Tanah Abang Skywalk starts trial run
The Jakarta Post
The long-delayed Tanah Abang Skybridge in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, is set to start a trial run for pedestrians on Friday.
The trial will run for a week to assess the pedestrian flow of the bridge, said city-owned market operator PD Pembangunan Sarana Jaya president director Yoory C. Pinontoan.
However, the trial run won't include access to the Tanah Abang Station as the tapping gate, which connects the bridge to the station, is still under construction.
"We are still waiting for PT Kereta Api Indonesia to finish the tapping gate’s construction," Yoory said on Thursday as reported by tempo.co, referring to the state-owned railway company.
He said a smaller bridge would connect the sky bridge and the station.
He added that the sky bridge would only be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the trial week before adjusting to the operational hours of the commuter line afterward.
Yoory said the relocation of street vendors who used to occupy Jl. Jati Baru Raya to the bridge would proceed gradually starting from Saturday or Sunday.
The Tanah Abang Sky Bridge finished construction in November after several delays. It connects the Tanah Abang textile market to the railway station.
Located above Jl. Jati Baru Raya, the sky bridge was built to prevent traffic congestion on the street.
A total of 446 street vendors will occupy the 400-meter-long bridge, which will also include smart toilets for pedestrians and street vendors. (ars)
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