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All Night Long Span-Widening
Penang Bridge Projects Is Ongoing!


Smoother Traffic at the Penang
Bridge coming August 2009
with the upcoming Penang
Bridge Projects
The Penang Bridge that has been
serving Penangites for the past 20
years has reaches its capacity. Traffic
is already in chaos especially during
and after office hour. And to use
Penang ferry is not an option either as
the queue is much longer. So... To
solve the whole situation, a stitching
work on Penang Bridge begins.
The RM585 million span-widening projects are expected to be completed by August
next year. Under the span-widening project, the existing island-bound and
Prai-bound dual carriageway lanes will have an additional 4.8m wide on each lane
bringing the total lane from the current 2 to 3 each way.
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Widening works on the Penang Bridge
While most Penangites go to sleep, work to widen to Penang Bridge is being carried
out diligently. The decision to carry out the job during the night was prevent
unnecessary traffic congestion which is already a living nightmare for many
motorists.

There are about 500 workers including local contractors, Indonesia and Bangladeshi
working from midnight until 6am daily to work on the additional lanes on both side of
the bridge. Those who drive pass the bridge might not notice anything unusual
during the day as most of the work is being carried out under the bridge.

Works on the expansion of the Penang Bridge project has been started since
November 2006 and since then; massive concrete piles had been driven into the
land and marine areas of the bridge between the mid-span and Prai. Pilling for the
remaining stretch between the mid-span and Penang Island would be completed by
August.

UEM builders whom has been entrusted to carried out the widening project remain
hopeful that they will be able to complete the laying out of all the 288 I-shape
beams and 296 U-shape beams by early January next year. The beams which weigh
about 80 tonnes and 140 tonnes respectively are hoisted to the bridge by using a
350 tonnes crane onboard a 76 meter long barge. Once all the beams had been
placed at its designated position, concrete mix will later be poured over the steel
bars in the formwork (mould) placed on the beams to create a cemented deck slab.

The deadline for the completion of Penang Bridge span-widening projects will be at
24 August 2009 and many Penangites will keep their finger cross so that the traffic
nightmare that they have been enduring all this while will now be history.

Another good news is that the present government of Mr. Abdullah Badawi has
approved the construction of Penang
2nd bridge project from Batu Maung on Penang
Island to Batu Kawan on the Prai side, under 9th Malaysia Plan. It will be even longer
than the existing ones and will took 5 years to complete.
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