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by royce tan
GEORGE TOWN: Construction work on the ramps’ section of the Second Penang Bridge has resumed following the greenlight obtained from the Department of the Occupational Safety and Health and the Penang Municipal Council.
Work on Ramp 1 and Ramp 2 of the Batu Maung Interchange (Package 3 A), which partially collapsed on June 6 and killed a motorist, is now back on track.
Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd (JKSB) public relations and communication adviser Datuk Mohammad Salleh Rafie, who confirmed this, said the stop-work order was lifted several weeks ago.
“The construction of Package 3A was put on hold due to the incident on June 6 where one of the ramps collapsed. We expect the contractor to complete this package by Oct 8 and the roads near the ramp will also be reopened once the interchange is completed,” he said after the commissioning of street and decorative lighting on the Second Bridge on Friday.
This was the first time that lights were lit on the bridge and it came about in conjunction with the 56th National Day celebrations.
Mohammed Salleh stressed that the ramp which caved in during the mishap had not affected the overall structure of the bridge.
He assured the public that the bridge was safe for users.
“The public need not worry about its safety. The bridge is safe for use and it will be opened to the public later this year upon approval from the Works Ministry,” he said.
The RM4.5bil Second Penang Bridge spanning 24km, with 16.9km over the sea, will link Batu Kawan on the mainland with Batu Maung on the island.
The project, now about 97.5% completed, is listed as a mega project by the Federal Government. Upon completion, it is expected to spur the socio-economic growth and development, especially in the Northern Corridor Economic Region.
At the lighting ceremony, Mohammad Salleh said about 105 out of 292 street light poles from Pier 0 to Pier 48 on the bridge were activated for the first time to show the project was on track, including the decorative lights at the main navigational span.
“The decorative lights are unique as the colour and tempo of the lights will change according to the country’s major festivities or celebrations, similar to those of Incheon Bridge in South Korea that changes its colours according to the (four) seasons.”
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