See and enjoy the New Kelok 9 Overpass (Jembatan Kelok 9). We fly over the bridge. Amazing aerial video. Undoubtedly, it’s one of the most beautiful mountain road in Indonesia.
For 100 years, Kelok 9 had been a driver’s nightmare. The steep slope, sharp bends challenged every drivers, especially trucks and buses. Accidents was not uncommon, and so did the traffic congestion. Now it’s not the case anymore. Indonesia’s government built a new mountain pass over the old one. Soon, the new Kelok 9 becomes a major tourist attraction. It’s a marvel of engineering and design.
The old Kelok 9 road (literally means “9 sharp bends”) was built by the Dutch around 1910. The road connects two provinces: West Sumatra and Riau, crossing the border of the two in Bukit Barisan range, a famous mountain range that span along Sumatra island from north to south. The problem is, West Sumatra is in the western part of the island, while Riau is in the east, separated by the Bukit Barisan. So the road has to cross this range and there is a huge difference in height. The Dutch however, succeeded in building a road through this area. Although it was a steep road with sharp bends. For a hundred year there was not much change. The width, the bends, etc, remained the same due to rather extreme terrain. Nevertheless, for many people, there was no other choice other than drove thru this pass. Years after years, Kelok 9 becomes increasingly important and the need to find better solution is very urgent.
In 2003, Indonesian government started a project to overcome this land barrier. Cleverly, they take advantage of the two flanked walls.There are six bridges built between the two sides. The result: smooth slope, gradual road’s inclination and beautiful design. In 2013 this much safer mountain pass inaugurated. Travel time between the two provinces is greatly reduced, vehicles can drive more safely. People are so fond of this solution, marvelled by the idea and the design. Kelok 9 becomes a new icon and a pride.
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