In dire need of pedestrian walkways

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  • Wednesday, 07 Aug 2019

There are no pedestrian walkways from the billboards along Lebuhraya Thean Tek until Medan Angsana 1.

AT THE traffic lights junction at Lebuhraya Thean Tek and Jalan Thean Tek in Bandar Baru Ayer Itam, Penang, there is a billboard with the message ‘Pulau Pinang Mesra Pejalan Kaki’ (Penang Pedestrian-Friendly) and ‘Pedestrian is king’.

Ironically, from the billboards along Lebuhraya Thean Tek until Medan Angsana 1, about 200m away, there are no pedestrian walkways on either side of this busy road. Worse still, part of the road is an accident-prone area.

I have been writing to the service centre of the Paya Terubong assemblyman since 2003 to suggest the office look into the matter, and have been following up with the service centre for the past six years.

While I do get replies, I unfortunately get replies which are irrelevant to the issue. I get replies like “we are working with the relevant authorities to make the road safer like resurfacing the road, repainting yellow boxes and installing more street lights and traffic lights” but nothing on the pedestrian walkways.

Lebuhraya Thean Tek is a major road which is used by motorists from Paya Terubong and even Balik Pulau to bypass Ayer Itam. Traffic is expected to increase after the new road connecting Bandar Baru Ayer Itam and Bukit Jambul through Bukit Kukus is open.

I am baffled by the absence of pedestrian walkways on this road for so many years. In fact, such pavements have been redone at other roads in Bandar Baru Ayer Itam like near Tanjung Court and further up in Jalan Zoo.

CP Lee

Bandar Baru Ayer Itam
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