Indonesia Bridges 90 to 100 meters

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Cisomang Railway bridge on the line from Bandung to Jakarta

Indonesia’s highest bridge, the Cisomang Railway arch (98 meters high) is very similar to the New River Gorge bridge in the U.S. state of West Virginia but on a smaller scale. Like the West Virginia span, the top and bottom chords of the arch come together at the pin to share the load equally. The arch was constructed outward from both sides by the stayed cantilever method. The entire structure contains 1,830 tons of steel. The 500 foot (152 mtr) span is a replacement for a 1920s trestle that was on an alignment 82 feet (25 mtrs) away from the current bridge. The colorful blue arch span carries 2 lines on the Jakarta-Bandung rail corridor.

Built in the 1920s, the first Cisomang Railway trestle (98 meters high) became Indonesia’s highest bridge, carrying a single rail line 322 feet (98 mtrs) above the Cisomang River. It was replaced in 2004 by a double tracked steel arch bridge with a span of 500 feet (152 mtrs).

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