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Jl. Kendal underpass gets facelift, now for pedestrians only

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 27, 2019   /   06:26 pm
Jl. Kendal underpass gets facelift, now for pedestrians only Commuters walk through the pedestrian underpass on Jl. Kendal, Central Jakarta. The underpass is also decorated with colorful lighting. (kompas.com/Ryana Aryadita)

An underpass on Jl. Kendal beside Sudirman Station in Central Jakarta, which used to be crammed with vehicles making U-turns from Jl. Blora onto Jl. Tanjung Karang to head toward Grand Indonesia shopping mall, has had a facelift.

It is now also for pedestrians only.

The underpass is part of the capital city’s major transportation hub of Dukuh Atas in South Jakarta. The area has been designated as the main transit point for six modes of public transportation, namely the MRT, the commuter line, the Railink airport train, Transjakarta bus services and the future LRT services of LRT Jakarta and LRT Jabodebek.

The 5 meter high walls of the underpass have been painted all white and are decorated with colorful lights that change every few minutes.

However, some parts are still under construction.

A security guard at the underpass, Eko Widiyanto, said the construction had begun in early March.

"It's been almost three weeks. It's likely that they will finish the construction this month," Eko said on Tuesday as quoted by Kompas.com.

Since it becomes a pedestrian underpass, vehicles traveling from Jl. Blora can only turn left onto Jl. Latuharhary, as the right turn below the Sudirman overpass has been closed, preventing vehicles from making U-turns in the tunnel. (ggq)