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Monday, 19 June 2017

(The Star) Pedestrian bridge almost completed

KUCHING: The Golden Anniversary Bridge Project at the Kuching Waterfront has hit a new milestone after the successful joining of the last segments of the steel walkway.

The works, near completion after it was finally connected in the middle of Sungai Sarawak, has symbolically established a new connectivity between the north and south of Kuching city.

The project is a joint venture between PPES Works (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd and Naim Land Sdn Bhd as the contractors, along with the state government and Sarawak Economic Development Corporation as clients.

“This iconic site is indicative of Sarawak’s unique past and rich heritage, and it represents the dynamism and growth of Sarawak into a progressive and rapidly developing state with an upwardly mobile diverse population and a thriving tourist industry.

“It is highly appropriate that today’s landmark bringing together both sides of the river, os just before the upcoming Hari Raya celebrations – a global and state-wide symbol of unity and community,” Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd Group managing director Datuk Richard Curtis said in a statement.

He believed the bridge would become a welcoming sight for Sarawakians, adding to the growing list of iconic landmarks Kuching city has to offer, and one that involved the state’s historical river waterfront and adjoining areas.

The Golden Anniversary Bridge Project was awarded on Dec 20, 2013, on a turnkey (design and build) basis to PPES Works (Sarawak) and Naim Land JV and is scheduled for completion before the end of 2017.

The uniquely curved 330m-long pedestrian bridge will be supported by cables from two 45m tall and 48 degree outward-angled steel towers and topped with stylised hornbills, once completed.

In addition, two covered viewing platforms will provide pedestrians with a resting spot complete with panoramic views across the city’s heritage focal points.

As well as being both functional and convenient, the bridge will provide easy access for residents, commuters and tourists from Kuching Waterfront at the southern bank to the State Legislative Assembly Complex, Orchid Garden and Fort Margherita at the northern bank.

The bridge will also become an integral part of the planned Legacy Park and Halaman Heritage Trail.

The Golden Anniversary Bridge is designed exclusively for pedestrians, including the disabled, with easily manageable gentle gradients to ascend and descend. Motorised traffic of any kind is prohibited for safety reasons.