KOTA KINABALU: Traffic flow into the city centre is set to become smoother with the opening of the six-lane bridge built by a developer with the Federal government’s cooperation.
The KK Times Square Bridge officially opened by Mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir on Friday was built by Asian Pac Holdings Berhad with the cooperation of Unit Kerjasama Awam Swasta (UKAS) of the Prime Minister’s Office
Asian Pac is the developer of the Imago Mall, that is part of the KK Times Square project, scheduled for opening on March 28. The bridge would connect the new complex with Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens in the city’s downtown.
The mayor said the bridge was a reflection of the success in private-public sector partnerships in making the state capital a more liveable city.
“The pursuit of sustainable and liveable communities and cities thrive on the involvement of the community in its design,” he said.
“This is why the KK Times Square Bridge is a significant investment which will go a long way in alleviating traffic in the city and towards building cohesive communities,” Abidin added.
Abidin later led a convoy across KK Times Square Bridge, effectively becoming the first Malaysian to use it.
The KK Times Square Bridge is designed with a three-lane dual carriageway skewed at 18 degrees, spanning 65 metres over the scenic Sungai Sembulan.
The bridge also features a pedestrian walkway and bicycle track, which is a part of the Tanjung Aru to Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Cycleway Project.
Asian Pac Holdings group managing director Datuk Mustapha Buang said the construction of the bridge was a reflection the company’s commitment in enhancing the lives of city folk.
For a city to be liveable, it begins with the connectivity and accessibility between people and places,” he said.
“The KK Times Square Bridge is always an integral part of our master plan, not only to provide connectivity and accessibility to the people who live, work, play and will soon shop here at Imago Mall,” Mustapha added.
“It is part of our deep commitment towards our role in elevating the development of greater Kota Kinabalu, and connecting people and places in a city of the future,” he said.
“This only serves to underscore the importance of what we are doing to support the infrastructure and economic development in the city by helping create a thriving, connected city,” he added.
The KK Times Square Bridge was intelligently designed to adopt a full integral bridge concept. To optimize the design of the relatively wide but shallow bridge, two units of single span twin cell box girders were used.
It is designed as cast in-situ post-tensioned box girder-bridge and the depth varies from 1.8 metres at mid span to four metres at the pier.
No expansion joints and bearings were used in the design of the bridge to minimize future maintenance cost; and it is built monolithically to the abutments.
Counter weight box segments of 10 metres long and 5.1 metres deep, filled in with granular fill material, are provided at the two abutments. Bored piles were used as the foundation of the bridge structures, to provide resistance as well as the lateral soil structure interaction.
The first phase of KK Times Square, consisting of 12 blocks of five to eight-storey shop-offices, known as Signature Office, was completed in 2007.
Phase two is made up of The Loft Residences serviced apartments, and the Imago Mall.