Advanced Suspension Bridge Technology and the Feasibility of the Sunda Strait Bridge

September 22, 1997

The development of long span suspension bridges world wide of first reviewed to identify what the limit of span lengths would be for crossing the Sunda Strait.  Its scientific background shows that this development can be divided into three successive generations, the third of which being the latest and most advanced one, capable of achieving ultra-long spans.  Therefore, the technology of the third generation should undoubtedly be applied for crossing the deep and wide sea valleys of the Sunda Strait.  Based on unit costs derived from recent suspension bridge projects, the construction cost of the Sunda Strait Bridge is then assessed and based on the anticipated traffic volume crossing the strait and its growth in the furniture, the financial viability of the project is finally shown.