TEMPO.CO, Jayapura - The Jayapura National Road Agency (BPJN) announced that the Trans Papua road connecting Jayapura-Wamena was temporarily closed beginning Wednesday, February 24, as the road was damaged.
“The bridge that crosses the Edan river is under construction as it previously collapsed and has not been completed yet,” said the Jayapura BPJN Head, Edu M.P Sasarari in Jayapura on Wednesday.
According to him, the temporary closure will last for three months. However, the agency will open the road at certain times to allow vehicles carrying various goods from Jayapura to Wamena or other areas in the mountain to pass.
The agencies authorized to handle the damage in the 575-kilometers-long road are BPJN Jayapura and BPJN Wamena.
Edu explained that based on the reports, at least 300 vehicles transported various goods needed by the community from Jayapura with a travel time of about two to three days depending on the natural condition.
He hoped that when the repair project of the road and bridge along Trans Papua completes, the travel time will be shortened.