The 1.7km Gurney Drive will sport a new, greener look under the proposed Seri Tanjung Pinang (STP) phase two reclamation project to be undertaken by Eastern and Oriental (E&O) Bhd.
It will incorporate some 20ha of greenery area including a new parkland, water features, a cycling route and palm-tree lined promenade.
There will also be a 400m-long bridge connecting Gurney Drive to a new 307ha man-made island to be developed in the same project.
The bridge will be close to a popular seafood restaurant near the Gurney Drive roundabout.
Penang Works, Utility and Transportation Committee chairman Lim Hock Seng said the 53ha of land in Gurney Drive to be reclaimed by the group for the state government would mostly be used for recreation and not for commercial purposes.
“The seafront promenade will be wider and there will be more lanes on the road after the project.
“Now the road has three lanes. It will be extended to become nine to 10 lanes with parking space as well.
“Besides a new cycling route and jogging track, there may be a few eating outlets but there will be no high-rise buildings.
“This is the proposed concept. There may be changes but rest assured, the land will not be for commercial purposes,” he said when contacted yesterday.
On the portion of reclaimed land on Gurney Drive, 20.23ha will be government reserve land, 21ha for open spaces and buffer area, 6.87ha of land for the expressway and 4.85ha for amenities, utilities or infrastructure.
It will be fronting Gurney Reach, the new name for the seafront promenade on the man-made island to be created in the sea between Gurney Drive and Straits Quay in Tanjung Tokong.
On Saturday at a public dialogue in Straits Quay, E&O managing director Datuk Terry Tham had said Gurney Reach, which will complement Gurney Drive, would have open air cafes, restaurants and either an aquarium or a museum.
The dialogue was held with affected residents and relevant government agencies.
The aim was to obtain feedback on the project that will be incorporated into the detailed environmental impact assessment.
The island, part of a RM25bil project to be completed over the next 20 years, will be linked to Straits Quay and Gurney Drive by two 400m-long bridges.
The project will be carried out by Tanjung Pinang Development, jointly owned by E&O Property (Penang) with a 78.8% stake and the Penang Government with 21.2% stake.
The other government reserve land in the project are a 24.28ha plot in phase two of STP (to begin in Tanjong Tokong) and 8ha for the Penang Outer Ring Road.