THE new Taman Cantek bridge in Lorong Cantek off Jalan Permatang Pauh, Butterworth, is now completed and open to traffic.
Construction started on Dec 8 last year.
Penang youth and sports committee chairman Soon Lip Chee said the new bridge measuring 13m long and nine metres wide was higher and wider than the previous bridge.
He also said waste would not be trapped anymore under the new bridge, thus putting an end to flood problems along Jalan Cantek.
“The road has been re-tarred from the junction of Jalan Permatang Pauh to the bridge at Pangsapuri Cantek, ” said Soon, who is Bagan Jermal assemblyman, after he visited the site recently.
Also present were north Seberang Prai Drainage and Irrigation district engineer Adhar Yahaya, Raja Uda Village Community Management Council (MPKK) chairman Saw Kok Leong, Kampung Simpah MPKK chairman Tee Chun Chai and Mak Mandin MPKK chairman Seng Beng Wah.
Soon added that the project, costing RM500,000, was done by a contractor appointed by the Penang Drainage and Irrigation Department.
He said the contractor was currently carrying out repair works on defects of the road near the bridge.
Soon pointed out that the Taman Cantek bridge upgrading project was part of the Mak Mandin Flood Mitigation Plan (RTB).
He said besides the upgrading project, the state DID had also recently completed widening of the road and upgrading of the monsoon drain near the bridge.
“This road widening and drain upgrading will help reduce the risk of flooding in the future, ” he added.
The new bridge will make it convenient for road users to travel to Hotel Aroma, Starbucks, restaurants and entertainment centres through Lorong Cantek.
Soon announced that another similar new bridge, also costing about RM500,000, would be built in a few months’ time.
It will be located where the road connects to Pangsapuri Cantek.
“The new bridge will replace the existing one.
“We are waiting for Telekom Malaysia Bhd to relocate poles and wires.
“Once relocation is done, the project can start, ” he added.