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Second Penang bridge expected to open in February

December 13th, 2013 Leave a comment

The second Penang bridge, which is now 99.9% completed, is expected to be opened to the public in February, said Works Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof.

“Only the construction of two toll plazas in Batu Kawan – one at the Bandar Cassia interchange and the other at the interchange connecting to the North-South Expressway (NSE) – is yet to be completed.

“Upon completion, the 28-booth toll plaza in Bandar Cassia will be the largest in the country,” he told a press conference at the China Harbour Engineering Co Ltd (M) Sdn Bhd office in Batu Maung here.

Currently, the Sungai Besi toll plaza is the largest one in the country with over 18 lanes.

The Bandar Cassia toll plaza (PB2X Toll Plaza) will be managed by Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd. NSE operator PLUS Expressway Bhd will operate the other one (PLUS Toll Plaza).

“The PB2X Toll Plaza is meant for motorists who are not using the NSE, especially the locals who want to commute to the island from the Batu Kawan area. After the construction is done, we have to integrate the system with other highways such as the NSE,” Fadillah said.

He added that the bridge would be opened to the public only after it met requirements set by the Malaysian Highway Authority.

On talk that toll rates would be increased next year, he said they were subject to review every three to five years and added that the toll rates for the bridge were still at the negotiation stage.

“We have a total of 29 tolled highways in the country and the concession agreements vary.

“For example, the NSE is due to be reviewed in 2016,” he said, adding that a few highway tolls would be reviewed next year and the incremental rate would depend on the Federal Government, which would take into account its financial position and the people’s economic situation.

The second Penang bridge, spanning 24km with 16.9km over the sea, is expected to ease at least 25% of traffic congestion on Penang Bridge.

Source: StarProperty.my

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  1. KT
    December 13th, 2013 at 13:14 | #1

    This is just so fishy. September said the bridge is ahead of schedule and blame the collapse for 1 month delay. Then expected to complete by Nov 8. Later said delay and it is 99% completed.

    Now say February, and 99.9% completed.

    May be February will say March and 99.999% completed

    I doubt they know how to come up with the percentage.

  2. Q
    December 13th, 2013 at 17:36 | #2

    Why it takes so long for the 2nd bridge to open? Sigh…

  3. Chocolate
    December 13th, 2013 at 17:52 | #3

    Can ask for VO then why not in delay? Typical thing la..

  4. gtikae
    December 13th, 2013 at 20:34 | #4

    not february. maybe may or june next year. base on current progress.

  5. Felix
    December 13th, 2013 at 21:03 | #5

    2nd Bridge Toll construction work not yet complete how to run on 2nd bridge???
    It is not toll free lah..

  6. Well Said
    December 16th, 2013 at 06:54 | #6

    They needcto decide on the revised toll rate for ALL the highways, then this will also be included ma!

  7. alm
    December 16th, 2013 at 08:34 | #7

    i believe after june. brideg is complete but connecting road to bridge not complete yet

  8. ks_rev
    December 16th, 2013 at 10:05 | #8

    stop giving us the bullshxt figure 99% / 99.9% n keep delaying….we want 100% complete n open for use….

  9. KarateKid
    December 16th, 2013 at 10:14 | #9

    @ks_rev

    Why so kan chiong?

  10. SLK
    December 17th, 2013 at 14:13 | #10

    Why need to spend billions just to ease ONLY 25% of traffic congestion???

  11. ezalor
    December 17th, 2013 at 14:27 | #11

    @SLK
    one way only 2 lanes…very good, got accident, jam like hell.

  12. SLK
    December 18th, 2013 at 09:12 | #12

    That how “kerajaan persekutuan” did their work for all these 50+ years. No wonder we are behind other asean country! LoL!

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