Bridge Ampera

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The bridge is a bridge Ampera palembang pride of the city. South Sumatra Province, Indonesia. The bridge was built since 1960 by Japan's government as compensation to Indonesia over its colonial past. Ampera bridge located in the center of the city of Palembang, the area between the area and the Ulu Ilir.

Length: 1117 m (the middle of the 71.90 m)
Width: 22 m
Height: 11.5 m from the surface of the water
High Tower: 63 m from the surface soil
Distance between towers: 75 m
Weight: 944 tons


Development of this bridge started in April 1962, after the approval of President Soekarno. Cost of construction was taken from the Japanese war reparation funds. Not only the cost, using the very day the bridge experts from the country. Initially, the bridge, the bridge was named Bung Karno. According to historian Djohan Hanafiah, giving the name as a form of tribute to the first President of the Republic of Indonesia. Bung Karno are seriously contend Palembang residents desire to have a bridge on the River Musi.
Dedication bridge done in 1965, and reinforces the name as the name of Bung Karno bridge. At that time, this bridge is a bridge in the pitch length of southeast Asia. After the political upheaval occurred in 1966, when the movement of anti-Soekarno very strong, the bridge was also changed to bridge Ampera (Suffering Amanat Rakyat). Waiting for New Faces bridge Ampera
Around 2002, there is a discourse to restore the name as the name of Bung Karno Ampera this bridge. But this proposal does not get support from the government and the community.


In the beginning, the middle of this bridge can be lifted to the top of the mast so that the body underneath the bridge does not get caught. The middle of the bridge can be lifted with mechanical equipment, two pendulum ballast each about 500 tons in its two towers. Speed of adoption is about 10 meters per minute with the total time needed to lift the bridge for a full 30 minutes.
At the center of the bridge was a boat with a size of 60 meters wide and with a maximum of 44.50 meters high, can plow through the Musi River. When the middle of the bridge is not raised, the maximum level that can ship passing under bridge Ampera only nine meters from the surface of the river water.
Since 1970, the event down the middle of the ride this bridge is not done anymore. The reason, the time used for the bridge is considered to be the flow of traffic on it.
In the year 1990, the second pendulum ballast in the bridge towers is derived to avoid the burden of the fall of the second ballast

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