Construction has begun on the 16.37km sea portion of the 23km-long second Penang Bridge which will have a middle cable stayed span much like the present Penang Bridge.
The two viewing platforms that formed the “pearl” in the original design have been scrapped.
Traffic jams that occur almost daily during peak hours would hopefully be reduced when this second bridge is ready.
Below is an artist's impression showing how the second Penang Bridge will look now that the viewing platforms in the original design have been scrapped. Work on the new bridge, which will look like the existing Penang Bridge, began yesterday. It is scheduled for completion in 2011.
Source: The Star
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