The Suramadu Bridge is a famous bridge of Surabaya that crosses the Madura Strait and connects the Java Island to Madura Island. The famed bridge is 5,438 meters in length, making it the longest bridge in the Indonesia. The presence of the new bridge has brought tremendous positive effects to the island of Madura.
Compared to other areas in the East Java region, the island of Mandura has had a rather sluggish development rate. The construction of the bridge was then intended to speed up development of the Mandura Island when it comes to its economic field and infrastructure. The bridge was actually the original idea of Indonesia’s founding president Sukarno back in 1960. His vision was to develop infrastructure to further accelerate the progress of the different islands of the East Java region, one of which is the Mandura Island. Sufficient air, land and sea transportation options were some of the most pressing challenges the region was constantly having to face. It was only President Sukano’s daughter, then President Megawati Sukarnoputri, who officially started the mega project in 2003. The opening of the bridge was then inaugurated by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono six years after its construction in June of 2009. The estimated cost to construct the bridge was at 4.5 trillion Rp. [Read more…]