The building of the Golden Bridge is hoped to further encourage integration between communities on both sides of Sarawak River.
The 400m pedestrian bridge, measuring 3.25m in width and looming 12m above the water, would span across Sarawak River from the DUN Complex in the north to the Charles Brooke Memorial near the iconic Kuching Waterfront viewing tower in the south.
According to Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), the implementing agency for the RM35mil project, it would take at least 24 months to complete the bridge, or by the end of 2015.
The S-shape structural design was inspired by the meandering rivers in the state.
It combines the essential aspects of form and function.
Supported from the twin piers by suspended steel cables, the walkway would appear being held by a web of angled wires — reminiscent of the arched wings of a traditional Bidayuh bamboo bridge.
Its custom-designed floors would incorporate translucent non-slip glass sections engraved with distinctive motifs and images of Sarawak. It would have the gentle gradients to accommodate pedestrians, buggies and the disabled.
Two viewing decks, each measuring 30m by 10m, attached like a wing from each pier would allow pedestrians to stop and enjoy the panoramic views of the city and traditional Malay villages from many angles.
A consortium comprising PPES Works (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd and Naim Land Sdn Bhd is the contractor of the Golden Bridge project.