Second Penang Bridge
Bridge a catalyst for growth
NIBONG TEBAL: The RM3bil second Penang Bridge will serve as a catalyst for development at the northern corridor and also position the state as a northern hub for sea and air connections.
The Penang Second Bridge, which will become South-East Asia’s longest bridge when completed, will have a futuristic design. The bridge is due to be opened in January 2011.
Its most striking feature is the two circular-shaped viewing platforms at the middle span of the bridge. The design of the platforms – which bear a resemblance to oyster shells with pearls – was inspired by Penang’s position as the Pearl of the Orient.
The platforms will enable travelers and tourists to enjoy the panoramic view of the mainland and the island. The two-level platforms will have car park bays at the lower level and a pedestrian crossing that connects both platforms.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the Penang International Airport and the Penang Port would be upgraded to support the second Penang Bridge as a gateway to the northern corridor so as to enhance and promote the economic growth of the neighbouring states.
“With the second bridge, activites at the Penang International Airport in Bayan Lepas and the Penang Port will increase manifold in terms of export and import business,” said Abdullah at the ground breaking ceremony of the second bridge in Batu Kawan yesterday.
“There is no need to build more airports or ports. We will use what is already there, but it (current infrastructures) should be upgraded,” he said. “Once the airport is upgraded, I believe it will have the ability and capacity to bring air cargo from the northern region to other places. And this can also be used to import goods to cater for the needs of the northern region.
Source :The Star 13/11/06 Close Window