High­way for Gur­ney Drive

> Cost of about RM400 mil­lion to be borne by state

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY AARON NGUI

GE­ORGE TOWN: An eight-lane high­way has been planned for Gur­ney Drive fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of recla­ma­tion works there, which will help dis­perse traf­fic from the Sri Tan­jung Pi­nang 2 (STP2) project at Tan­jung Tokong.

Pe­nang Pub­lic Works, Util­i­ties and Trans­porta­tion Com­mit­tee chair­man Lim Hock Seng said the high­way was still in the con­cep­tual stage and will be sit­u­ated on a por­tion of the re­claimed land.

He said the high­way will serve to al­le­vi­ate traf­fic con­ges­tion by be­ing con­nected to the pro­posed Tan­jung Bun­gah-Teluk Ba­hang paired road as well as the Gur­ney Drive-Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu by­pass.

He said the cost was es­ti­mated at be­tween RM300 mil­lion and RM400 mil­lion, and was “to be borne by the state at this point in time” but that dis­cus­sions on fi­nanc­ing were still on­go­ing.

“This will ben­e­fit the state,” he said when asked about the cost of the pro­posed project at an ad hoc press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day af­ter he wound up the de­bate on the Sup­ply Bill 2017 at the Pe­nang leg­isla­tive as­sem­bly.

The recla­ma­tion at Gur­ney Drive is be­ing un­der­taken by de­vel­oper E&O un­der Phase 2A of the STP2 project at a cost of RM1.07 bil­lion, with the 24.28ha recla­ma­tion of the Gur­ney shore­front ex­pected to be com­pleted by mid-2018.

Other than the high­way, a seafront prom­e­nade – Gur­ney Wharf – with seafront re­tail and food and bev­er­age el­e­ments, is also be­ing planned.

Lim dis­missed al­le­ga­tions the re­claimed area will be used for high-rise projects.

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