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2nd Penang bridge to be named after M'sian king
Publication Date : 02-03-2014
The second Penang bridge will be named after the King of Malaysia Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah.
Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak made the announcement when opening the bridge at an open space near its entrance in Batu Maung.
Najib also said the public could use the bridge for free for one month.
The 24km-long link, which spans 16.9km over the sea, is the longest bridge in Southeast Asia. It took six years to be completed.
The first Penang bridge is 13.5km long and was opened to the public in 1985. Construction started three years earlier.
The first bridge can accommodate 155,000 vehicles a day, compared to 120,000 before it was expanded.
The second bridge, which is 10.5km longer than the first, will be able to cater to 100,000 vehicles per day. It has two car lanes and a motorcycle lane and links Batu Kawan on Penang's mainland to Batu Maung on the island.
Travelling on the bridge is estimated to take about 30 minutes at 80kph.
It was reported that the bridge is expected to reduce traffic congestion on the current Penang Bridge by 25% to 30%.