Sri Rampai Pedestrian Bridge
Completed in 2016, the Sri Rampai Pedestrian Bridge spans across a busy dual-carriageway in a thriving residential and business neighbourhood, east of Kuala Lumpur. It forms part of the wider redevelopment of Wangsa Maju area – an existing residential neighbourhood – into a vibrant self-contained township in its own right, featuring malls, housing, shops, offices and restaurants. This 100-metre long bridge provides a safe crossing between a public transport system and the thriving mixed development area, previously disconnected from the LRT (Light Rapid Train) station by the busy road.
The pedestrian bridge is a steel structure with an L-shaped plan, elevated above the road by a 4-pronged and 2-pronged steel columns. The floor deck is a latticed steel structure, topped by anti-slip floor finish. The handrail and roof is held up simultaneously by a system of slim metal tubular structure that sits directly on the floor deck.
The bridge connects pedestrians moving across from the ground level and also from a multi-storey carpark structure. Many local commuters who work in the city centre park their cars in this carpark structure and take the LRT for the remaining of the journey. Since the completion of the bridge, the number of commuters who leave their cars behind have increased dramatically.
The bridge is 4.6 metres wide, sufficient to cater to high pedestrian traffic during morning and late afternoon rush house of people going to and returning from work. The bridge is 5.4 metres high above the road – a height that allows heavy and emergency vehicles to pass through. From the span across the road, the bridge turns perpendicularly and ramps up at an inclination of 1 in 12 to meet the parking structure at Level 2.
Taking the cue from the vibrant and bustling neighbourhood, the design express this dynamic characteristic through the structural system, the finishing of materials and dynamic lighting solutions. Here, a sculptural triangulated pattern occurs homogeneously throughout the structure – from the flooring pattern on the floor deck, to the handrails and the fabric roof structure. The slim structural frames above deck level feature built-in LED rope lighting, illuminating the bridge at night in changing loop of colours.
Photos by Pixelaw