The Suramadu Bridge (Indonesian: Jembatan Suramadu)


The Suramadu Bridge (Indonesian: Jembatan Suramadu), also known as the Surabaya–Madura Bridge, is a bridge with three cable-stayed sections constructed between Surabaya on the island of Java and the town of Bangkalan on the island of Madura in Indonesia. Opened on June 10, 2009, the 5.4-km bridge is the longest in Indonesia and the first bridge to cross the Madura Strait.

The cable-stayed portion has three spans with lengths 192 m, 434 m and 192 m. The bridge has two lanes in each direction plus an emergency lane and a dedicated lane for motorcycles. The second toll bridge in Indonesia (after then defunct Citarum Toll Bridge), fares have been initially set at Rp. 30,000 (US$3 in 2009) for four-wheeled vehicles and Rp. 3,000 (US$0.30) for two-wheelers.

The bridge was built by a consortium of Indonesian companies PT Adhi Karya and PT Waskita Karya working with China Road and Bridge Corp. and China Harbor Engineering Co. Ltd. The total cost of the project, including connecting roads, has been estimated at 4.5 trillion rupiah (US$445 million).

Construction was started on August 20, 2003. In July 2004, a girder collapsed, killing one worker and injuring nine others. Work on the bridge halted at the end of 2004 due to lack of funds, but was restarted in November 2005. The main span of the bridge was connected on March 31, 2009, and the bridge was opened to the public on June 10, 2009. Within a week of the opening, it was discovered that nuts and bolts as well as maintenance lamps had been stolen and that there was evidence of vandalism of cables supporting the main span.

The successful completion of the Suramadu bridge has encouraged interest in the possibility of constructing a much larger Sunda Strait Bridge across the Sunda Strait at the western end of Java.

This bridge was shown both at the introduction and episode 2 of The Amazing Race 21.

Suramadu Bridge
Jembatan Suramadu

The bridge as seen from the Surabaya coast
Official name Jembatan Nasional Surabaya – Madura
Carries Vehicles
Crosses Madura Strait, Indonesia
Design cable stayed bridge
box girder bridge
Total length 5,438 metres (17,841 ft)
Width 30 metres (98 ft)
Height 146 metres (479 ft)
Longest span 818 metres (2,684 ft)
Construction begin 20 August 2003
Opened 10 June 2009
Toll Yes
Coordinates 7°11′3″S 112°46′48″E

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