The Penang Bridge Length Is 13.5km

Beautiful Sunset View of Penang Bridge


History Of Penang Bridge



Taking shape: A photo supplied by Penang Bridge Sdn Bhd showing Penang Bridge construction work in progress.



Historic day: The first and only dinner held on Penang Bridge prior to its public opening (circa 1987). Picture by retired engineer Freddie Ng.


The Penang Bridge is a 13.5km (8.4-mile) dual carriageway toll bridge and controlled-access highway in the state of Penang, Malaysia. The bridge connects Butterworth on the mainland side of the state with Gelugor on the island, crossing the Selatan Strait. The bridge was inaugurated on 14 September 1985 and it is the first road connection between the peninsula and the island. The bridge is well known as the second-longest bridge in Malaysia and the fifth-longest in Southeast Asia by total length, with a length over water of 8.4 kilometres (5.2 miles). The current concession holder and maintainer of the bridge is PLUS Expressways.

Before the bridge was built, Penang Ferries carried passengers between Butterworth and George Town. In the early 1970s, the idea to build a bridge linking Seberang Perai to Penang Island was suggested by the 2nd Prime Minister of Malaysia’s Tun Abdul Razak and the 2nd Chief Minister of Penang’s Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu.

At the end of 1971, the Malaysian government appointed Christiani Nielsen A/S of Denmark to carry out a feasibility study. In the year 1976, Penang Bridge was planned during the term of 3rd Prime Minister of Malaysia’s Tun Hussein Onn.

In November 1976, Howard Needles Tammen & Bergendorf of USA in association with Jurutera Konsultant (SEA) Sdn. Bhd. of Malaysia was appointed to design and supervise the construction of the bridge.

On 23 July 1981, Works Minister of Malaysia’s Dato Seri Samy Vellu announced that Penang Bridge, Penang would be constructed using the cable-stayed concrete girder of the San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge instead of the steel-tied arch in the style of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Quick Facts:

  • Construction: 1982~ Sept 1985
  • Cost: Ringgit Malaysia 800 million
  • Connecting: Seberang Perai ~ George Town
  • Length over water: 8.4 km (kilometer)
  • Overall length: 13.5 km (kilometer)
  • Main bridge: Cable-stayed bridge with beam and slab deck
  • Approach: Beam and slab deck bridge
  • Main navigation span: 107.5 m + 225 m +107.5 m
  • Main navigation span ship protection: Man-made island
  • Others spans: 40 m
  • Speed limit: 80 km/h
  • Architect: Chin Fung Kee 
    1. Born: 1920, Malaysia
    2. Died: August 29, 1990
    Chin Fung Kee was a respected and outstanding Malaysian civil engineer in engineering practice, as well as engineering research and education. He is known for his excellence in geotechnical, structural and hydraulic engineering.





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