Monday, 19 December 2011

Inauguration of Suramadu Bridge – Indonesia - 2009


On 10 June 2009, the Indonesia Postal Authorities issued the stamp features the Suramadu Bridge. The issue stamps consist of 4 postage stamps to  inaugurate the bridge operation for public.

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The Suramadu  bridge is currently the longest bridge in the country and connects  the Surabaya City on the island of Java and the town of Bangkalan on the island of Madura in Indonesia. Suramadu is an abbreviation of Surabaya-Madura.
The construction was started on August 20, 2003. 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. The Suramadu bridge is the first toll bridge in Indonesia.The total cost of the project, including connecting roads, has been estimated at 4.5 trillion rupiah (US$445 million).

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Surabaya  – Java Island

Surabaya is Indonesia's second-largest city with a population of over 2.7 million , and the capital of the province of East Java. It is located on the northern shore of eastern Java at the mouth of the Mas River and along the edge of the Madura Strait.
As the main seaport and commercial centre in the eastern region of Indonesia, Surabaya has become one of the largest cities in Southeast Asia. As the provincial capital, Surabaya is also home to many offices and business centres.
Surabaya's economy is also influenced by the recent growth in foreign industries and the completion of the Suramadu bridge. Surabaya is currently in the process of building high rise skyscrapers such as apartments, condominiums, and hotels as a way of attracting foreign people to the city.

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Suramadu Bridge

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 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 Harbour Engineering Co. Ltd.

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Bangkalan  - Madura Island
Bangkalan is a town on the western coast of Madura Island in Indonesia, the government seat of the Bangkalan Regency.The connection  highway will be built from the Suramadu Bridge to Madura International Seaport-City (MIS-C) in Pernajuh village, Kocah district, Bangkalan at a cost of approximately Rp60 billion ($7 million). This container port was built to ease the burden on Surabaya's overloaded.

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