Friday, June 02, 2006

The Penang Bridge

The Penang Bridge (Jambatan Pulau Pinang in Malay) is a dual-carriageway toll bridge that connects Gelugor on the island of Penang and Seberang Prai on the mainland of Malaysia. The bridge is also linked to the North-South Expressway in Prai and Jelutong Expressway in Penang. It was officially opened to traffic on September 14, 1985. The total length of the bridge is 13.5 km, making it the third longest bridges in the world as well as a national landmark.Before 1985, transportation between the island and the mainland was solely dependent on the state-owned ferry services that runs between Butterworth and George Town.Similar to the ferry service in Penang, motorists only need to pay the toll fare of Rm7.00 and Rm1.40 for motorcycle while heading to the island. There is no charge for leaving the island.Currently, the Penang Bridge is being expanded from 4 lanes to 6 lanes to accommodate the increasing traffic on the bridge. There was also a proposal for a second bridge or tunnel-bridge to be built but it was postponed indefinitely due to its formidable cost.

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Blogger ChloeCheah said...

Nice shot man!
Anyway, I would suggest you to give intro varieties of food in Penang..Penang is simply my favourite!

5:01 AM  
Blogger Andrew Chew said...

Chloe, I shall. Thanks for your comments.

10:29 AM  

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