Bridge, measuring about 13.5 km, is one of the longest bridge in the
world. The symmetrical fan-shaped centre span construction that
rises to a height of 225 metres base been uniquely designed.
This is also known to be the longest bridge in South-East Asia,
linking the Penang island to the mainland of peninsula Malaysia.
Penang people previously had only one travel option when travelling
between the island and mainland of Penang, and that is by Ferry. In
the early 1980's when the state became more and more industrialised
with the setting up of many factories in Bayan Lepas Free Trade Zone
areas, the construction of Penang Bridge was initiated to cope with
the mass increase in traffic.
The bridge construction work took about five years to complete and
was officially opened on 15 September 1985. Driving across the
bridge takes about 15 minutes at 80 km maximum speed. Traffic flow
is smooth except on festive public holidays, before and after work
hours. In 2010, the project on widening bridge from 2 lanes to 3
lanes traffic flow was completed to ease heavy traffic congestion.
The bridge is opened all the year round, except on the sports event
day of "The Penang Bridge International Marathon". Both local and
international runners are attracted to participate in the marathon
every year. The marathon is divided into 4 categories, that is, Full
Marathon, Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon and Fun Run. High tech
timing devices are used to provide accurate speed measurements
during the marathon. Penang Bridge International Marathon is now a
signature event of Penang.
Travel Tips :
If you are staying around Georgetown or the northern regions, you can
consider crossing over to the
mainland part of Penang, by ferry and
then drive back via Penang Bridge.
Penang ferry trip is about 20 minutes and the
fare is only RM7.70 for 2-way trip. Bridge toll is RM7.00.
But you only need to pay either the ferry fare or bridge toll since
payment for both services is collected at the terminals on mainland
Perhaps when you are in mainland Penang, you may drive
Juru Auto City, which is a food haven with multi national cuisine
restaurants and drinking pubs. To reach Juru Auto City, you need to follow the
North-South Highway near Penang Bridge toll, about 5 minutes drive
from there. And if you are staying around the southern part of
Penang, then you should go via Penang Bridge and then return by