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Fireworks lighting up the night sky in Batu Maung
GEORGE TOWN: The second Penang bridge has been named Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah Bridge after the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak made the announcement during the official opening of the bridge in Batu Maung on Saturday.
He said the bridge would be free of charge for a month from midnight.
The 24-km long link, which spans over 16.9km over the sea, is the longest bridge in South-East Asia.
It took six years to be completed.
The bridge has a capacity of 100,000 vehicles per day with its two car lanes and a motorcycle lane, linking Batu Kawan on the mainland to Batu Maung on the island.
It is 10.5km longer than the Penang Bridge.
Travelling time on the bridge is estimated to take about 30 minutes at 80kph.
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