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The Horrible Mess of Elevated Highways

In all, a total of at least 70 kilometres of highways costing RM14.7 billion are planned to be built on the island alone. Some of these structures will come in close contact with existing businesses and housing areas.

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.

Elevated highways will run above existing roads at heights similar to adjacent buildings along Jalan Bagan Jermal, Jalan Gottlieb, Jalan Lembah Permai, Jalan Tanjung Bungah and Jalan Tanjung Tokong, Persiaran Kuari (Jessleton), Jalan Perak, Jalan Sungai Pinang, Jalan Paya Terubong, Jalan Tengah with the construction of interchange ramps along the route.
An 8 lane highway through Gurney Wharf?
Will it be a pleasant park next to the noise and fumes of this?
A 6 lane highway over the Youth Park? Is this really what we want for our open spaces?
A double deck highway along Jalan Perak and Jalan Sungai Pinang?
Digging a tunnel under Jalan Perak?
How long will it be like this for?

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.

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