Penang Bridge (Jambatan Pulau Pinang in Malay) is a dual carriageway toll bridge connects George Town on the island of Penang and Seberang Prai on the mainland of Malaysia on the Malay Peninsula. The bridge is also linked to the North-South Expressway in Prai and Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway in Penang. It was officially opened to traffic on 14 September 1985. The total length of the bridge is 13.5 km (8.4 mi), making it the longest bridge in Malaysia as and the fourth-longest in Southeast Asia. The bridge was designed by Penang resident, Professor Chin Fung Kee, a well known civil engineer. Penang Bridge Sdn Bhd (PBSB) is the concession holder which manages it but now it is a member company of PLUS Expressway Berhad.
Before 1985, transportation between the island and the mainland was solely dependent on the state-owned Penang Ferry Service that runs between Butterworth and George Town. Toll fees is only paid when heading to the island. There is no charge for leaving the island.
Currently, Penang Bridge handles 65,000 vehicles daily and has a capacity of handling 85,000 vehicles daily. It has been expanded from 4 lanes to 6 lanes to accommodate increasing traffic on the bridge. A proposal for second bridge, the Penang Second Bridge, has been approved by the Malaysian federal government and included as one of the Ninth Malaysia Plan national projects. Construction work of the new Penang Second Bridge began in November 2008, and the target completion date is year 2013.
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... Penang Island is connected to the mainland by the 13.5-kilometre, three-lane, dual carriageway Penang Bridge (completed in 1985), one of the longest bridges in Asia ... the Malaysian government announced a second bridge project, tentatively named the Penang Second Bridge ... The bridge is currently under construction and is expected to be completed by the end of 2013 ...
... Penang Island is connected to the by the 13.5-kilometre Penang Bridge (completed in 1985), one of the longest bridges in Asia ... Due to heavy traffic, the bridge was broadened into 3 lanes from two, and the project was completed in 2010 ... On March 31, 2006, the Malaysian government announced a second bridge project, tentatively named the Penang Second Bridge, to be built under the Ninth ...
... the Malaysian federal government unveiled a plan to build the Penang Second Bridge in the Ninth Malaysia Plan ... On 12 November 2006, the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Penang Second Bridge was performed by the fifth Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi ... Newly elected Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng proposed a toll discount for any delays on the project and also expressed disappointment regarding the construction delay ...
... The Allianz Penang Bridge International Marathon has been held every year since 1985 ... Participants run over the third longest bridge in the world, Penang Bridge, and along a scenic coastal highway ... This is the only time of the year when the bridge is closed for several hours ...
... The Penang Second Bridge (Malay Jambatan Kedua Pulau Pinang) is a new bridge under construction in Penang, Malaysia ... It will connect Batu Kawan on the mainland Seberang Perai and Batu Maung on Penang Island ... It will be the second bridge to link the island to the mainland after Penang Bridge ...
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