Batanghari River Bridges
For the oldest bridge, which is located on the west side of the city, the following two names are used:
- “Aur Duri I“; or “Batanghari I.” (satellite view of this bridge)
For the bridge that was recently built (a little over 1 year ago), on the east side of the city, the following names are used:
- “Aur Duri II“; or “Batanghari II.” (satellite view–before bridge was built)
To westerners it seems strange to spend millions of dollars to build a nice bridge then restrict its use due to cars and motorcycles being parked along the length of it. That is what is typical on Indonesian bridges. The community (mostly young people) will use either side of a bridge to park their motorcycles and cars and use the bridge as a community center. Venders also set up stands to sell their food, drinks, and products along the length of the bridge, restricting a four-lane bridge to a two, and sometime single lane.
That is very important to community life in Indonesia. If the traffic gets restricted, then that is what will happen. For Indonesians, relationships are more important than the rapid flow of products and vehicles.