ASEAN’s longest bridge to open in Feb 2014

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Second Penang Bridge mapThe $1.4 billion Second Penang Bridge, which connects Batu Maung on the island to Batu Kawan on the Malaysian mainland, is expected to be opened to the public in February 2014, teh Penang government said.

The opening of the much-anticipated bridge is set to spell better economic times for Penang, which for over four decades has shone as a powerhouse for the manufacturing sector. The bridge serves as a second crossing besides the existing Penang Bridge, which was opened in 1985.

The 24-kilometer bridge runs 16.9 kilometers over water and has bee constructed by UEM Builders Bhd. and China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd. It is designed to withstand earthquakes of up to 7.5 on the Richter scale.

However, use of the bridge will not come for free. The toll suggested is 1.70 ringgit for motorcycles and 8.50 for cars. The 28-booth toll plaza at the Bandar Cassia interchange in Batu Kawan will be the biggest of its kind in Malaysia.

The bridge is 99.9 per cent complete while construction works on the toll plaza are on-going. In June 2013, a ramp at the Batu Maung Interchange section of the bridge collapsed, causing delay in construction.

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The $1.4 billion Second Penang Bridge, which connects Batu Maung on the island to Batu Kawan on the Malaysian mainland, is expected to be opened to the public in February 2014, teh Penang government said.

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Second Penang Bridge mapThe $1.4 billion Second Penang Bridge, which connects Batu Maung on the island to Batu Kawan on the Malaysian mainland, is expected to be opened to the public in February 2014, teh Penang government said.

The opening of the much-anticipated bridge is set to spell better economic times for Penang, which for over four decades has shone as a powerhouse for the manufacturing sector. The bridge serves as a second crossing besides the existing Penang Bridge, which was opened in 1985.

The 24-kilometer bridge runs 16.9 kilometers over water and has bee constructed by UEM Builders Bhd. and China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd. It is designed to withstand earthquakes of up to 7.5 on the Richter scale.

However, use of the bridge will not come for free. The toll suggested is 1.70 ringgit for motorcycles and 8.50 for cars. The 28-booth toll plaza at the Bandar Cassia interchange in Batu Kawan will be the biggest of its kind in Malaysia.

The bridge is 99.9 per cent complete while construction works on the toll plaza are on-going. In June 2013, a ramp at the Batu Maung Interchange section of the bridge collapsed, causing delay in construction.

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