GEORGE TOWN, Feb 27 — Four million vehicles used the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge (JSAHMS) in 2014, said the managing director of Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd (JKSB) Datuk Ir Dr Ismail Mohamed Taib.
Ismail said from April to December last year, more than 3.4 million vehicles used the bridge to get to Penang from the mainland and vice versa.
“Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd (JKSB) is expecting to see an increase in total traffic volume of at least 10 per cent when the upgrading works at the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway by JKR are completed by end of this year,”
“Currently, the project is 57 per cent completed and reported to be ahead of schedule,” he said in a statement here today.
Ismail said before its opening, the bridge played host to the Merdeka Bike Ride with the Governor of Penang as the patron for the event.
“This event saw participation from local and international cyclists. This year we will be organising the Merdeka Bike Ride again in conjunction with the Merdeka Month Celebration and we are hoping that this will be a biennial event by JKSB if approval is given by the Malaysian Highway Authority,” said Ismail.
The longest bridge in Southeast Asia was developed by the federal government at a total cost of about RM4.5 billion and links the Batu Kawan area in Seberang Prai with Batu Maung on the island.
The bridge was opened in March last year. — Bernama