The Jakarta Post
With issues settled and construction finished, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has expressed hope that the Tanah Abang Skybridge, a multifunction bridge in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, will open on Dec. 7.
“All issues have been dealt with. I hope that, with the agreement, the final move [to open the sky bridge] can be carried out soon,” he said on Friday as reported by tempo.co, referring to an agreement between the Jakarta administration and state-owned railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia over the operation of the bridge above Jl. Jati Baru Raya.
Mediated by the Jakarta branch of the Indonesian Ombudsman, the two parties resolved various issues that delayed the launch of the sky bridge, which was to initially open in late October.
The city administration agreed to provide facilities such as toilets and security personnel while KAI will provide gates for passengers who will use the bridge to enter Tanah Abang Station.
The 400-meter-long bridge connects the Tanah Abang railway station to a famous textile market. On the bridge, there will be also lines of kiosks for street vendors who used to occupy Jl. Jati Baru Raya to sell their products.
The president director of city-owned market operator PD Pembangunan Sarana Jaya, Yoory C. Pinontoan, said construction of the bridge was finished. The authorities have been running simulations this week to assess traffic and pedestrian flow both on the bridge and underneath. (vla)