Penangites, we’ve got some bad news for you.

Starting next Tuesday (22nd August), certain sections of the Penang bridge will be closed for a 1-year period. This is to help facilitate bridge inspection and maintenance works. No doubt, this will affect the 82,000 vehicles that cross the bridge on a daily basis.

Penang Bridge
Source: Bong

The stay cables are the bridge’s most important component and safety checks need to be conducted on it every 4 years,” PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) chief operating officer Mohammad Fuad Khusairi was quoted as saying. A lane heading from the island to the mainland will be closed for 6 months. Subsequently, 1 lane from the opposite direction (Seberang Perai to Penang Island) will be closed for the next 6 months.

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In order to cope with the high traffic flow during peak hours, a tidal flow lane will be activated between 4pm and 8pm in the first 6 months. A similar lane will be opened between 6am to 10am in the following 6 months (February until August 2018). Drivers are advised to use the 2nd Penang bridge or an alternate route during this period.

Penang Bridge
Source: The Edge

Motorists can stay up to date the latest traffic information via PLUS or popular traffic apps such as Waze and Google Maps.

Sources: Paul Tan, The Star/ Featured image: Bong.

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