Part of octopus bridge reopens after upgrade

Pedestrians using one of the newly installed lifts at the octopus bridge. They can also use the escalators.

THE four-legged overhead pedestrian bridge near Komtar in Penang has partially reopened after being closed for more than two years for an upgrade.

Pedestrians can now use the link, dubbed the octopus or spider bridge due to its design, to cross over Dr Lim Chwee Leong Road from Komtar Walk.

The 24-year-old bridge, which was closed in February 2015 for upgrading, is expected to be fully reopened by Aug 31.

The upgrading included the installation of escalators and lifts on all four entrances to the bridge to aid the elderly and physically disabled.

A Penang Island City Council Engineering Department spokesperson said the staircases and escalators at the Komtar Walk and Dr Lim Chwee Leong Road-Penang Road entrances were opened to pedestrians on July 3.

She said the lifts at the two entrances were opened to the public on July 15.

The remaining sections to be completed are the two entrances at the Burmah Road-Penang Road junction.

The RM6mil upgrading project that began in 2015 was originally scheduled for completion in nine months to a year.

The delay resulted in state Local Government Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow coming under fire from Gerakan.

In response, Chow said there were problems transferring utility cables as well as the theft of lift cables which have since been installed.

The upgrading project was sponsored by Syarikat Ensignia Construction Sdn Bhd.

The firm will get a 25-year contract to lease out advertisement space on the bridge.

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