Pintasan Saloma (Saloma Bridge or Saloma Link)

Pintasan Saloma (Saloma Bridge or Saloma Link) connecting KLCC with Kampung Baru has finally reopened at night (daytime pictures were taken back in March before MCO). Saloma Link (Malay: Pintasan Saloma) is a 69 metres (226 ft) combined pedestrian and bicyclist bridge across the Klang River directed northwest to southeast. It joins Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur (northwest) and Kuala Lumpur City Centre (southeast). On the southwestern end a ramp leads up to the bridge, whereas on the northwest there are stairs and an elevator from street level. The bridge’s architecture is inspired by the sireh junjung (betel nut leaf arrangement) concept, which is an integral part of a Malay wedding. During night time the bridge cannot be accessed (from 01:00 until 05:00 from Monday to Saturday and 0:30 until 05:00 on Sundays and public holidays). The name is derived from the Malaysian-Singaporean singer Saloma, who is buried on the nearby Jalan Ampang Muslim Cemetery. Though not exceptionally long by modern standards, construction of the steel bridge faced many technical and logistical challenges, as it has to cross an expressway, which has to be kept open. The two piers of the bridge are also sunk within the protection zones of the Kelana Jaya LRT line tunnels, which rules out the use of heavy machinery, while requiring excavation by hand to minimise vibrations. Other obstructions that had to be overcome include the water pipes along Akleh, the vehicular tunnel from Akleh to KLCC, as well as LRT tunnel ventilation shaft. VERITAS Design Group designed the structure, which opened to the public on 5 February 2020. The project cost 31 million Ringgit Malaysia ($7.5 million).

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