The Jakarta Post
Underground access to the bus stop and MRT station at the Hotel Indonesia (HI) traffic circle will replace a pedestrian bridge that will be torn down.
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said on Sunday that the bridge would be torn down, because it was blocking motorists’ view of the Welcome Monument.
The bridge was built during the administration of former governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, who declared it the standard for pedestrian bridges across the city.
“[Once the bridge is taken down], we will be able to see Jl. Thamrin [...] and reach the traffic circle with the sight of the Welcome Monument," Anies said, as quoted by kompas.com.
The dismantling would be carried out ahead of the Asian Games, so that foreign guests would be able to see the statue as they pass the thoroughfare, he added.
“The statue was built to welcome participants of the Asian Games in 1962," he said.
The bridge will be replaced by an underpass to be connected with the Transjakarta bus stop and MRT station in the area, according to Anies.
"People will cross the thoroughfare underground when the MRT is operational," he said.
Jakarta is getting ready to host the quadrennial sporting event from Aug. 18 to Sept. 2 alongside Palembang, South Sumatra. (acr/rfa)