Steel conquers the Barito River
The longest in Indonesia, at over 1km in length, the Barito River Bridge is an excellent example of Australian ingenuity and industry capability. Forming a link between Banjarmasin and central Kalimantan, the bridge carries the Trans Kalimantan highway, a major road artery 2800km long, which connects all areas of Kalimantan.
The bridge provides an excellent study in steel construction. The drive to minimise costs made steel a winner for this project. Steel has been used to maximum advantage and techniques have been employed to facilitate speed and safety in construction. All this has been achieved in remote and difficult terrain and with a labour force relatively inexperienced in sophisticated construction.
Article published on Thursday, 01 January 2015