Batanghari River Bridges

This bridge is located on the west side of the City of Jambi. It’s called Aur Duri I, or Batanghari I.

For crossing the Batanghari River, the City of Jambi has two bridges. One on the west side of the city and one on the east. These bridges have two names that are commonly used:

For the oldest bridge, which is located on the west side of the city, the following two names are used:

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:

This bridge is located on the east side of the City of Jambi.
It has been named Aur Duri II and frequently called by the name of Batanghari II.

Bridge Uses

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.

Below is a video we made of the two bridges.

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