Penang Bridge

  • Ranks as the longest bridge in Asia and 5th largest in the world,.
  • The iconic bridge that took 5 years to complete was the beloved bridge for every Penangites
  • The dual-carriageway bridge connecting Gelugor on the island of Penang and SeberangPrai on the mainland of Malaysia.
  • It has become a symbol of pride and national landmarks.
  • Build in 1980 Years, completed on 1985 years.
  • 3rd August 1985, Dr. Mahathir drove across the bridge in Red Proton Saga (national Car), carrying the national flag to officiate the opening ceremony.
  • 15 September 1985, the Yang di-PertuaNegeri, TunAwang Hassan, opened the bridge to the public and became its first user.
  • More than 70k people use the Penang Bridge daily.
  • Its full capacity of 100k on some days.
  • Its distinctive design and features saw the Penang Bridge won many awards.

1986 - Grand Award in the United States of America Engineering Excellence Competition sponsored by the Council of Consulting Engineers, Washington.

1993 - FIABCI Special Award (Development and Construction Phase Category) from the International Real Estate Federation of Malaysia.

  • The bridge also play host to an annual Penang Bridge run since its inception and has become a very popular event ever since.
  • It was the broad & bold vision of the then prime minister of Malaysia, Dr Mahathir that the mega scale construction could be realized.
  • Theprice tag of $629 million and revised for few more times up to $850 million.
  • More than 2300 people were involved in the construction, including about 800 South Koreans from the main contractor, Hyundai Engineering and Construction Co. Ltd.
  • Sadly to say, twenty workers loss their life during the construction. 
  • Overall Length: 13.5 km (8.4 miles)
  • Length Over Water: 8.4 km (5.2 miles)
  • Penang Island Viaduct & Approach: 1.5 km (0.9 miles)
  • Prai Approach: 3.6 km (2.2 miles)
  • Carriageway: 2 lanes per carriageway except in the central span where it is 3. Work to widen the entire bridge to 3 lanes per carriageway has begun.
  • Height of Tower Above Water: 101.5 m
  • Height of Bridge Above Water: 33 m
  • Main Span: 225 m
  • End Span: 107.5 m
  • Other Span: 40 m
  • Speed limit: 80 km/h
  • Maximum Gradient: 3.0%
  • Land Reclamation Mainland: 250 Acre
  • Land Reclamation Penang Island: 100 Acre
  • 24-hour closed circuit television (CCTV) camera installed at 7 locations along 
    the laybys and main span.
  • 12 emergency telephones (ET) which are located along both bounds at 1.2 
    km intervals on Bridge laybys and the main span.
  • HOTLINE at 1-800-88-0000.