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New highway project in Penang takes off

Written by: mottaman | 05 Nov 2019 13:04
An artist’s impression of the Jalan Bukit Gambir interchange
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05 Nov 2019 13:04
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By 2023, driving from Bandar Baru Ayer Itam to Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu in Penang will take just a brisk five minutes, compared to 40 minutes today.

A new 5.7km toll-free road costing RM851mil with 1.8km on the ground and the other parts elevated will cut the driving time.

There will be three interchanges at Lebuhraya Thean Teik-Jalan Thean Teik, Jalan Bukit Gambir- Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah and at Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu.

Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said preliminary work on the project including land clearing has started. Major construction will begin next April and the bypass is expected to be completed by April 2023.

According to The Star, the road is the second package of three paired roads under the RM6.3bil undersea tunnel project.

The other two roads in the pipeline are Tanjung Bungah-Teluk Bahang (10.53km) and Jalan Pangkor-Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu (4.1km).

The 7.2km undersea tunnel will connect George Town’s Pangkor Road and Bagan Ajam in Butterworth. It is scheduled to begin in 2023 after feasibility studies.

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