New bridge ready in 12 weeks

The new bridge over Sungai Jelutong connects Greenlane Heights and Island Park in Penang. — Photos: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

RESIDENTS of Greenlane Heights and Island Park in Penang can now cross Sungai Jelutong safely following the completion of a new pedestrian bridge.

The old bridge, which was damaged by recent storms, is now replaced with a concrete bridge while embankment along the stretch is reinforced.

Seri Delima assemblyman Syerleena Abdul Rashid said the project, costing RM252,300, took only 12 weeks to complete.

“Work on the makeover started June 17 and was completed on Sept 22, thanks to the contractor and state Drainage and Irrigation Department.

“The project includes demolishing the original structure and rebuilding a 24m-long bridge that is 1.8m wide with a 20m-long staircase.

“To mitigate flooding, a 200m-long embankment along the river was reinforced, ” she said after opening the pedestrian bridge on Saturday.

She said future plans to improve the area would include incorporating jogging tracks and gazebos by the river.

Greenlane Heights Village Community Management Council chairman Yeap Kean Chye said residents appreciated the project that would tremendously ease their mobility.

“The old bridge served for about 20 years and we are glad that it is now upgraded.“We have about 10,000 residents here and many of them including the young and old use the bridge daily.

“The elderly will cross the bridge to reach the market while students use it to bypass the main road to reach school, ” he said.

Also present was Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh.

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