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Indonesia Papua Road Network

There is currently no connecting road network throughout the Papua province, particularly in the central highlands.  Where there is road access it is centred around major towns and where possible spreads out to more regional areas.  Roads are a combination of asphalt and dirt/gravel in more inaccessible locations.  There is currently no road that links Jayapura in the North to Merauke in the South of the highlands.    

The development of the “Trans Papua” road is on-going.  This road aims to link all the major towns in the Papua central highlands via an asphalt road.  The interconnected highways would connect seven regions, namely Nabire - Waghete - Enarotali sepanjang (262 km), Timika -Mapurujaya - Pomako (42 km), Serui - Menawi - Saubeba (49 km),Jayapura - Wamena - Mulia (733 km), Jayapura - Sarmi (364 km), Jayapura - Hamidi - Holtekam - Skow - Papua New Guinea border (53 km) and Merauke – Waropko (557 km).

Construction on the road has been on-going for many years and there is currently no date for completion as it is dependent upon funding.  However, parts of this road have been completed, for example the roads in the Merauke district are now complete with asphalt up to the district border.  In other sections of the road it is classified as “jungle” as is only able to be passed with a 4x4 vehicle if there has been no rains or other issues for a number of weeks.

Wamena is not accessible by road from any direction and air operations are the only option for the movement of passengers and cargo.

For information on Indonesia Road Network contact details, please see the following link:

4.2.1 Indonesia Government Contact List

Distance Matrix – Jayapura Area

 

Jayapura

Abepura 

Sentani Airport

Sarmi 

Keerom

PNG Border

Jayapura

 

13

38

364

60

42

 Abepura

13

 

25

351

N/A

N/A

Sentani Airport

38

25

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

Sarmi 

364

351

N/A

 

N/A

N/A

Keerom 

60

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

N/A

PNG Border

42

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Jayapura to Senggi is 159kms of asphalt road, after this the road to Wamena is classified as “jungle”.

Distance Matrix – Biak Area

 

Biak

Bosnik 

Samber

Korem 

Warsa

Yenggarbun

Wardo

Sorendiweri

Biak

 

15

26

36

47

116

60

110

Bosnik

15

 

20

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Samber

26

20

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

34

N/A

Korem

36

N/A

N/A

 

N/A

80

55

74

Warsa

47

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

N/A

N/A

63

Yenggarbun

116

N/A

N/A

80

N/A

 

 

N/A

N/A

Wardo

60

N/A

34

55

N/A

N/A

 

N/A

Sorendirweri

110

N/A

N/A

74

63

N/A

N/A

 

Distance Matrix – Merauke Area

 

Merauke

Sota 

Bupul

Muting 

Asike

Tanah Merah

Merauke

 

76

244

247

370

458

Sota

76

 

168

171

294

382

Bupul

244

168

 

3

126

214

Muting 

247

171

3

 

123

211

Asike 

370

294

126

123

 

88

Tanah Merah

458

382

214

211

88

 

All the roads listed above are asphalt and are available for all vehicle access.

Distance Matrix – Wamena Area

 

Wamena

Karubaga 

Tiom

Elelin 

Mulia

Yonguru

Jayapura

Wamena

 

90

90

135

240

170

680

Karubaga

90

 

180

225

150

N/A

N/A

Tiom

90

180

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Elelin 

135

225

N/A

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

Mulia 

240

150

N/A

N/A

 

N/A

N/A

Yonguru

170

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

N/A

Jayapura

680

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Wamena to Elelin is an asphalt road. In general the roads are in a poor condition and very narrow in this area.

Travel Time Matrix

Travel times for the Papua central highlands are unpredictable and it is recommended to refer to conditions on the ground when making arrangements.

Travel Time from Capital City to Major Towns (km)

 

Jayapura

Abepura 

Sentani Airport

Sarmi 

Keerom

PNG Border

Jayapura

 

25 mins

1 hr

8hrs

2 hrs

 

 Abepura

25 mins

 

40 mins

   

Sentani Airport

1 hr

40 mins

    

Sarmi 

8 hrs

     

Keerom 

2 hrs

     

PNG Border

      

Road Security

As road conditions can be unpredictable due to weather conditions, planning in advance of any mission is advised.  In Wamena and the surrounding areas, there have been instances in the past of violence against vehicles or their occupants.  Therefore, checks should be made with the local Papuan authorities as well as UNDSS for security issues along the road network

Weighbridges and Axle Load Limits

Roads that are dirt or gravel should use 4x4 vehicle transport only and carry a maximum load of 3 tonnes.
The bridges in Biak province are wooden and the maximum load for use is 10mt.
Road transportation in Wamena is via 4x4 vehicles and the maximum load is 5mt.

Axle load limits

Papua

Truck with 2 axles

18mt

Truck with 3 axles

18mt

Truck with 4 axles

N/A

Semi-trailer with 3 axles

N/A

Semi-trailer with 4 axles

N/A

Semi-trailer with 5 axles

N/A

Semi-trailer with 6 axles

N/A

Truck & drawbar trailer with 4 axles

N/A

Truck & drawbar trailer with 5 axles

N/A

Truck & drawbar trailer with 6 axles

N/A

Truck & drawbar trailer with 7 axles

N/A