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Old March 25th, 2013, 05:37 PM   #361
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Old March 27th, 2013, 08:04 AM   #362
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First Kapuas Bridge, a bridge across Kapuas River, the longest river in Borneo. The bridge is located in Pontianak, the capital of West Borneo. It is part of Pan Borneo Highway, also called as Asian Highway Network 150 (AH150). This bridge was completed in 1982. For current traffic, this bridge is considered too narrow and too steep. But until now the government has not take any action

AH150 is planned to cover whole coastal area of Borneo, with length about 5000 km, connecting main cities and towns of Borneo such as Pontianak, Singkawang, Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu, Miri, Bandar Seri Begawan, Beaufort, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Tawau, Tarakan, Berau, Bontang, Samarinda, Balikpapan, Banjarmasin, Banjarbaru, Palangka Raya, Sampit, Ketapang. But it is not completed yet, and no one knows when it can be completed It seems that the government of Indonesia and Malaysia don't care too much about this highway network Generally, we can say only the Bruneian side of the highway which is in a good condition, while the Malaysian and Indonesian part is still in a bad condition. If you want to see the Bruneian part, you can see the Bruneian highway thread.



Traffic jam in First Kapuas bridge



First Kapuas bridge from the sky (the width of river is about 250 m)



The highway in Sungai Pinyuh (about 50 km north of Pontianak)





Gate to Singkawang. "Selamat Datang" is a Malay phrase, it means "Welcome". Singkawang is about 150 km north of Pontianak



A road connecting Pontianak to Tayan (100 km east of Pontianak). Currently the shortest way from Pontianak to Kuching (capital of Sarawak, which is also the biggest city in Borneo) passes this road, because the link between Singkawang and Kuching is not yet completed. This is a new road, completed in 2011. Before this road was completed, vehicles must pass Sungai Pinyuh before they can get into Tayan. This road reduces travelling time between Pontianak and Kuching for about 2 hours.





There is a dream that Pontianak and Singkawang will be connected by an expressway/motorway in the future. There is an edited photo about that dream (bonus photo )

Very nice photos and very detailed explanations!

Anyway I would like to share a bit about the Pan Borneo Highway AH150 from the other side of the Indonesian border. On Malaysian side, I must admit that many sections are not good, especially in Sarawak, but there are still sections with good conditions too. In Sarawak, even though certain sections are in good sections and some of them are even been upgraded to divided highways, most of the Sarawakian sections are in bad conditions, especially along the Bintulu-Miri section. Most sections have average lane width of 2.75-3.0 metres, which is below the requirement of the Asian Highway Network Annex III standard with the lane width of 3.25 m. To make things worse, the road signage has no uniform standard and looks like some low-standard signboards. Plus, the signboards do not have reflective lettering, making them illegible at night.

The condition of the highway in Sabah is better. Most of the highways in the west coast of Sabah and the Federal Route 13 (the Pan Borneo Highway section from Sandakan to Tawau) is in good condition. However, the condition of the Federal Route 22 (the Pan Borneo Highway section from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan) ranges from good (such as Mile 32 Sandakan Checkpoint to Sandakan) to bad (such as Telupid to Ranau, due to frequent landslides and the slow repair rate). The road signage, however, is standardised with those in Peninsular Malaysia.

The sad fact about highways in Sabah and Sarawak is that the state governments of the two states hold an exclusive autonomy of the construction and maintenance of all highways in the respective states, including federal highways. In other words, the federal highways in Sabah and Sarawak are just on the papers only - in reality, the state governments in Sabah and Sarawak own all highways in their respective states, unlike in Peninsular Malaysia where the federal government fully owns all federal highways.
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Old March 27th, 2013, 09:01 AM   #363
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Very nice photos and very detailed explanations!

Anyway I would like to share a bit about the Pan Borneo Highway AH150 from the other side of the Indonesian border. On Malaysian side, I must admit that many sections are not good, especially in Sarawak, but there are still sections with good conditions too. In Sarawak, even though certain sections are in good sections and some of them are even been upgraded to divided highways, most of the Sarawakian sections are in bad conditions, especially along the Bintulu-Miri section. Most sections have average lane width of 2.75-3.0 metres, which is below the requirement of the Asian Highway Network Annex III standard with the lane width of 3.25 m. To make things worse, the road signage has no uniform standard and looks like some low-standard signboards. Plus, the signboards do not have reflective lettering, making them illegible at night.

The condition of the highway in Sabah is better. Most of the highways in the west coast of Sabah and the Federal Route 13 (the Pan Borneo Highway section from Sandakan to Tawau) is in good condition. However, the condition of the Federal Route 22 (the Pan Borneo Highway section from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan) ranges from good (such as Mile 32 Sandakan Checkpoint to Sandakan) to bad (such as Telupid to Ranau, due to frequent landslides and the slow repair rate). The road signage, however, is standardised with those in Peninsular Malaysia.

The sad fact about highways in Sabah and Sarawak is that the state governments of the two states hold an exclusive autonomy of the construction and maintenance of all highways in the respective states, including federal highways. In other words, the federal highways in Sabah and Sarawak are just on the papers only - in reality, the state governments in Sabah and Sarawak own all highways in their respective states, unlike in Peninsular Malaysia where the federal government fully owns all federal highways.
Thanks for sharing information about the highways in Sarawak and Sabah. Actually I've travelled to Kuching from Pontianak by bus, the route was Pontianak - Tayan - Sosok - Entikong - (border) - Tebedu - Serian - Kuching. I'm agree with you that some sections is in good condition, such as the dual-carriageway Kuching - Serian Highway, probably almost as good as Muara - Tutong Highway in Brunei. But there are so many sections are in bad condition, despite the fact that AH150 is the backbone of transportation in Borneo, Asia's largest island.

The government of East Borneo already planned the construction of Balikpapan-Samarinda Freeway (they use term freeway instead of expressway). This freeway will be the first expressway in Borneo (highways of Brunei can't be considered as expressways because there are some intersections with other roads). Construction of Tayan Bridge (another bridge over Kapuas River located in Tayan) is already started, and will be completed in 2015. It will be the longest river bridge in Borneo with 1420 m of length. It will replace Tayan ferry crossing that connects the northern part and southern part of AH150. The Borneo Post reported that the highway between Lundu and Biawak will be ready by June 2013: http://www.theborneopost.com/2013/03...e-says-manyin/. Biawak in Sarawak borders with Sajingan in West Borneo. This section is part of Singkawang-Kuching Highway.
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For more updates please feel free to check the thread / : BALI ISLAND | Nusa Dua - Ngurah Rai - Benoa Toll Road - 12 Km .
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Indonesia follows the 'drive on the left' rule. Unusual considering they were not colonized by Britain.
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The history why Indonesian drives on the left traces back to Dutch colonial era *history time*.

At the time when the Dutch arrived in 1500 or so, they brought along their habit of driving on the left. It wasn't until Napoleon conquered the Netherlands that the Dutch started driving on the right. Most of their colonies, however, remained on the left as did Indonesia and Suriname.

Another possible cause why Indonesian drives on the left because Indonesia (or Java, I forgot) were once occupied by the British in between 1811-1816.
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That is indeed the reason, but it's weird why the Dutch didn't introduced driving on the right in the early motorization years (1910s/1920s).
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It wasn't until Napoleon conquered the Netherlands that the Dutch started driving on the right. Most of their colonies, however, remained on the left as did Indonesia and Suriname.
Napoleon brought RHD, but RHD only really started to gain a footing in the Netherlands much later on. After trains had been introduced to drive on the right, innercity trams followed suit and then cars had to share the road with those trams. That, more than anything that Napoleon did, prompted the Dutch switch from left to right. But then again, I tend to think of those early days as patchwork: notwithstanding the principle of RHD, drivers had to act on the basis of the situation at hand since roads were often not wide enough to bear traffic in two directions. In the Netherlands itself, that started to change in the early days of motorisation, but I'd imagine that the Dutch East Indies and Suriname simply did not have such a development.

You can probably compare it to roads elsewhere in formerly colonised nations in Asia. While they all became independent after motorisation, you typically do not see an awful lot of influence from their former rulers. Ditto in Africa, by the way.
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