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Penang Bridge, Penang Island

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The Penang Bridge, route, is a 13.5km dual carriageway toll bridge and controlled-access highway in the state of Penang, Malaysia. The bridge connects Perai on the mainland side of the state with Gelugor on the island, crossing the Penang Strait. The bridge was the first and, until 2014, the only road connection between the peninsula and the island. The bridge is the second-longest bridge in Malaysia and the fifth-longest in Southeast Asia by total length, with a length over water of 8.4km.The bridge was inaugurated on 14 September 1985. The current concession holder and maintainer of the bridge is PLUS Expressways. Penang Bridge Sdn Bhd was the concession holder before it was merged with the current concessionaire.HistoryPlanningBefore 1985, transportation between the island and the mainland was solely dependent on the state-owned Penang Ferry Service that runs 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.
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  • Best to view at from afar but not worth the experience and time driving on it since we can’t stop nor walk as there are no pavement for pedestrians.  more »
  • Yes, the traffic on this bridge is awful during peak hours. Yes, there is no designated spot for tourists to pull over and enjoy the view. Yes, there are newer and more architecturally distinctive bri...  more »
  • One can hardly avoid the bridge, it is certainly exciting to drive over the open sea and to have a similar experience, such as on the Florida Keys
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