GEORGE TOWN, Aug 16 – Certain lanes on the Penang Bridge will be closed for a year due to maintenance works on the structure linking the island to the mainland. Operator PLUS Malaysia Berhad said the lanes will be closed for six months on one side and another six months on the other side starting this August 22.
PLUS Malaysia Berhad COO Mohammad Fuad Khusairi said the closure will be from Aug 22 this year to Aug 21 next year. In the meanwhile, he also said that the closure of the lanes is to facilitate scheduled maintenance works on the bridge’s stay cables.
“The stay cables are the bridge’s most important component and safety checks needed to be done every four years for the safety of users. To ensure comprehensive works can be carried out, parts of the road will be closed,” he said in a media briefing on the planned maintenance works today.
Mohammad Fuad said the eastbound (Penang Island to Seberang Perai) emergency lane will be closed for the first six months. He said the westbound (Seberang Perai to Penang Island) emergency lane will be closed for the subsequent six months.
To meet with the high traffic flow during peak hours, he said a tidal flow lane will be created between 4pm to 8pm to accommodate peak hour traffic for the mainland bound traffic for the first closure. Mohammad Fuad said a similar lane will be created between 6am to 10am to accommodate peak hour traffic for island bound traffic in the subsequent closure from February until August 2018 when maintenance works started.
He said the middle lanes of the bridge will be closed at night to enable workers to install scaffolding, passenger lifts and inspection works. Mohammad Fuad advised motorists to use the alternative second bridge or the ferry service as alternative routes during this period.
“Users can get the latest traffic information on the bridge throughthe PLUS Mobile app, its Twitter account @plustrafik or traffic apps such as Waze and Google Maps,” he added. Construction of the 13.5-kilometre long bridge was completed in 1985 and is used by some 80,000 vehicles on average daily during peak hours in the mornings and evenings. — PN