A HAZARDOUS pedestrian walkaway in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur, is finally getting reconstructed.
The 800m walkway from Jalan Jambu Gajus Jinjang Selatan to Taman Jinjang Baru Jalan 2/32 has been in bad condition for a long time.
The precast concrete slab that was used for its construction 50 years ago was completely damaged.
Thanks to an initiative by Kepong community service centre head Yee Poh Ping and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), the 800m walkway will be made safer for pedestrians and have a ramp added for it to be accessible by the disabled.
“We think it’s time for an upgrade as the walkway has been in this condition for a very long time,” said DBKL civil engineer Errwan Abdul Rashid.
“We are planning to improve the drainage and outlets to avoid flash floods, reconstruct the walkway and upgrade the street light’s wiring system,” he added.
According to Yee, the stretch is very busy as a post office, banks and temples are located there.
He said many elderly pedestrians had been struggling to walk along the uneven lane.
“A few pedestrians have even been injured, mostly elderly folks. With the busy road, the situation is quite risky for the pedestrians,” said Yee.
The walkway’s construction started last November and is estimated to be completed by April.