Spending Rp 1.8 Trillion, This is the Progress of Construction of the Holtekamp Bridge in Papua

Since it began on May 9, 2015, the construction of the Holtekamp Bridge in Jayapura City, Papua, is now close to 100 percent and scheduled for July 2019 to be inaugurated.

The Head of the Papua XVIII National Road Development Center (BBPJN), Osman Marbun, in Jayapura City, Thursday (23/05/2019), said that the progress of the construction of the Holtekamp Bridge was to complete the construction of the approach road access from Holtekamp.

“The Holtekamp access road, which is 7.5 kilometers in length, has now finished 5 kilometers, then we are stretching the access road on Hamadi Beach and building the sidewalk to make it more neat,” Osman said.

In addition, the government is also building road access for the people of Enggros Village, which is located closest to the bridge and its presence on the island.

“We have to facilitate the community, too, when we build a bridge of this magnitude, the people cannot go in and out using this bridge and still use boats, it’s funny,” he said.

Until now, the total funding that has been spent has reached Rp 1.8 trillion. Rp 1.3 trillion comes from the APBN and the rest is disbursed from the APBD of Papua Province and Jayapura City.

Osman hopes that President Joko Widodo will be able to inaugurate the Holtekamp Bridge because the first stone laying was carried out by the president.

“As a whole, the bridge has been completed 100 percent, so we just have to leave it to the President, the minister and the local government about when the inauguration will be because everything is ready,” he said.

The Holtekamp Bridge is a tourist attraction

The existence of the Holtekamp Bridge is believed to boost the world of tourism in the city of Jayapura.

In fact, even though it has not been opened to the public, the public interest in photography at these locations is very high, especially on weekends.

Therefore, BBPJN XVIII has plans to complete the Holtekamp Bridge with public facilities.

“As a tourist destination, it will certainly raise the economy of the community. Later this will be beautified, there will be public facilities, then the next development may be lodging, then souvenir kiosks,” Osman said.

This was agreed upon by the Chairperson of the Association of Travel Agencies (Asita) of Papua Province, Iwanta Parangin-Angin.

He said, Jayapura City lacked tourism objects and the existence of Holtekamp Bridge could cover this up.

Not only the physical bridge that will become a tourist attraction, Iwanta said, the existence of such infrastructure can increase the number of tourists who want to visit the Skouw Cross-border State Post (PLBN) which is the border point between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

“If Holtekam Bridge is already operational, it will automatically make the distance closer and we sell the package better. In addition, it can also be a tourist attraction,” he said.

Iwanta said, now the existence of PLBN Skouw which is the border between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea has been able to attract domestic tourists, but not foreign tourists.

He stressed, for border routes, other supporting facilities are needed because the distance is quite far, even now the travel time reaches two hours.

This can be overcome by the presence of the Holtekam Bridge which can cut the distance from the Jayapura City area to PLBN Skouw.

“With the presence of the Holtekam Bridge, to go to the Skouw border from before it took around two hours, then the time will be around 45 minutes,” he said.

For information, the length of the Holtekamp Bridge reaches 732 meters with its main span being 433 meters and the width of the road on the 21 meter bridge.

“As a tourist destination, it will certainly raise the economy of the community. Later this will be beautified, there will be public facilities, then the next development may be lodging, then souvenir kiosks,” Osman said.

This was agreed upon by the Chairperson of the Association of Travel Agencies (Asita) of Papua Province, Iwanta Parangin-Angin.

He said, Jayapura City lacked tourism objects and the existence of Holtekamp Bridge could cover this up.

Not only the physical bridge that will become a tourist attraction, Iwanta said, the existence of such infrastructure can increase the number of tourists who want to visit the Skouw Cross-border State Post (PLBN) which is the border point between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

“If Holtekam Bridge is already operational, it will automatically make the distance closer and we sell the package better. In addition, it can also be a tourist attraction,” he said.

Iwanta said, now the existence of PLBN Skouw which is the border between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea has been able to attract domestic tourists, but not foreign tourists.

He stressed, for border routes, other supporting facilities are needed because the distance is quite far, even now the travel time reaches two hours.

This can be overcome by the presence of the Holtekam Bridge which can cut the distance from the Jayapura City area to PLBN Skouw.

“With the presence of the Holtekam Bridge, to go to the Skouw border from before it took around two hours, then the time will be around 45 minutes,” he said.

For information, the length of the Holtekamp Bridge reaches 732 meters with its main span being 433 meters and the width of the road on the 21 meter bridge.

Source: kompas.com

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