September 22, 2017

YCDC to build six new footbridges in Yangon this year

An overpass on Strand Road helps ease traffic congestion in  downtown Yangon City. Photo: benbansal.me
An overpass on Strand Road helps ease traffic congestion in downtown Yangon City. Photo: benbansal.me

Yangon, 10 July—The Yangon City Development Committee is planning to construct six new footbridges in the commercial capital this year, according to officials.
Two bridges will be built in the downtown area, three on Pyay Road, and one in Bahan Township.
A senior official said the YCDC is conducting pre-engineering works for the projects and is studying the feasibility of including escalators at the footbridges.
A pedestrian who was asked about footbridges said commuters faced difficulties crossing roads due to vehicles not slowing down for foot traffic.
Social service advocates have called for the new footbridges to be accessible for disabled persons.
The YCDC official said vendors will not be allowed to sell goods on the bridges.
YCDC built four footbridges on Pyay Road, Kaba Aye Pagoda Road, Strand Road and downtown last fiscal year. GNLM

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