February 19, 2011

Overhead Bridge in Miri

Those of us who frequent the markets of Mosjaya would know how dangerous it is to arrive by bus from Lambir and cross the road to the shops or to cross over to the Army Camp at Batu 2 1/2. School students have always been told not the cross the road by their parents. But many fatal accidents have occurred in the last ten years. One or two indigenous people have given their lives away. The hit and run crivers never owned up.

So the overhead bridge joining the Merdeka Mall and the Mosjaya Complex is a truly welcome structure.

This will provide safety for many. Mothers would be happy to bring their children shopping without fear.




Apparently at any one time this bridge can hold up 300 people. I hope old people will also enjoy crossing the bridge and getting help along the way - without being pushed aside!! I wish that the construction companies would provide harnesses and helmets for their workers. These foreign and local workers are not following the International Safety rules for building construction. Perhaps some people well versed in OHSA can comment on this. Visitors to construction sites should also wear safety helmets and even safety boots.


Definitely the people who frequent this area will bless the people behind the idea and construction!! The bridge is almost complete when this photo was taken. Urban sprawl is definitely a social and geographical phenomenon here in Miri. With urbanisation all of us are aware of the costs we have to pay - more cost for security and welfare - more spending on amenities and utilities. But it should NOT all be paid or borne by the tax payers.

I know I will feel safe walking across using this bridge....and old folks especially will be so happy with the people behind this overhead bridge....Cheers.

14 comments:

Puan Isah said...

Yes at last! An overhead bridge! I passed this road almost everyday to go to town and home and have always held my breath driving pass here. Pedestrians always seem to be popping from both sides of the road and one has got to be more watchful.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Dear Puan Isah
How nice to hear from you!! Yes...I always have some horrible thoughts passing by here. Just in case a small child runs out from no where...Finally we have on OH bridge now...Cheers.

Ah Ngao said...

over here in kuching i hope they build an overhead bridge spanning The Spring and ST3 soon - very dangerous for the pedestrian to cross the road - fast cars

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Yeah...Ah Ngao..very often OH bridge built only a few lives have been sacrificed...a pity. We are not proactive...we are reactive in culture.

Anonymous said...

if it is old people friendly, we need the lift to go up and down the bridge.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Good idea but lift system is not in the plan yet I think...may be some years down the road...but it is a good thought..I will love to have that too.

Ghosty Nana said...

Most of overhead bridge only built for commecial purpose, not for pedestrians. If there is no Merdeka Mall, I don't think they will ever build this overhead bridge.

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Sarawakiana@2 said...

Yeah GN...I am glad there is Merdeka Mall and so much life has come around this area...and the overhead bridge is an added benefit...I agree with you. No MM no OHB....thanks to those who quickly mooted the idea. Actually as a city Miri needs more OHB.

rudy cipoeng said...

...so proud of this.......I,,m Indonesian stay in Kuching join with JKR HQ since 2000. , hope I can come and see the design of overhead bridge has materialist.

rudy cipoeng said...

....I mean...the design of overhead bridge has materialized.
rudyp@sarawaknet.gov.my.

rudy cipoeng said...

assalamualaikum puan.........

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