A bridge connecting popular downtown parks Lumphini and Benjakitti will get a makeover with more trees and security.
The same team behind the elevated greenway mini park that opened last year above the Chao Phraya River have unveiled plans for the “Bangkok Green Bridge,” an upgraded version of a raised path used by walkers, joggers and young footballers that was built two decades ago.
When finished, the Green Bridge will have added lighting and security cameras to improve safety, according to the Urban Design and Development Center.
The bridge will remain open for use during the renovation.
The 1.3-kilometer pedestrian bridge links Lumphini Park at Sarasin Intersection to Benjakitti Park in the Khlong Toei district. Three spots will be beautified along the walkway – at Sarasin Intersection and the walkways spanning the Chalerm Maha Nakhon Expressway and Ratchadapisek Road.
Deputy Bangkok Gov. Sakchai Boonma described the existing bridge as little-used and crime-prone at night, though on a regular day it can be quite crowded.
Urban Design and Development Center director Niramon Serisakul said her team has consulted with residents in nearby Soi Polo Soi Ruamrudee since 2019 to solicit feedback on the design.
The Green Bridge project will cost THB260 million (US$8.2 million) and is optimistically set for completion by mid-2022.