Monday, March 01, 2010

The Penang Bridge!

One can't help to be pass through the Penang Bridge as they enter into the Pearl of the Orient, unless you prefer to use the ferry.

This 13.5km will be celebrating its' 25th birthday this year, and here's an article written about it:

PENANG: When veteran politician Dr Lim Chong Eu (now Tun) spoke about building a bridge linking Penang Island to Butterworth on the mainland way back in the 1950s and 60s, there were many sceptics.

They felt that such a massive infrastructural undertaking may not be feasible as no such bridge had been built in the region before.

But Dr Lim, who went on to become Chief Minister of Penang between 1969 and 1990, persevered with the idea of this important linkage.

Finally on April 13, 1985, a 13.5km bridge, with four towers in mid-span and standing 33m above water, was completed within four years after the federal government pumped in RM850mil for the project.

Before it was built, people mainly relied on the ferry services to cross the Penang Strait, making the conception of the bridge one of the most important developments in the history of Penang.
Click HERE for the rest of the story.

I have to admit, living here on the island, the bridge is crucial in getting me to places on mainland. And as much as i would want to take a relaxing ferry trip back to the island, the bridge is the fastest way to return to the island (unless you have a jetpack or an aeroplane to go).

This bridge have appeared in the news on several occasions in the past, include traffic congestion, accidents, and marathon events.

Well, with the second Penang Bridge project on the way, which would make lives of those living in the southwest district of the island easier.

Anyway, here's to many more years for the Penang Bridge!

Love & Peace!~


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