Penang will build a spiral ramp for bicycles connecting the flyover across the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway and the bridge crossing Sungai Nibong Kecil and Sungai Ara.
GEORGE TOWN, Jan 21 — A spiral ramp for bicycles, the first in Malaysia, will be built to connect the flyover across the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway and the bridge crossing Sungai Nibong Kecil and Sungai Ara.
With a length of 270m, it is part of the dedicated bicycle lane from Queensbay Mall to the Penang International Airport in Bayan Lepas. The 10.5km stretch is being developed at a cost of RM10 million.
A tender for the project will be called soon.
Penang Island City Council engineering department deputy director A. Rajendran said the unique feature was necessary as the location did not allow for normal ramp for cyclists.
“We have limited space in the area, so we decided on the spiral ramp.”
Rajendran said the project involved several developers and they funded the project as part of their corporate social responsibility.
Among the firms involved are IJM Land Berhad, Tropicana Ivory Sdn Bhd, GSD Land (M) Sdn Bhd, CP Landmark Sdn Bhd and Asia Green Group.
The 3.6km flyover stretch between Queensbay and the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge, is to be constructed by UEM Builders Berhad at a cost of RM7.9 million.
“The cost for this stretch is higher as it involves building bridges over several rivers crossing the area,” said Rajendran.
The total length is 39.9km, costing RM30.6 million.
Among the cycle lane stretches are the 11km Tanjong Tokong-Esplanade lane costing RM2.2 million; 2.3km Esplanade-George Town Heritage Zone (RM500,000), and the 12.5km Komtar-Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway-Queensbay Mall (RM10 million).
When completed the lane stretches from Tanjung Tokong, Georgetown, Bayan Baru, Free Industrial Zone and Penang International Airport in Bayan Lepas.
“All stages of construction will be implemented through open tender for potential contractors to bid,” said Rajendran.
The project is expected to be completed in 2020.
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