Second Penang link ready in July

GEORGE TOWN: The second Penang bridge is set for completion in July.

The longest bridge in South-East Asia and 20th in the world will then go through road commissioning and testing in August before being officially opened in September.

During a tour, the media was given a first-hand look at the 24km-long bridge with 16.9km spanning over water.

The second Penang bridge links Batu Kawan on the mainland to Batu Maung on the island and offers users a unique experience of its “curvy” design and aesthetics of the cable-suspended section of the bridge at the navigation span.

Travelling time on the bridge is estimated to take about 30 minutes at 80kph.

The bridge would also be decorated with LED lights to match various festive seasons similar to that of the Incheon Bridge in South Korea, said Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd Package One senior manager Azmi Mohamed yesterday.

He added that work had also started on road furnishing like the installation of parapet, street lighting, road signs and tarring.

He said the China Harbour Engineering Co Ltd (M) Sdn Bhd (CHEC) would be in charge of the 475m stretch of the main navigation span.

“The height clearance is 30m and width 240m for vessels to pass beneath at the main centre span.

“This bridge is also constructed with two car lanes and one motorcycle lane. This means that motorcyclists have to use the designated lane or risk being summoned,” he said.

He added that the opening of the RM4.41bil bridge in September would be two months ahead of schedule.

The second Penang Bridge is 10.5km longer than the first bridge and once open will provide easy access for commuters to the Batu Kawan stadium, Batu Kawan industrial park and the Plus highway.

On the island, commuters will have direct access to the Free Industrial Zone.

It was reported that the bridge is expected to reduce traffic congestion on the current Penang Bridge by 25% to 30% and could cater to around 100,000 vehicles per hour.

Source: StarProperty.my

  1. PBBinvest
    May 10th, 2013 at 16:20 | #1

    The four pillars at center span looks like senget in the picture.

  2. homebuyer
    May 11th, 2013 at 06:31 | #2

    yeah…but…will it bring more car out or in?

  3. Tambun
    May 11th, 2013 at 07:42 | #3

    dont be the ginny pig to test the bridge when it first open, it made in China, u know wat I mean ? the bridge will need 2 years to stabilize

  4. Francis Rhinehart
    May 11th, 2013 at 10:59 | #4

    More cars coming in to Island… more ppl….

  5. Micheal
    May 12th, 2013 at 13:21 | #5

    More jam especially Jelutong xpressway up till The second link at Batu Maung. Koyak.

    On the other side, We would probably see the properties at simpang empat and batu kawan to goes up another 7-10%.

  6. test
    May 13th, 2013 at 13:58 | #6

    it won’t go up..in batu kawan

  7. Never
    May 13th, 2013 at 14:15 | #7

    why it wont go up?

  8. browser
    May 13th, 2013 at 14:42 | #8

    looks exciting, the work to upgrade the road btw 1st & 2nd bridge looks like starting dy also.

  9. Phillip Gooi
    May 13th, 2013 at 15:14 | #9

    Looks like property prices on the island will go up again several more levels….. already out of reach of the ordinary people…….

  10. Phillip Gooi
    May 13th, 2013 at 15:14 | #10

    Those who can afford better buy now especially landed properties on the island….

  11. uncle T
    uncle T
    May 14th, 2013 at 15:54 | #11

    Population in Penang island not as much for now. Worry the price in Penang will not up so fast. And developer come out so much property this is a doubt also ?? any ideal …

  12. S Prakash
    May 15th, 2013 at 07:06 | #12

    @uncle T
    Do not worry Uncle…. Penang will always be in demand… everyone who ever visits this island will fall in love with it…..it has been this way and will always be this way…. not just Malaysians…. Singaporeans and even Hong Kongers… so lets take care of our pretty little Mutiara

  13. Bryan
    May 15th, 2013 at 09:41 | #13

    With the bridge, many consider bigger and cheaper house at mainland and traveling to work daily, until 1 day petrol price increase, traffic volume increase and loading both bridges, many may reconsider to move back to island. But by that time, it will be too late unless willing to accept smaller and more expensive house.

  14. jeff
    May 23rd, 2013 at 22:00 | #14

    houses at mainland is also not very cheap. places like BM or Simpang Ampat is also very expensive already…how to afford??

  15. Ryan Ong
    May 23rd, 2013 at 22:33 | #15

    Work harder and smarter…..get ppl to work for you… buy their time to do your work and earn from them and give them a small portion while you take the lion’s share…. that way soon you will be living in a bungalow in Pulau Tikus…. good luck

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