End of bridge works in sight

Men at work on the pedestrian bridge. (Right) A view of one of the bridge’s lifts. — Photos by GARY CHEN/The Star

THE four-legged overhead pedestrian bridge known as the ‘octopus’ bridge near Komtar will be ready by the end of August.

Syarikat Ensignia Construction Sdn Bhd executive director Lim Gik Chay said construction works at two of the pedestrian bridge’s legs at the Dr Lim Chwee Leong Road-Penang Road junction had been completed.

“Once the Department of Occupational Health and Safety gives the green light on May 30, two of the lifts and two escalators will be opened for public use next month,” he told reporters during a site visit yesterday.

Commenting on the delay of the bridge’s upgrading works, Gik Chay said there were several contributing factors.

Brief caption: Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng visits octopus bridge, Penang.Pix by GARY CHEN/The Star/ 26 May 2017.
A view of one of the bridge’s lifts. — Photos by GARY CHEN/The Star

“First of all, we cannot start (work) on all the four legs of the bridge at the same time because we still need to give access to pedestrians. So, we need to do it one at a time.

“Secondly, it’s due also to underground services,” he said.

Gik Chay also cited theft and vandalism as among the factors for the delay, adding that they had filed six police reports.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the project was a corporate social responsibility effort by a private sector.

“We hope that it can be completed as quickly as possible,” he said.

It was reported recently that Local Government Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow was questioned over the delay in the upgrading of the bridge which started in February 2015, and was supposed to be completed in nine months to a year.

When ready, the bridge, which was first built in 1993, will have lifts and escalators at each of the four legs of the bridge for the elderly and disabled.

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