Design of the bridge (IST)

Stronger dollar expected to drive up cost of Hamadi – Holtekam bridge construction

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Design of the bridge (IST)
Design of the bridge (IST)

Jayapura , 5/2 ( Jubi ) – A stronger dollar is expected to drive up the cost of Hamadi – Holtekam bridge construction, scheduled to start in June this year,  Jayapura Deputy Mayor Nuralam said.

Nuralam said under the initial plan, the overall cost of the construction was estimated at Rp.800 billion, but the cost is expected to rise in line with the  dollar.
“The initial estimate used the consultant standard  $1equals Rp.9.600. Because raw materials are imported and the cost is higher , consequently the overall cost will increase for sure,” he said in at the opening of Abe Grand Hotel at Abepura, Jayapura, on Wednesday (2/5).
Nuralam in accordance to the plan,  the central government will handle the main bridge, the Papua Province government will construct the bridge ramp and the government of Jayapura Municipality will build the access road.
To finance the project, Nuralam, the Jayapura city government in 2014 allocated Rp.11.7 billion and the government of Papua Province set aside Rp.75 billion. The remaining Rp.40 billion will come from the State Budget  via  the Agency for Roads and Bridges .
“For the city, there is an initial Regional Budget allocation of Rp.1.7 billion and Rp.10 billion in additional funding ” he said.
Nuralam also said a recommendation from the Ministry of Forestry on the use of piles instead of mounds in the construction of the approach road meant that the city government would have to spend more than Rp.500 billion.
President SusiloBambangYudhoyono is expected to officiate at the groundbreaking ceremony in June 2014.
On the status of land ownership, Nuralam said it had carried out intensive coordination with the owners of customary rights. “There’s been a discussion about it, ” he said.
A tender for the project will begin immediately and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2014, Nuralam said. “We’re going to use our own agency LPSE and we hope multinational contractors will participate, ” he said.
The head of the Jayapura Public Works agency, Jenny Karinda said all involved would hold talks on the amount of funds needed.
“We will coordinate to discuss the issue in one or two days,” she said. (Jubi /Sindung/Frans)

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