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North Jakarta to revamp sidewalks for women in high heels, disabled

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 5, 2017   /   03:10 pm
North Jakarta to revamp sidewalks for women in high heels, disabled Smooth stride: A new sidewalk is under construction on Aug. 8 along Jl. Mahakam in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta. North Jakarta is making strides to build new sidewalks that cater to pedestrians' needs. (kompas.com /Nursita Sari)

Women in high heels and people with disabilities will soon find it more comfortable to walk along the sidewalks in North Jakarta, as the municipality is making sidewalks especially designed to cater to their needs.

The head of road infrastructure and utilization at the North Jakarta subsidiary of Bina Marga, Libertus, said that the construction of 12 wider and stronger sidewalks would be completed in November with a budget of Rp 42 billion (US$3 million).  

He said that the sidewalks planned for six districts would be using better paving materials, “like floor hardener and stamped concrete, which are sturdier than paving blocks".

“There will be no gaps between the paving blocks, so that women wearing high heels will not have to worry that their heels will get stuck,” Libertus said, as quoted on Monday by wartakota.tribunnews.com, adding that the new sidewalks would also cater to the needs of people with disabilities.

He added that the sidewalks would be broadened from 2 meters to 3.5 meters and would be painted in yellow, green, red and gray.

The new sidewalks also aim to ease the installation of underground utilities, such as underground cables.

“We want them to be neater, so that utility workers who need to uninstall underground utilities do not have to raise the entire sidewalk, only open the designated lid,” said Libertus. (dis)