How to build the fastest bridge in the world
A Chinese company has been awarded the first Chinese construction contract for a major road and bridge project in Indonesia, which will create the world’s fastest bridge.
The Shanghai-based Chinese engineering firm Jiaotong Construction Group, which has already built a string of bridges in China, is the largest construction contractor in Indonesia.
Its construction work on the Gwadar-Sulawesi bridge, which is part of the Pulau Soko-Sudan (PKS) highway project, was awarded to the Shanghai-listed Chinese construction company, Jiaoton.
The project is one of the largest in Southeast Asia and could eventually form the new main artery for the Soko River, which feeds the Sumatra-Maluku highway.
The construction of the bridge is expected to take six years, according to China’s official Xinhua news agency.
The bridge will be constructed using a 3D-printed composite material and it will be covered with an artificial turf, which it said was more resistant to erosion than natural grass.
It will be completed by 2020 and will be open for public use for a total of 180 days, with traffic expected to continue to flow from the PKS highway for the next six years.
Jiaoton has been contracted to build a $2.5bn highway and bridge across the Sulawesi River in Soko Bay, in a region that has been largely controlled by the Maluku People’s Liberation Army for decades.
Jai-Dong, a Shanghai-headquartered Chinese engineering company, has already been contracted by the Ministry of Transport and Communications to design, construct and maintain roads, bridges, dams, power lines and other infrastructure across Indonesia’s most productive areas.
The company was previously the sole supplier for the construction of a massive $1.9bn bridge across Indonesia in 2010.
In 2009, Jai-dong won a contract to design a bridge across Sulaweiyin, a major lake in South Sulawese, a province in Indonesia’s north-east, which was the first time such a project was awarded by a foreign firm.