibited from passing over the Cisomang Bridge on the Bandung-Jakarta toll road after it discovered that one of six pillars supporting the bridge had shifted slightly, even though the general condition of the bridge is still within the safety standard.
The toll road, called Cipularang or Purbaleunyi, is expected to see heavy traffic ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays.
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“A deformation was detected in the second pillar. However, the vibration of the bridge is still within the safety standard,” Arie Setiadi Moerwanto, the director general for roads at the ministry and the head of Tunnels and Bridge Safety Commission, said in a statement made available on Friday.
The ministry has issued a policy prohibiting trucks from passing over the 253 meter-long bridge. Smaller vehicles like vans and sedans are allowed to pass over the bridge.
West Java Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus said the police had been deployed to oversee the new policy.
“For heavy vehicles from Jakarta, they have to exit at Jatiluhur and enter at the Padalarang gate. Vice versa, trucks from the Bandung exit at Padalarang and take the Cikamuning road to enter again at the Jatiluhur gate,” Yusri said Friday.
Toll road operator Jasa Marga is monitoring the condition of the pillars while strengthening the structure to prevent further deformities. (evi)
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