In all, a total of at least 70 kilometres of highways costing RM14.7 billion are planned to be built on the island alone. An eight lane highway is planned for Gurney Drive, due to cut through the middle of the Gurney Wharf public park, and over half of this new road network on the island will be elevated, with high levels of traffic noise and vibration close to our homes, schools and places of worship.
Not even our parks are spared, as plans include as a 6 lane suspension bridge over the Youth Park, with an elevated access road cutting through the Jesselton residential area. A double deck highwayis planned for Jalan Perak and Jalan Sungai Pinang.
Is this really what we want for Penang? The experience of Klang Valley tells us that elevated structures destroy communities who live in their shadows. Businesses close down and move away and areas that were once vibrant, begin a slow demise.